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It is virtually impossible not to have heard of Amy Schumer. She is the female comedian wunderkind, taking the world by storm. She first hit my radar when speeches she'd made defending women started appearing in my Facebook feed. I then began to hear of her show, Inside Amy Schumer, so when her movie Trainwreck came out, I was very keen to see it. I'll admit, given the hype, I was a little disappointed as everyone else seemed to find it so funny.
When I sat down to watch Inside Amy Schumer, I had a little trepidation, however there was no need - like her stand up, it is hilarious. At times she pushes to extremes that can make you slightly uncomfortable. Her brand of feminist humour is not so much pushing a political barrow, but just comedy from an honest female viewpoint, and that in the comedy world is rare, regardless of gender. (For the record, I polled my male friends, as I wondered how it came across to them, and all but one loved her comedy, and for most, she was their favourite comedian.) Even when she is pushing the envelope, Schumer tends to charm by being unapologetically herself. She is often blunt and without a filter, yet still delightful and entertaining.
The show is made up of skits, linked with cuttings of her stand up routine, vox pop and an interview with people such as a dominatrix, a stripper, a plastic surgeon and so on. The interviews highlight how quick witted she is, while inviting the audience to see layers to society that we may not usually encounter without judgement. As an added bonus, if you like the stand up on the season, there's the full act in the bonus features, which is well worth a watch in it's entirety.
While Amy is relatively new to Australian shores, she's been gracing our screens in 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm and other such comedian driven shows and films for years. This probably explains the who's who of comedian royalty and actors that make guest appearances in the show. Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Giamatti, Parker Posey, Janeane Garofalo and many more. My favourite was Paul Glasner (who I love in Parks and Recreation) in the Hooters parody skit, again accentuating the female perspective. That skit makes me chuckle every time I think about it. It cleverly highlights what we take for granted, what we put up with without questioning, and what would never happen if gender roles were reversed. Yet it's still funny without being alienating.
The show is not for kids, and needless to say not suitable for work, but for lovers of comedy, it's the perfect gift for this Christmas. It is little wonder Amy made Time's '100 Most Influential People' this year, and if the Inside Amy Schumer Box set is any indication, her star will only continue to rise.
The DVD box set of Inside Amy Schumer will be released in Australia from 28th October, RRP $34.95:
It includes: Inside Amy Schumer - S1 Stand Up Behind The Scenes 1
Behind The Scenes 2 Behind The Scenes 3 Behind The Scenes 4
Behind The Scenes 5
Unaired Scene - Brother
Unaired Scene - Dance
Inside Amy Schumer - S2 Stand Up