As Schumer takes the position, her face looks deflated — triumphant joy replaced by a sense of dread. Her sister, Kim, who created the picture, said, “That moment saw Amy, who was enjoying herself for a second. this who he is to people . . . something that breaks. I’m laughing now thinking about his face. Schumer’s attitude was horrified and humiliated but she gave in to the demands of the men in the room. “I think Amy is very talented at showing how women feel about just rolling with the punches,” Kim said. In Schumer’s comedy, her combination of self-deprecation is the main character, the last laugh.
Dumpy the Frumpy Meerkat evokes the fear that most women sometimes feel is their secret. It calls out the vitriol with which Schumer’s face has been hurled on the Internet. His response was sometimes argumentative—“I said if I was beautiful,” he wrote in his book, “you don’t decide my story”—sometimes self-deprecating, in kind of funnier but no less violent than trolls on the internet. In “The Leather Special,” Schumer talks about seeing a paparazzi photo of herself rowing: “I was like, ‘Oh, my God—Alfred Hitchcock is alive. and loves water sports!’ He describes himself in practice as “Tonya Harding’s parade float.” His current set is a joke that compares his body to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“Love yourself physically — I said everything when I was in my twenties,” Schumer told me. “I got ahead of myself. It’s easy to say I was hot then, because . . . It was.” At the age of forty-one, Schumer said, “I’m torn between being really beautiful and being special and I’m a monster.”
Schumer has always considered herself a feminist. (In his senior thesis at Towson University, he wrote about the male gaze in “Madame Bovary.”) In recent years, he has become—as much of Hollywood, corporate America, and the Democratic Party—are increasingly focused on other social issues. and racial justice. In between her C-section jokes, she notes that black women in America die three times more than white women during pregnancy. He often speaks of his position of righteousness. “I get it — white women are the worst,” he said on LeBron James’ podcast “Uninterrupted.” “I hated myself. Trust me.” Depending on your point of view, this is either a welcome gesture to various aspects of American life or a sign of moral worth from a member of the elite.
But just as critics faulted Schumer for being too light-hearted, another group accused her of insensitivity. Schumer also hosted this year’s Oscars, in fact, Will Smith shot Chris Rock. (“Did I miss something?” he asked, as he came back on camera later.) Rock is one of Schumer’s closest friends, and the leader of her ” Live at the Apollo” special; when she posted on Instagram that she was “inspired and disturbed” by the incident, she was pilloried as Karen. A few years ago, the Internet erupted with protests when Schumer and the cast of “Snatched” – Goldie Hawn, Wanda Sykes, and Joan Cusack – made a video pretending to Beyoncé’s “Formation.” In 2015, Schumer was impeached in Washington Post Persisting in a “worldview that guarantees a fractured mobility system, mass incarceration, exclusion from inner-city communities, which exacerbates inequality and continuing segregation and violence,” for jokes like “Nobody does it 100 percent of the time, except Mexicans.”
Arguably, Schumer mocked an exploitative system. But it’s ironic that he doesn’t mention it today. “It’s scary,” he wrote in an email. “It’s just so random and lazy.” Moments later, he added, “Just like white people.”
Schumer, who calls himself “a lightning rod for male anger,” has a way of insulting people with guilt and vice. He was attacked as too beautiful to enjoy, and too little for making fun of his own appearance. “I understand,” he said. “I really make people angry.
At its best, Schumer’s speech takes bracing, unexpected turns. A few days after the murder in Uvalde, I saw him doing a set at the Fat Black Pussycat, in Greenwich Village, where he often works when he’s not there. “You know what you don’t hear after a big shot?” he asked the fifty or so people gathered in the open air on a weekday afternoon. “A boy or a girl?”
“I think she’s walking a line between being subversive and being very provocative in a way that a lot of people can’t,” said Schumer’s friend Bridget Everett, an actress. and a cabaret featuring the HBO series “Someone in a Place,” said the friend. “I’m friends with a lot of people who are artists in the city who don’t get serious appeal. He can do his job and still play games. On the other hand, jokes about what women have to endure—in childbirth, at work, in bed—are feminist. On the other hand, satirical humor about marital discord is a staple of classic comedy, from “I Love Lucy” to “Everybody Loves Raymond.” To every other joke, Schumer said – “Does anyone ever have trouble remembering the type of cancer that killed their grandparents?” – there is something else that can be suitable for sitcoms about the home: “We know that the best day of the week. Tomorrow to sleep.
