Trainwreck: Celebs See Amy Schumer’s New Hit Comedy, Fill Twitter With Rave …

20 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

America’s funniest women are getting raunchier while its funniest men are getting soft.

Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck hit theaters on July 17 and in honor of her new movie, The Hollywood Reporter has selected Schumer’s top five feminist sketches. Schumer’s comedy often focuses on gender issues, from how Hollywood treats women differently than men, to dissecting rape culture, to how women interact with each other. Anyway, Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck just nabbed a $30.2 million opening weekend, which is Apatow’s second biggest debut as a director (just behind the $30.69m debut of Knocked Up).

The American star is probably the most talked-about comedian of the moment, from her staged fall in front of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, to her controversial Star Wars GQ photoshoot and her hilarious acceptance speech at The Glamour Awards 2015. You used to be in the single-lady trenches with me and now you’re in a relationship! (At least, on the big screen anyway.) I’m happy for you, and I hope it works out with this new guy.

Her latest season of Inside Amy Schumer continued to display Schumer’s talent for blending comedy with feminism. “I think people hate women,” Schumer told THR during a roundtable discussion with other female comedians. “I don’t think they want to hear a woman talk for too long. Schumer is able to joke about things male comedians would be sent to the slaughter for bringing up, like hoping to be sexually harassed (video) and throwing her own gang bang (video).

Have you ever seen Ellen DeGeneres rendered speechless before?! “You know how sometimes it’s like, ‘We’re just going to remind you and warm you up: remember this and remember that and I bet you forgot his name…’ sort of thing? “[This season] it’s literally like, ‘Oh yeah, no chance to catch up, here you go, we’re just gonna hit you with it every episode, with something more mental than the last’.” Talking about the writing talent behind a series that has gained 24 Emmy nominations this year, she added, “Every season, the scripts come in and it never feels like the same character, it always feels so new and exciting. “They screw us over royally as actors because every other script I read in comparison to those scripts are rubbish — we’re spoiled for life. In April her bawdiness exploded on YouTube in an ode to profound “fudge machines” (video), a music video that has over 5 million views and counting. My [career] has been about tricking people into listening.” She also recently spoke specifically about being a feminist in a Glamour interview, saying “I don’t try to be feminist. So I feel insanely lucky and privileged, and I want so much for David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] to get the writing win.” Clarke, who is also up for an Emmy for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen, revealed she wasn’t in an ideal location when she found out she was nominated for the prestigious award. “I was in the doctor’s waiting room [when I got the call]” she said. “Being like, ‘Oh, good…

His breakout directorial efforts, The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, not only established the filmmaker as a comic icon of his generation but also unleashed a wave of like-minded films (I Love You Man, She’s Out of My League, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, etc.), many of which he produced in some capacity, that basically amounted to male-centric romantic comedies. I just have to continue this phone call with everyone giving me loads of congratulations and getting stared at by everybody else in the waiting room to shut the hell up.’ Her characters on “Inside Amy Schumer” have a way of pointing out, like a close friend might, that you should accept that compliment already or that it’s way past time to get over your ex.

The millennial heir apparents to the comedy world, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, began the finale of the first season of their show with the two ladies leering into a basketball court full of sweaty men. I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me.” Schumer spoofs One Direction in this music video, where a boy band tells Amy that they love her just the way she is, no makeup needed.

Through her stand-up and her Comedy Central show, Schumer has created a persona that resembles your slutty girlfriend who’s totally comfortable with her body and what she does with it, while also being a touch insecure. Close-ups of junk flying around in basketball shorts are accompanied by the two women speculating about the penis sizes of the men that they’re quite literally smacking their lips over. And the Amy Schumer fronted Trainwreck, which opened with a rock-solid $30.2 million this weekend, is certainly an example of course correction in terms of improving gender parity even in the genre where women somewhat ruled the proverbial roast.

Ladies are not always the best at taking compliments and often they respond with insults about themselves. “I tried to look like Kate Hudson, but ended up looking like a golden retriever’s dingleberry,” is just one example of taking self-deprecation to a new level. He co-wrote the Adam Sandler vehicle (which is pretty much the only broad Sandler vehicle that I like), wrote and directed Knocked Up, and served as a producer on the others. Kumail Nanjiani, who stars on Silicon Valley as a sexually frustrated programmer, is a self-described “beta male.” With Jonah Ray, he hosts The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, a recorded live show that airs on the cable channel Comedy Central, featuring stars such as Hannibal Buress, John Mulaney, Nick Offerman, Maria Bamford, Jenny Slate, and Michael Ian Black.

