Amy Schumer was born on June 1, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. She graduated from South Side High School in 1999 and was voted, “Class Clown” and “Teacher’s Worst Nightmare”. She went on to attend Towson University, where she graduated with a Theater degree in 2003. After college, she moved to New York City to pursue her acting studies further. She started doing standup on June 1, 2004 at the Gotham Comedy Club, where she would record a “Live at Gotham” episode three years later.The same year as that recording, Schumer appeared on the fifth season of “Last Comic Standing”, where she placed fourth. After the competition, she began to make more frequent appearances on television shows such as Comedy Central’s, “Reality Bites Back” and Fox News’, “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld”. By April 2013, Schumer had her own sketch show, “Inside Amy Schumer”, premiering on Comedy Central, which lasted four seasons. Since her start, she has made countless television and film appearances, co-wrote and starred in the film, “Trainwreck”, released a book and four comedy albums/specials.
This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at the work of Amy Schumer. Schumer’s material is rooted in her strong grasp of misdirection. She constantly surprises the audience with her punchlines and uses multiple tags to help further paint a picture of her jokes. She has a tendency to tackle taboo topics, but through an innocent lens that she portrays with her persona. Schumer continues to climb the comedic ladder, with no end in sight.
Bits analyzed: Masturbating [Cutting 2011], Conan 2011, 36 drinks a week [Live at the Apollo]