Schumer’s audience is large, but the demographics have changed. “The net was bigger in the beginning, when she was called a female actor,” says Kevin Kane, her production partner for the past decade. Schumer established herself as a roadblock for Jim Norton and Dave Attell, who were typically young, drunk, and gay. (Attell was Schumer’s favorite. She named her son Gene Attell Fischer, but discovered, weeks later, that the name sounded awfully like “genital fissure.” David was the middle name Gene.) “The boys I grew up with were friends. with troublemakers,” Schumer said. “Atell—he’s like my father. A romantic scene. “
When Schumer began headlining shows, her audience was divided between men and women. “I’m always amazed at how men look,” she tells me. His comedy is often fueled by anger at the way men view women’s bodies – but it’s hard to make fun of the idea of hot women on screen without showing the hot woman on screen. (In Schumer’s “Milk Milk Lemonade” clip, the women rap, “I’m gonna scream at you and scream for the part of my body that poop comes out of!” Schumer aged on stage, the body continued to be the main topic, but now he is paying more attention to the way of divorce with the mother than the way that men see it. These days, he told me , he was speaking directly to an audience of women. “Everything I do – well, not everything, I’m in a mayonnaise commercial, but everything else- it’s to try and make women better.” Or, as he said during his set at the Montreal Music Festival this July: “The fans are young and young. Chappelle. My fans don’t get their time anymore.
In Schumer’s latest special, “Growing,” she tells a story about how her sister and her husband went to a must-have paint store while she was sleeping. in a hospital bed, receiving IV fluids after five hours of vomiting. Kim is back with a colorful ceramic mermaid. Fischer brought a picture of his wife that he had painted on the wall, and he proudly handed it to her. It’s like a child drawing a walrus. (“You know how sad it is?” Schumer said later. “The more I looked at it, the more I was, like, ‘Okay.’ ”) painting, he said, is a microcosm of marriage. the bad news and the good news: your wife can see you as you are.
Years ago, Schumer told Barbara Walters that she didn’t intend to get married and have children: “I want those things, but I don’t know myself.” As a traveling prostitute, Schumer has been gone for more than half a year, and it seems impossible to imagine a man who will accept her departure, let alone a child who can tolerate it. . On her current set, Schumer told those in the know, “You have to find someone who can stand up for you.”
In the morning when Schumer was leaving the house to go on the road, she was nervous and a little nervous. “I always want to stop everything,” he said, “and I always try.” His first trip to LA was to shoot a part of his friend Jerry Seinfeld’s new movie. (He tried to break out, but she persuaded him to come.) After that, his journey began. “Sixty revelations!” Schumer said. “A big trip like forty.”
Fischer gives him a gloppy smoothie. “What saddens me is going away,” he told her.
“We’ll go big with you,” Fischer promised.
“I understand. But going this year . . . is a very good routine for them,” Schumer said, watching Gene run around the coffee table in a diaper. “I feel the horror of telling him, like the third time I left to walk on the street. When you hear them scream and shoot you, you just want to throw up .”
The evening before, Gene had slept on top of him. As Schumer lay on the couch, watching the sunset with her son clutching her chest, she worried. “There’s a limited number of nights where they want to do this,” he said. He saw Seinfeld’s children go from always sleeping with their mother to being normal, neglected teenagers. “My mom is always looking for the little things,” Schumer said. “And I’m like, ‘Mom, get it divorce. ‘ ” He looked into the darkness. “I’m going through sixty-five nights of letting him sleep. I mean, what is that value? Am I crazy for doing this? But it’s, like, I have time to go and make all this money. About ten million dollars, he said, to complete what he called the “Whore Tour.”
When we first met, I asked Schumer what he liked about standup. “If you have ideas that you think are really funny, and you get in a room with people would like listen to what you are saying. . . it’s like if you have a story you can’t wait to get home to tell your husband,” she replied with great enthusiasm. “When you have a good set, it’s like: ‘Up I was there, and I had much to say to these people, and I made fun of them.’ ” He described it as an impossible requirement to express himself with detail and creativity.
I asked him if this trip really involved money—a lot of money. While Gene sucks on his pacifier in his sleep, Schumer looks at me like I’m mentally ill: “You mean, like, for the love of comedy?” ♦