Amy Schumer has been a rising star in the comedy world for the past year, with her success culminating from the premiere of her first leading film role in “Trainwreck,” which she also wrote the screenplay for. Even though “Trainwreck” has been her most recent success, it’s been a long time coming.
Despite her recent successes in the world of comedy, Schumer’s been active in it for over 10 years. She began her stand-up career in 2004 at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. In 2007, Schumer auditioned for the NBC reality competition “Last Comic Standing,” even making it to the final four contestants. After leaving “Last Comic Standing,” Schumer landed minor roles in shows such as “30 Rock,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Girls.”
After appearing on Comedy Central for a couple of their celebrity roasts, namely for Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr, she was given her own comedy series, Inside Amy Schumer,” and a stand-up comedy special, “Mostly Sex Stuff.” “Inside Amy Schumer” is broken up into segments that can include sketches, interviews and parts of Schumer’s stand-up. Her current popularity is evident as she hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” and performed her own HBO special, “Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo.” The next big project she has planned is an unnamed movie that she will co-write and co-star with Jennifer Lawrence, where the two will play sisters.
Much of Schumer’s comedy is based on sexuality and gender roles, which may have led to her popularity. Many comedians make jokes about people or events that happened to them or their friends, but Schumer goes as far as taking aspects of society as sources for her material. This difference from other comedians makes her stand out and appeal to a broader audience than other ones can. For example she joked “It’s work having a vagina. Guys don’t think that it’s work but it is. You think it shows up like that to the event? It doesn’t. Every night it’s like getting it ready for its first Quinceañera, believe me.” Schumer’s soaring popularity and new view on comedy will bring her many successes to come.