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'Inside Amy Schumer': Maybe Outside is Close Enough
April 30, 2013  | By Eric Gould  | 3 comments

Amy Schumer's stand-up act, which often skews funny, strings together slice-of-life bits about awkward sex and dating, punctuated by the blonde, girl-next-door-type going way-down raunchy in the punch lines. As she curses and scats sex phrases, it's sort of like watching a wide-eyed muppet go hard into the Christopher Walken rant from Pulp Fiction.

While Schumer's new Comedy Central sketch-comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer, which premieres Tuesday, April 30 at 10:30 p.m. ET, includes bits of her routine, the bulk of it is pretty much downhill from there. Much like The Sarah Silverman Program (2007-2010), The League and others, the show is a stream of bodily fluid references from start to finish.

Inside Amy Schumer starts with a satire of a casting call for a proposed knock-off of the infamous scat-porn YouTube video, "2 Girls 1 Cup," which featured two women sharing a cup of, presumably, human excrement. That's followed by a stand-up bit about taking the morning-after pill the night of; a sketch about a one-night stand with a boorish guy who gets aroused by and masturbates to the matronly model featured on a pasta sauce bottle label; and a spoof of first-person survival stories, including one about two brothers stranded at sea who were forced to drink each other's pee to survive.

If none of this sounds funny, it isn't, and that's a bit of mystery given Schumer's steady rise through the stand-up circuit and the rave reviews she received for her performances at the Comedy Central roasts for Charlie Sheen in 2011 and Roseanne Barr in 2012. Those appearances led to Schumer's own highly-rated one-hour Comedy Central special, Mostly Sex Stuff, last year.

It's even harder to fathom if you read last week's lengthy background piece about the show in The New York Times, which delved into Schumer's comedy in intricate, scholarly detail. And while the piece praises Schumer's comedy, there's nothing provocative or illuminating in the premiere episode of Inside Amy Schumer, unless you find a chat about women who prank guys by asking them to email "dick pics" particularly funny.

The Times piece also mentions that Schumer's show was originally intended to be a talk show, but she instead insisted on doing a sketch series, saying, "I want to do my Louie."

Would that it were as simple, or easy, by just wanting to do a show like Louie. Sure, Louis C.K. incessantly jokes about jerking off, but it's against, and across, the whole spectrum of human narcissism and frailty.

Schumer's just as smart, but so far she seems happy enough to ride the one trick pony, playing the good-looking, wholesome girl with a cowboy mouth.

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Johnny likestalaugh
I was first introduced to Ms. Schumer's comedic style with the Rosanne Barr roast. More so for the roasting she did on fellow roasters. I laughed for three days and had to find her monologue on you tube to watch it over and over again. Ms. Schumers show with the scetch format is a refreshing option to the mainstream sitcoms that (lets be honest) are lacking origional plots. Going Back to shows from the 80's, 90's and even. Borrowingstory lines from I Love Lucy episodes. So the likes of Amy and Saranot pouting out a talk show or sitcom is refreshing. Not every one will understand the humorous and may even be insulted by a ?dick pic". And I am pretty sure those folks are not the demographic for these shows either. They may want to record a Donna Reed Show or an episode of the "Walnuts" (aka Walton's) or the Carrol Burnette show. There are so many rungs in live that are not for everybody...that is whatmakes our country such a patchwork of different personalities and likes. I happen o
Jun 4, 2013   |  Reply
Watched the first 30 or so seconds and immediately stopped. Couldn't take the unfunniness and vulgarity. Vulgarity is acceptable if it is funny.
May 1, 2013   |  Reply
Kevin - Yes, it was a bit mystifying for that to be her initial sketch on a premiere show. Not one I would have recommended starting the series with. –EG
May 1, 2013
Definitely disappointing though I did laugh at the side by side post one night stands...extreme details but some funny moments in there with the woman's musings with her girlfriends and the guy completely elsewhere. So many Comedy Central women comedians seem to overplay the yuck stuff. I don't like it with the men either. It is 15 year old nastiness that does not need to keep being replayed.
Apr 30, 2013   |  Reply
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