Amy Schumer’s Takedown of This Bachelorette Contestant Was Awesome…but …

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 Reasons Amy Schumer should be the new host of “The Bachelorette”.

We may have appreciated JJ’s dirty puck joke upon meeting Kaitlyn last week, but that was only because it mirrored her opening joke to Chris last season.

Last night, Amy Schumer stopped by “The Bachelorette” to help the male contestants develop stand-up routines for a comedy-themed group date with Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe. Following the early (and much appreciated) dismissal of contestant Ryan McDill before the first rose ceremony, it would be easy to assume that the crazy had officially left the building.

Much like last season’s Jimmy Kimmel cameo, this was easily the most fun segment of the season so far; Schumer’s wry wit helped pierce the show’s earnest facade, reminding us that dating a dozen guys should be more about having a laugh than about brawling, sobbing and slut-shaming — well, for half an episode, at least! We knew that he loved Mark Wahlberg, the music of DMX, and his mother, but we had no clue that he also loved having zero chill. (Warning, spoilers ahead.) On Monday night’s episode, the local contestant approached Kaitlyn in private, expressing his concern that he may have only been chosen for the show to fulfill some sort of racial quota. It seems that some of the guys made a better impression than others: While one gets away with only a couple jokes at the expense of his shirt, another manages to convince Schumer that he’s a total “turd.”

From brawls in the ring to a cringe-worthy meltdown of Jake Pavelka-proportions let’s recap the craziest moments from Monday’s episode of “The Bachelorette.” It’s all fun and games on a reality show until someone gets hurt — literally. In fact, last night’s episode was refreshingly girl power-fueled, almost enough to make us forget the sexist disaster that was last week’s premiere.

Kaitlyn assures him that it has nothing to do with his race, and that she had a connection with him “right off the bat.” It’s not enough for Kupah though, who is still so heated that he ends up sounding off to all of the other bachelors. During Monday night’s Bachelorette, Schumer made the world fall even more in love with her as she helped the guys prepare for a night of stand-up comedy. During the first group date, the contestants are tasked to prep for a boxing match in order to win a spot in “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe’s heart. However, Kupah’s “I just want to know if we actually have a connection” breakdown was a lot more understandable than JJ’s conscious decision to be the official a—hole of the house.

Specifically, she helped to knock JJ, the house jerk, off his high horse by explaining that his jokes weren’t funny and he’s not smarter than everyone else. But what about shifting things the other way? “The Bachelorette” is badly in need of a reinvention, and replacing the soppy Chris Harrison with a badass female host like, oh, I don’t know, Amy Schumer, could be just the shakeup the show needs. Big tough guy Ben brought out his soft side by talking about losing his mother, and Jared managed to come back from the hospital just to steal a second and one hot kiss with Kaitlyn. Between sassing the contestants on their outfits and guzzling wine over their pickup lines, Amy Schumer isn’t afraid to tell it like it is — even if she’s shaming a certain suitor over his lack of charisma in the confessional.

She is a proxy for the show’s savvy, snarky viewership; As she said about contestant J.J, a “former investment banker” and early contender for this season’s villain: “JJ’s a sweetheart. Despite sharing some alone time with the “Bachelorette,” the 35-year-old “healer” didn’t make the fondest impression after expressing his initial connection with runner-up Britt Nilsson. Our hope is that Chris Harrison actually keeps all the photos (remember the wedding shoot from Bachelor in Paradise?) and uses them to adorn the walls of his prayer room.

In an attempt to “charm” Kaitlyn even more, Tony compares the Canadian beauty to a “combination lock” as opposed to a “key switch.” Isn’t he just a gem? After dissing Kaitlyn in front of the merry band of bachelors, the brunette stunner confronts the Boston-based entrepreneur and politely asks him to leave. To have someone like Schumer at the helm could help the series stop taking itself so seriously, and remind us that the “The Bachelorette” and Schumer’s sketch “Love Tub” are different more in degree than in kind.

So far this season, it’s been refreshing to see a Bachelorette with a sense of humor, especially compared to last season’s painfully earnest Chris Soules. The men are sort of a helpless cause.) Much of the show’s attitude about dating comes from host Chris Harrison, who — if his recent romance novel is proof of anything — has ridiculously old-fashioned standards of what courtship should look like.

And indeed, who better to shake things up than Schumer, whose bread and butter is taking stereotypical ideas about dating and gender and turning them on their head. (Frankly, it’s alarming how much the the men’s deliberation over Britt and Kaitlyn sounded like Schumer’s “12 Angry Men” parody.) We’d love to see Schumer tweak the show’s bizarro approach to sex and relationships — or at the very least, provide a smart running commentary on how absurd it is. It didn’t get better when they were both invited on the group date, which involved being schooled in stand-up comedy by Amy Schumer and a few of her comedian friends. Honestly, Amy Schumer is a national treasure, and we now would like to demand a show in which Amy Schumer makes fun of average guys who think they can do stand-up comedy, because that was heavenly.

Unfortunately, JJ seemed to have no idea that Amy was completely shutting him down as he went on about how he’s “90% smarter than most of the audience,” so it’s hard for him because a lot of people don’t understand his incredibly intellectual jokes. The fact that Amy managed to sit there and simply tell him he was wrong without punching him in the face or at least putting a hand over his mouth and going “shhhhh” speaks great volumes about how much of a class act Amy Schumer truly is. The other guys, because most of them are nice people, had made a decision that at the cocktail party, the first guys to get time with Kaitlyn would be the ones who didn’t get a date this week. She claims she does, but he’s got questions, and she’s offended that he’s questioning her, and he’s offended that she’s offended, and he overreacts to the point where we’re completely unsure of what he’s even mad about anymore.

When he finally leaves, he’s not a fan of the traditional exit interview and seems like he’s about to use some of his newfound boxing skills with one of the producers. Kaitlyn, during her own interview, sees this happening, and goes to find out what’s going on, and that’s when another giant “To Be Continued” assaults our screens.

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