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THE AMY SCHUMER INTERVIEW

 Amy Beth Schumer is truly in the midst of her ‘beast mode’ era. Flooring it in a lane of her own creation, like the Drake or Lebron of the comedy game, Schumer is sitting in that rarefied spot where artistic greatness is in pure harmony with imminent superstardom. She produces inimitable, elevated work across the trifecta of stand up, her television series,  Inside Amy Schumer  and now the box office gold  Trainwreck.  2015 has been the year Schumer dominated the zeitgeist, earned the praise of critics and her peers and of course navigated the inevitable ‘stones thrown at the throne’ backlash.  While to many it appears that Schumer’s star was born overnight, she has been performing stand up across America for well over a decade. Early in her career she was oft hackily labelled as a ‘sex’ or ‘raunch’ comic, today her jokes and sketches are largely synonymous with feminism which is en pointe but slightly underselling her level of joke craftsmanship. Schumer is timely and brilliant because she has mastered the art of extracting both the most hateful and insidious insults hurled at herself and women at-large and transformed them into ‘unfuckwithable’ comedic gems that shame society for shaming women, all whilst being the baddest bitch in the room. Manohla Dargis nailed this sentiment in her recent  New York Times  review of  Trainwreck  noting that “ there’s almost nothing that anyone can say about women, her (Schumer) included, that she hasn’t already said herself. Her powers of deflection are the perfect approach in a neofeminist moment in which women are calling out sexists, sometimes against vicious pushbackShe can’t be stereotyped away as a sourpuss who just needs to chill out, lie back and smile. She’s already smiling, and she’s killing it, joke after joke.”    Trainwreck , the film written by and starring Amy Schumer and notably the first film Judd Apatow has directed from a script he has not written, is the rom-com we’ve been thirsty for. That is a funny and touching film anchored by a heroine, Amy Townsend, who has a job, great friends, loves her family, a drink and has men in her life but they are not the centre of her entire universe.  Trainwreck  looks at a woman’s aversion to true intimacy not in a phoney ‘I’m too cool for love” way but within a context of coming from a broken home, loving her father who doesn’t believe in monogamy and the reality of not finding someone you truly like, that is until encountering Bill Hader’s forthcoming and sweet sports doctor love interest, Aaron Connors.  Trainwreck’ s strength is that even when Amy falls in love it doesn’t solve all of her problems and unlike Hollywood films where relationships are sabotaged by silly plots like ‘a bet’ or ‘incorrectly overhearing something’, Amy and Aaron fight and break up because relationships are just straight-up hard.  As Schumer now famously holidays on a  jetski with BFF Jennifer Lawrence  schools  her nation on gun contro  l , lets flash back to a week ago when VICE caught up with the comedian to discuss stand up, running a show and the horrors of press junkets.  I’m interviewing Amy Schumer at a bar inside Crown Casino at 11.30 AM, it’s full junket mode, the studio have lined the journalists up ready for their ten minutes on camera in front of a goofy bar set up with a  Trainwreck  banner that reads, “From the guy who brought you Bridesmaids” HMM.  As I’m introduced to Schumer the TV reporter ahead of me is forcing a signed football jersey over her head, the whole scenario is visibly upsetting Schumer but he is completely incognizant to the contempt directed at him. As the reporter continues to take selfies, her pro-hair and make-up squad move in, touching up her lipgloss and blonde locks Schumer sweetly says, “thanks bitch” through a cloud of hairspray and we begin to chat:

Amy Beth Schumer is truly in the midst of her ‘beast mode’ era. Flooring it in a lane of her own creation, like the Drake or Lebron of the comedy game, Schumer is sitting in that rarefied spot where artistic greatness is in pure harmony with imminent superstardom. She produces inimitable, elevated work across the trifecta of stand up, her television series, Inside Amy Schumer and now the box office gold Trainwreck. 2015 has been the year Schumer dominated the zeitgeist, earned the praise of critics and her peers and of course navigated the inevitable ‘stones thrown at the throne’ backlash.

While to many it appears that Schumer’s star was born overnight, she has been performing stand up across America for well over a decade. Early in her career she was oft hackily labelled as a ‘sex’ or ‘raunch’ comic, today her jokes and sketches are largely synonymous with feminism which is en pointe but slightly underselling her level of joke craftsmanship. Schumer is timely and brilliant because she has mastered the art of extracting both the most hateful and insidious insults hurled at herself and women at-large and transformed them into ‘unfuckwithable’ comedic gems that shame society for shaming women, all whilst being the baddest bitch in the room. Manohla Dargis nailed this sentiment in her recent New York Times review of Trainwreck noting that “there’s almost nothing that anyone can say about women, her (Schumer) included, that she hasn’t already said herself. Her powers of deflection are the perfect approach in a neofeminist moment in which women are calling out sexists, sometimes against vicious pushbackShe can’t be stereotyped away as a sourpuss who just needs to chill out, lie back and smile. She’s already smiling, and she’s killing it, joke after joke.”

Trainwreck, the film written by and starring Amy Schumer and notably the first film Judd Apatow has directed from a script he has not written, is the rom-com we’ve been thirsty for. That is a funny and touching film anchored by a heroine, Amy Townsend, who has a job, great friends, loves her family, a drink and has men in her life but they are not the centre of her entire universe. Trainwreck looks at a woman’s aversion to true intimacy not in a phoney ‘I’m too cool for love” way but within a context of coming from a broken home, loving her father who doesn’t believe in monogamy and the reality of not finding someone you truly like, that is until encountering Bill Hader’s forthcoming and sweet sports doctor love interest, Aaron Connors. Trainwreck’s strength is that even when Amy falls in love it doesn’t solve all of her problems and unlike Hollywood films where relationships are sabotaged by silly plots like ‘a bet’ or ‘incorrectly overhearing something’, Amy and Aaron fight and break up because relationships are just straight-up hard.

