I Should Know who Amy Schumer is by Now...

I am always a few months behind when it comes to comedy. I will stumble upon a new act, binge-watch all their stuff, share it with all my people, then promptly forget about them. I won't keep up with what's happening at Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live, or wherever cool people get their comedy fix these days, and as a result I will scroll past all the memes and gifs of the latest comedy MVP on Tumblr, because I just don't understand the references.

This is exactly what has been happening with regard to Amy Schumer. I vaguely remember her pulling some sort of stunt involving Kim Kardashian on the red carpet, and apparently she has a great show on Comedy Central called Inside Amy Schumer, but really I know nothing about her.

I am going to have to start paying attention and catching up really quickly. This video of her tackling sexism and ageism in Hollywood is hilarious:

It is spot on. If the tweets and the Jezebel or Buzzfeed articles are to be believed, this is the type of work Schumer is best at: smart, feminist comedy that brings a fresh perspective to the issues plaguing the industry that she works in at present. She has my attention.

In the next few months, her first movie Trainwreck will be in cinemas. The trailer got me when it introduced Judd Apatow as the director and Bill Hader in the role of the love interest to Schumer's lead character. More importantly, it is written by Schumer, and makes an attempt to turn the oppressive narrative of the romantic comedy completely on its head, and put reality back into the picture.

Overseas reviews are painting Trainwreck in quite a favourable light, but I will reserve my opinion until I have actually seen it. But in the interest of full disclosure: I am not expecting a miracle. I have long been a cynic about the romantic comedy "genre" and the awful messages it churns out at such an alarming rate, so it takes a lot to impress me.


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