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AMY SCHUMER ON WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE GUTSIEST COMEDIAN IN AMERICA

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FOR RELEASE: July 20, 2015

                    

“I’ve always had my wrist slapped for being myself.

 

New York, N.Y. —“Providing a voice for women that was palatable for men also. An honest, unapologetic human voice,” Amy Schumer tells GQ’s Chris Heath of how her comedic voice has evolved. “It fucking sucks,” she says, echoing her oft expressed opinion on being a woman. “It’s exhausting. I’m very annoyed by all the physical stuff—the heels, the makeup, outfits, versus my male counterparts who are rolling out of bed. Women are accomplishing more and more, and men are plateauing, so there are these insane expectations of how you’ll be. You really are kind of encouraged to accomplish everything, and then you get to realize, ‘But not too much—make everyone comfortable.’”

 

Schumer sits down to speak with Heath at length about the build up to becoming comedy’s ‘It’ girl, and the experiences that she says will continue to evolve her voice.

 

On being a woman in comedy:

“I’ve opened for male comics for years and see the difference in the treatment. It’s the expectation of how a woman is going to be, or should be: Be sweet and likeable and apologize for stealing oxygen from the world. Just be a pleasure and service what the experience is. And it’s ‘What a cunt—did you just hear her asl for that thing she’s supposed to have?’ All I’ve ever wanted is to be treated like a comedian who’s performing at your venue, who sold it out. Just talk to me how you would talk to Bill Burr, who was here the week before me. Like Patton Oswalt, who’ll be here next week.”

 

On writing the 12 Angry Men episode of Inside Amy Schumer:

“I had that idea and all of the sudden I was really excited about the third season. It was a scene that I would say I wrote about 90 percent on because I don’t want the [show’s other] writers to go home and think about ways to insult me. I don’t want to be handed a new insecurity: ‘Oh, you didn’t know something’s wrong with your knees?’ I worked really fucking hard on it. It got to me after hours and hours, but I was laughing the whole time, thinking about Paul Giamatti saying ‘Her ass makes me furious.’ It was empowering to put all those insults about myself out there. I love being in my own skin, and I hope other women start feeling better about themselves and waste less energy being ashamed of their bodies.”

 

On how she expects her comedy to evolve:

“I truly feel I’m getting a lot of attention right now and it’s just a ticking time bomb. Like, I wonder what the thing is going to be that will make people want to burn me at the stake. There’s no way to control it. I think it will be really arbitrary and a misunderstanding. But yeah, I’m really enjoying the love right now. … I know inevitably I’ll get more political, just as an adult with changing interests, which is good—no one wants to hear me talk about who I fucked or whatever for another twenty years.”

  

On working with Chris Rock for her upcoming HBO special:

“Chris—I might get emotional talking about it—getting to drive around with Chris Rock and have him give me notes on me set. My Make-A-Wish would be to have that.”

 

On her reaction to the rumors that she would be considered for the next host of The Daily Show:

“Fucking honored. It was so nice for them to have that confidence in me, these people who know you really well getting behind you in a way you didn’t think they would. … I really thought about it. I really thought about it. But I want to do other things. … And I think Trevor will be amazing, and I’m really glad they went with him.” 

 

The August issue of GQ is currently available on newsstands in New York and LA, and will be nationally July 27. 

Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2015