As Schumer now famously holidays on a jetski with BFF Jennifer Lawrence schools her nation on gun control, lets flash back to a week ago when VICE caught up with the comedian to discuss stand up, running a show and the horrors of press junkets.

I’m interviewing Amy Schumer at a bar inside Crown Casino at 11.30 AM, it’s full junket mode, the studio have lined the journalists up ready for their ten minutes on camera in front of a goofy bar set up with a Trainwreck banner that reads, “From the guy who brought you Bridesmaids” HMM.

As I’m introduced to Schumer the TV reporter ahead of me is forcing a signed football jersey over her head, the whole scenario is visibly upsetting Schumer but he is completely incognizant to the contempt directed at him. As the reporter continues to take selfies, her pro-hair and make-up squad move in, touching up her lipgloss and blonde locks Schumer sweetly says, “thanks bitch” through a cloud of hairspray and we begin to chat:

AMY SCHUMER INTERVIEW PART 1

VICE: I don’t really understand what this guy is trying to do with the football jersey right now and to be honest this whole junket thing is plain creepy.
Amy Schumer: Gurrl I know ugh, I just don’t know if it’s worth it?
I feel like you’re going to have to start getting used to this shit though.
Oh god, no fucking way.
He’s (football creep) finally leaving, Okay, so I saw Trainwreck yesterday you slayed it and I wanted to thank you for writing it.
Thank-you that’s very nice of you.
And I also wanted to thank-you for heavily featuring Alice’s Tea Cup in it.
Oh you love Alice’s Tea Cup too?
When I lived in New York I had like three dollars in my bank, my friends worked at Alice’s so I got to eat day old scones and sandwiches for free. 
Can you ask them to hook me up? I think I keep that place in business with how much I eat there, I am in there every single day, I love Alice’s.
I did not expect to almost cry in this movie, were the heavier scenes that had to really balance the earnest and funny the ones you and Judd had to discuss and prepare for the most?
Judd is really good at balancing happiness and sadness, he just gets that more than I do. I followed all of his advice on the more earnest scenes.
Your turn Trainwreck proves that you can truly act, I’m now wondering if Amy Schumer is going to have her ‘Adam Sandler Punch Drunk Love’ moment AKA is a dramatic role on the cards?
I don’t know, honestly, I’m not just saying that but I am going to go 

AMY SCHUMER INTERVIEW PART 2

Your turn Trainwreck proves that you can truly act, I’m now wondering if Amy Schumer is going to have her ‘Adam Sandler Punch Drunk Love’ moment AKA is a dramatic role on the cards?
I don’t know, honestly, I’m not just saying that but I am going to go away on vacation with my friends for a week after this and that’s all I have planned (laughs) I need a moment over here after all of this madness.
I feel that, this is seems so hectic and you’re so prolific-
Thanks.
Truly, between stand up, this film and the tv show how do you not burn out? I know that on the show you have a great team Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer’s showrunner) seems like an angel.
She’s the greatest person in the world.
I heard that she was instrumental in pushing for the ‘A Very Realistic Military Game’ sketch, I feel like that was the moment the show really hit it’s stride and the whole team just went for it.
Yeah that was pitched and written by Christine Nangle.
She used to write on Saturday Night Live right?
Right, she wrote on SNL before coming to us.
And it seems like you and Jessi have created a truly collaborative writers room.

AMY SCHUMER INTERVIEW PART 3

I feel like you’re a veteran of stand up at this point, has doing the road prepared you for the crazy shit that’s happening now?
Probably, the difference is the road is so rough and you’re like begging to get on morning radio in Tulsa or whatever and then now i’m doing ALOT of radio stations.
They’re telling me to wrap it up but I wanted to ask if you’re going to write a book?
Yeah I will.
Promise me it will go hard because there have some real whimsical numbers on these shelves.
Of course, gurl, who are you talking to?
I shouldn’t have doubted you like that….Finally, I’m so hype for your show tonight, it sold out in ten minutes and crashed the site.
I heard about that it, that’s so nutsgod I better bring it tonight.
Shout out to you, crashing a site is baller, it was great to talk to you, get some rest on that holiday.
Me too it was a pleasure to talk to you.

AMY SCHUMER INTERVIEW PART 4

Hours after our interview Amy Schumer takes to the stage, wine bottle in hand, for her only Australian stand-up show at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. She makes a cute quip about the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra playing in the same spot last week, “obviously with the exact same crowd that comes to see me.” She then moves into very honest material about the hellish nature  of the press tour and how the journalists out here were under the impression they could treat her like some drunken, dimwit hoe and get away with it. The pain has obviously been very real and this is the most remarkable thing about Schumer’s stand up right now, her candid view of this rise to fame. She names names in her set and goes harder than her late night bits involving famous people. Katie Couric says strange things to Schumer like, “I just love humour” and so when given the opportunity to text Couric’s husband at a Time Magazine dinner she sends, “Let’s do anal tonight.”

There’s a solid bit in her set about doing a photo shoot and interview with Women’s Health magazine, the WH writer felt it necessary to say, It’s a game-changer that you’re going to be on the cover of magazines now. Schumer agreed, acknowledging that yes it is a big deal to be on magazine covers and the reporter replied, No, I mean it’s like a big deal for society. Schumer swigs wine from the bottle, “what a cunt” and the crowd hollers in agreement.

She advises in advance that she is way too tired to come back out for an encore, Schumer says good night and ends on my favourite joke:

Do you guys know what the ‘raccoon’ is? It’s when a guy cums, punches you in both eyes then throws your trash everywhere.