Posted in: Disc Reviews by Paul O'Callaghan on January 31st, 2013
Comedy Central is the main access for exposure for most comedians today. They regularly broadcast up and coming comedy specials, and Amy Schumer seems to be one of their latest favorites. She has a new sketch comedy show coming out this spring on Comedy Central called Inside Amy Schumer. She was also featured on the celebrity roasts of Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr with a number of better-known performers. Her material is fairly fearless, targeting anyone and everyone. Her material in this comedy special is a good example. When it says mostly sex stuff, it is completely accurate. She leaves very little to the imagination about her sex life. This DVD is clearly NSFW or not safe for children or probably not safe for your mother or grandmother. Funny enough, but Schumer has her mother and sister there while she says lots of bad words about them.
It is pretty much impossible to say too much about what she says in this stand-up concert. It was done for Comedy Central, but you would have to buy this DVD to hear it without hundreds of bleeps. She comes off looking very sweet on stage, and she knows that’s part of the appeal. Her uncle is Chuck Schumer, one of the most powerful members of the Senate. I can imagine he is going to want to keep a distance from that wing of the family.
In fairness, comedy today is generally expected to be no-holds-barred in this day and age, and to make an impact Amy decided to go as far as a woman can go in the area of uncensored material. She cites Jim Norton as one of her mentors and someone she has opened for a number of times. His material is also as sexually open as you could possibly imagine. I think most adults are open to this in the privacy of their own home but might be embarrassed in a room full of strangers.
My problem is that it really is impossible to talk about the material in a journalistic forum. It is simply not acceptable. I can say that it is funny enough, and she is appealing enough, but not enough to be a superstar yet. She is clearly ambitious and is hoping to become more widely known. She came in fourth on Last Comic Standing a few years ago and would clearly like to have major network exposure again. Most people say women are not tough enough to do stand-up, and she addresses that in the special.
The special also includes her uncensored segments from the two roasts, so you get to see her in a few different lights. It’s a tough arena, and she feels she’s as good as any male comic without losing her femininity, but what exactly does that word mean any more? If this special is any indication, femininity is the ability to own all the body parts that make you a woman without any shame. She certainly has no problem calling her behavior a little slutty. She is clearly proud of her slutty image and embraces it with gusto. She seems to say that men are sluts and she’s their equal in every way.