Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer by Mario Santor.jpg
Schumer in November 2011.
Birth name Amy Beth Schumer
Born (1981-06-01) June 1, 1981 (age 34)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Medium Stand up, theatre, television
Years active 2004–present
Genres Observational comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy
Subject(s) Relationships, gender dynamics, sex, female stereotypes, everyday life, family, friendships
Influences Judy Gold, Wendy Liebman,[1] Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho,[2] Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers,[3] Ellen DeGeneres,[citation needed] Carol Burnett,[4] Lucille Ball,[4] Jon Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Seth MacFarlane[5]
Notable works and roles Comedy Central Roast, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff

Amy Beth Schumer (born June 1, 1981)[6] is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she placed second on Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back. In 2012, she held a recurring role on the Adult Swim series Delocated. She is currently the star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which airs on Comedy Central.

Early life

Schumer was born on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York,[7] the daughter of Sandra (née Jones) and Gordon Schumer,[8][9] who owned a baby furniture company.[7] She has a younger sister, Kimberly,[10] who is a comedy writer and a producer,[11] and a brother, Jason Stein, who is a musician in Chicago, Illinois.[12][13] Her father is the first cousin of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, making Amy Schumer and Chuck Schumer first cousins once removed.[14][15] Her great-grandmother, Estelle Schumer, was a bootlegger in Manhattan.[7]

Schumer's father is Jewish and her mother is from a Protestant background (of English, German, Scottish and Welsh descent).[16] She was raised Jewish.[17][18]

Through the success of her father's furniture company in Manhattan, Schumer grew up wealthy.[19] At age nine, her family went bankrupt, and her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis;[14] her parents divorced three years later,[20] and she moved to Long Island with her mother. She attended South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York and was voted both "Class Clown" and "Teacher's Worst Nightmare" upon graduation in 1999.[21] Schumer moved to Baltimore, Maryland after high school where she attended Towson University, graduating with a degree in theater in 2003.[10][21] She returned to New York City after college, where she studied at the William Esper Studio for two years and worked as a bartender and a waitress.[21]


In 1992, Schumer was an extra on the musical drama Newsies, where she was dressed as a boy.[19] She portrayed a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer in the off-Broadway black comedy Keeping Abreast.[21] She started doing stand-up comedy on June 1, 2004, when she first performed at Gotham Comedy Club.[22] She recorded a Live at Gotham episode for Comedy Central before appearing on Last Comic Standing; she said in August 2012 that she thought of the episode as her "big break."[23]

Schumer performing in 2006

After not passing an audition for an earlier season,[24] she advanced to the finals of the fifth season of the NBC reality television talent show Last Comic Standing and placed fourth.[22] Schumer said in April 2011, "Last Comic was totally fun. I had a great time because there was no pressure on me; I had been doing stand-up around two years. I wasn't supposed to do well. So every time I advanced it was a happy surprise. I kept it honest on the show and it served me well."[25]

Schumer co-starred in the Comedy Central reality show Reality Bites Back in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Butterfinger.[26]

Schumer was a recurring guest on Fox News late-night program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld between 2007 and 2012. Her first Comedy Central Presents special aired on April 2, 2010. She served as a co-host of A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus (later titled Hoppus on Music) in 2011.[25] She has also written for Cosmopolitan.[25]

Schumer did an episode (#154) of WTF with Marc Maron podcast on March 3, 2011, in which she discusses her early life in more detail.[27]

Schumer has appeared in roles on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, the Adult Swim mockumentary series Delocated, and the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm and Girls.[28] She acted in three films in 2012: the independent comedy Price Check, the comedy-drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and the independent comedy Sleepwalk with Me.[29] Schumer also appeared on The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in September 2011, and The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr in August 2012.

Schumer's debut standup comedy album Cutting was released on April 25, 2011. Her standup comedy special Mostly Sex Stuff premiered on Comedy Central on August 18, 2012 to positive reviews.[30]

Schumer said in February 2012, "I don't like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can't."[31]

In June 2012, Schumer began work on a sketch comedy series for Comedy Central. The show features single-camera vignettes of Schumer playing "heightened versions" of herself. The vignettes are linked together with footage of Schumer's stand-up.[32] The show, titled Inside Amy Schumer, premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013. Inside Amy Schumer was picked up for a second season that began in 2014. A behind-the-scenes miniseries entitled Behind Amy Schumer premiered in 2012. The third season premiered on April 21, 2015, with a fourth season ordered the same day.[33]

In 2014, Schumer embarked on her Back Door Tour to promote the second season of her show.[34] The show featured closing act Bridget Everett, whom Schumer cites as her favorite live performer.[35] She also appeared as a guest on an episode of comedian Jerry Seinfeld's internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2014.[36]

Schumer wrote and stars in her first movie, Trainwreck, with Bill Hader, which will be released in July, 2015.[37]

She hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, which took place on April 11.[38]

Personal life

Schumer has dated professional wrestler Dolph Ziggler,[39] as well as comedian Anthony Jeselnik.[40]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Sense Memory   Short film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Amy Uncredited
2012 Price Check Lila  
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Lacey/Woman #1  
2015 Trainwreck Amy Also writer


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Live at Gotham Herself Episode 2.6
2007 Last Comic Standing Herself 7 episodes
2008 Reality Bites Back Herself 7 episodes
2009 Cupid Heather Episode: "The Tommy Brown Affair"
2009 30 Rock Stylist Episode: "Mamma Mia"
2010 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Herself Episode 1.4
2010 Comedy Central Presents Herself Stand-up special, season 14, episode 14
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Teammate #2 Episode: "Mister Softee"
2011 Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen Roaster TV special
2012 Delocated Trish 8 episodes
2012 Louie Diane Voice
Episode: "Barney/Never"
2012 Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr Roaster TV special
2012 Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff Herself Stand-up special
2012 Dave's Old Porn Herself Episode 2.3
2013–2014 Girls Angie 2 Episodes
2013–present Inside Amy Schumer Herself, Various Characters Also creator, writer, executive producer
2015 2015 MTV Movie Awards Herself (host) TV special

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 American Comedy Award Best Comedy Actress – TV Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
2014 Dorian Award Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
2015 Writers Guild of America Award Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series Inside Amy Schumer Nominated
2015 Peabody Award Inside Amy Schumer Won
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Inside Amy Schumer Won
2015 Television Critics Association Award Individual Achievement in Comedy Inside Amy Schumer Pending


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