The game puts Schumer’s military character through probing intimate questions, guilt trips, character assassination and concludes with a lack of justice. Without looking too far into the future, it’s not insane to consider that Trainwreck flirts with being one of Apatow’s biggest overall successes as well.

But that friend who was so good at commiserating over the woes of single life went off and found herself a boyfriend, a sports doctor named Aaron (played by Bill Hader). He later calls this rather middle-school-like exercise “the filthiest thing we’ve ever done.” Pete Holmes, the host of a late night show that ran on TBS from 2013 to 2014, often jokes that he shouldn’t be in comedy, saying, “This universe, the one we’re all in currently, is the only one where I’m not a youth pastor.” The self-professed “friendly fellow” says he’s “the kind of guy who likes to get to the airport a few hours early.” The list goes on: John Mulaney, a former writer on SNL and the star of Fox’s recently canceled Mulaney, looks sixteen and calls himself “a tall child” who growing up had “a voice like a little flute.” Hannibal Buress, whose new show Why? with Hannibal Buress premiered last week, guest stars on Broad City as Ilana Wexler’s dependable dentist and sometimes-companion who is often seen muttering that he wishes they were more committed than just sex friends. Schumer, Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey help Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrate her “last f—able day” in Hollywood. “In every actresses life, the media decides when you finally reach the point that you’re not believably f—able anymore,” said Louis-Dreyfus, explaining the concept to a bewildered Schumer.

He’s a nice guy with cool friends (LeBron James) and courtside seats, but overall he comes off as the guy you settle for, not the one you fall in love with. That might sound extreme, but this comes on the heels of an era where rape jokes and fat-girl jokes were almost a rite of passage for up-and-coming male comics like Daniel Tosh, and for a generation that grew up on Andrew Dice Clay. It played 74% Caucasian, 12% Hispanic, 7% African American, 5% Asian and 3% “other.” The $35 million production stars Schumer as a professional woman with a disdain for monogamy who sees her feelings put to the test when she falls for an exceptionally decent and charming doctor (Bill Hader).

But in the rom-com polishing of Schumer’s shtick, we lose that slutty, crazy friend we were just getting to know and love. (And don’t worry, she’s okay being called slutty. Let’s be clear: Women who do and write comedy aren’t about to ascend the iron throne any time soon; almost all the top-earning comedians are still male.

And yes, fair or not, the film was seen as something of a course correction after a decade of bromances and the like and it is one of the main attractions in a summer with an uncommonly varied selection of female-centric fare. It’s also who she plays at the beginning of “Trainwreck” — the girl whose father makes her and her sister repeat “Monogamy isn’t realistic” as he explains why he’s divorcing their mother. Today’s comediennes stand on the shoulders of the sassy but slightly more restrained giants who came before them: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Kristen Wiig all paved the way (video) for the new class of crass. (And we know Sarah Silverman isn’t afraid of a rape joke.) Among male comics, Louis CK’s work often plays with the tension between his own inner aggression and his hope of being a good father to his daughters and a productive member of society. So it is not implausible to presume that Trainwreck, which is a pretty funny and lively little romantic comedy, will have legs into the rest of the summer as the dude-centric action blockbusters (Ant-Man, Pixels, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Fantastic Four, Straight Outta Compton, The Man From U.N.C.LE., Hitman: Agent 47, etc.) fill up the ranks. That girl grows into a woman who’s very skilled at sleeping around but not getting attached: She faux-falls asleep before she can reciprocate, has a no-sleepover rule and has to coach another guy in how to talk dirty.

In the process of cleaning up her act — throwing out the bottles of booze, chucking the weed and learning to be monogamous — Schumer loses her edge. The audience for Schumer’s show is split 50-50 (paywall) and has beat shows with higher ratios of men in the audience, such as The Kroll Show (even among young male viewers). As women comics continue to enter the mainstream, there’s a new market for boundary-pushing jokes that can appeal to both genders, and increasingly it’s women who can do them well. Oh, and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man (starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone) debuted on five screens and earned $188,115 for a $37,623 per-screen-average.

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