Amy Schumer is the comic engine in ‘Trainwreck’

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amy Schumer Talks Fame and Sex: ”I’m Not Doing This for the Dick”.

“This is all your fault.” So says C-3PO to R2-D2 in the original Star Wars, but we’re not sure who’s going to get the blame for this: Apparently that sultry GQ cover shoot featuring Amy Schumer sucking on the golden protocol droid’s finger was not something sanctioned by Lucasfilm. Sources close to the film company tell EW they did not authorize the shoot, did not participate, and were totally surprised to see the characters in a photo spread, apparently enjoying post-coital cigarettes while lounging in bed with the comedienne, who was seemingly naked except for some carefully draped locks of hair. But what about the channel that hosts those shareable videos? “Inside Amy Schumer,” the sketch comedy series that is currently in its third season on Comedy Central, walked away with seven Emmy nominations on Thursday.

But her real area of expertise is in dating, and sleeping with, a succession of muscular dolts whom she never, ever lets stay overnight. (Pro wrestler John Cena is hilarious as one such numbskull.) She drinks heavily, smokes pot and is familiar with the Sunday morning Walk of Shame across New York’s five boroughs. Schumer herself was nominated for comedy actress, the first time a sketch star has been recognized in a lead category. “Amy’s been a part of our family for so many years. The movie opens with a flashback scene of young Amy and her sister Kim being told of their parents’ divorce, as their father (Colin Quinn) imparts the motto “Monogamy isn’t realistic.” In Amy’s adulthood, Dad is in an assisted-living facility, where she and Kim (Brie Larson) — now married to a sweetly dull guy (Mike Birbiglia) — make uneasy visits. Ganeless acknowledged that Schumer’s increased Internet stardom brought awareness to the show; the cabler has made a concerted effort in recent years to seek out, and promote existing, talent via the Web and social media. “Amy was discovered and made her way before that changed the ecosystem, but now it just means her content is more accessible to so many more people and in so many more ways,” Ganeless said. “She understands her fans and is able to create really smart, insightful pieces that her fans can watch in full.” While Schumer is certainly celebrating — she tweeted a photo of herself apparently gorging on junk food and beer — she’s not the only one who received some good news on Thursday morning.

Her editor, Dianna — played brilliantly by Tilda Swinton, channeling Larry Flynt’s crudity in the body of a tanned Australian ex-supermodel — assigns her to profile an orthopedic surgeon, Aaron Connors (Bill Hader), who specializes in fixing pro athletes. Comedy Central has long maintained a presence in the variety series categories due to TV Academy favorites Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, but this year it saw major breakthroughs in other categories and received a total of 25 Emmy nominations (up from 21 in 2014 and 16 in 2013). Amy knows nothing about sports and barely recognizes that the guy who comes into Aaron’s office to schedule a “Downton Abbey” viewing session is NBA star LeBron James (who shows solid comic chops in the BFF role). Another sketch series, “Key & Peele,” earned six noms and a specific shout-out to co-star Keegan-Michael Key in the supporting actor in a comedy category.

Ganeless says it’s “unlikely, but to be determined” as to whether this would mean separate on-air promotional material for him without partner Jordan Peele. In part Comedy Central’s windfall is the result of the TV Academy’s decision to differentiate sketch shows from talk shows for the variety categories. I’m down to have a conversation, but I’m not a party animal.” Schumer continued, “I don’t even think I say that [in my stand-up], but I think what people take from what I see on stage is that, ‘This girl’s down to f–k, and she’s down to take shots.’ I’m not down for either of those things. More often than not, she makes herself the target of the jokes — usually focusing on her carefree attitude and the fact that her body type is several steps away from anorexic. “Trainwreck” is about 15 minutes too long, thanks to Apatow’s usual inability to cut the flab.

I love outstanding variety new shows — what’s it called again?,” laughed Waters, who also said Comedy Central is “taking more chances now and letting artists make their show that they want to make. The movie picks up the pace in the second half, with a hilarious and sweet finale where Schumer’s character — in the finest rom-com tradition — puts her heart on her sleeve. As a reporter at a men’s magazine, Schumer plays a character “utterly repulsed by the idea of marriage and children” who “uses sex” as a “temporary form of release,” according to The Guardian.

But that “brilliance” is really just an endless parade of four-letter skits Schumer delivers as the host of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” One called “Milk Milk Lemonade” featured twerking derrières while she sang about where “fudge is made.” Another sketch showed Schumer and other comediennes celebrating Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s “Last F**kable Day.” Schumer also made headlines after comparing birth control access to gun rights.

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