Amy Schumer is an American comedian and actress, one of the few successful women in StandUp, the star of the series Inside Amy Schumer and movie I Feel Pretty; being curvy, she’s an advocate for self-love, regardless of body shape or size. She blurs the lines between gender humor at her performances and tackles even the most taboo of topics with ease.
Amy was born on June 1st, 1981, in a pretty loaded family from a rich neighborhood in New York. The father, Gordon Schumer, was producing and selling furniture for children, and the mother, Sandra Schumer, was a housewife busy raising the kids. Amy has a sister, Kimberly, who became a screenwriter and half-brother Jason – musician.
When the future star turned 9 years old, the family was hit by a wave of bad luck. Her father went bankrupt, and he had to relocate his family on a farm. Three years after, Gordon was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the family was drowning in debt and soon after became completely broke. Her parents got a divorce and the children remained with the mother.
The ability to survive and push forward was due to her innate sense of humor and easy-going personality, which set Amy apart from early childhood. She could always make fun of her own flaws and lift everybody’s mood, she was the life of the party and the organizer of all teen parties. When Amy was just a high schooler, she was already giving successful stand-up performances with a packed audience. Later on, she enrolled at a college in Baltimore, a city with a rather criminal character, and at the same time, continued giving performances the inspiration for which she channeled from her own biography.
The fame of the odd comedian, who had no insecurities whatsoever and who was able to tackle any topics during her performances, quickly spread around. She started taking part in comedy battles, and in 2007 she came fourth in the popular TV show Last Comic Standing. She started getting more offers for entertainment programs, she played a role in several series and started to think about having her own show.
In 2013, she released her show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, the script and idea of which she developed together with her younger sister. The actress was tackling pressing problems of the modern American society, such as gender gap, sexual harassment, family relationships, women’s self-image issues, in a typical shameless and cynical style.
The show caused a stir in American television and in just a couple of months it topped the charts due to its number of viewers. Amy found herself with a true army of fans, and towards the end of 2015, made it on the list of the richest and most popular comedians of America. Furthermore, the same year, she made it on Time’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
This success inspired her, so Schumer focused on the screenwriting of a full-length movie that she had been thinking about for a couple of years. Soon enough, she met director Judd Apatow, an ex-stand-up artist himself, who was eager to take up the shooting for the movie Trainwreck. Amy was the star of the movie because the script is very biographical and it describes several stages of her own life.
The movie was a box office success, and Schumer was nominated for an Emmy as best comedy actor. On top of that, in 2017 Amy released her new show The Leather Special, where she tackled the topic of long-distance relationship and the right to gun ownership.
At the same time, she was often blamed for plagiarizing jokes. Comedians Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli and Kathleen Madigan were discussing openly on Twitter the fact that Amy ‘borrowed’ their material, and not just once. For example, Kathleen made a joke once saying that rich fat people should hire a person who’d slap the food out of their hands. The sketch on the topic (Slap Chief) appeared on Amy Schumer’s show a bit later. Schumer denies all the accusations.
2018 brought about a Tony nomination for the actress for her appearance on the Broadway adaptation of Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. It was her debut on Broadway. The genre of the performance can be qualified as surreal humor.
Born: June 01, 1981
Birthplace:Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Height:5 ft 6 ins (170 cm)
Weight:160 lbs (73 kg)