Amy Beth Schumer (born June 1, 1981) is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She ventured into comedy in the early 2000s before appearing as a contestant on the fifth season of the NBC reality competition series Last Comic Standing in 2007. Since 2013, she has been the creator, co-producer, co-writer, and star of the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, for which she received a Peabody Award and for which Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015.
Schumer in 2011
|Birth name||Amy Beth Schumer|
|Born||June 1, 1981|
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, theatre, television, film|
|Education||William Esper Studio|
|Alma mater||Towson University|
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, sketch comedy, insult comedy|
|Subject(s)||Interpersonal relationships, sex, everyday life, self-deprecation|
Chris Fischer (m. 2018)
Schumer wrote and made her film debut in a starring role in Trainwreck (2015), for which she received nominations for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. She published a memoir in 2016, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, which held the top position on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for two weeks. The same year, she garnered two Grammy Award nominations for Best Comedy Album for Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo and Best Spoken Word Album for The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. In 2018, she starred in the comedy film I Feel Pretty and garnered a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination for her Broadway debut in Meteor Shower.
Early life and background
Schumer was born on June 1, 1981 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, to Sandra Jane (née Jones) and Gordon David Schumer, who owned a baby-furniture company. She later moved with her mother to Long Island, where she attended South Side High School. She has a younger sister, Kim Caramele, who is a comedy writer and a producer, and a half-brother, Jason Stein, who is a musician in Chicago, Illinois.
Schumer's father was born to a Jewish family from Ukraine. He is a second cousin of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. Her mother, who is from a Protestant background and deep New England roots, converted to Judaism before her marriage. Schumer was raised Jewish and says she had to deal with antisemitism as a child. Her mother's ancestry included Puritans in the 17th-century English colony of Massachusetts. As a guest on Finding Your Roots in 2017, Schumer learned that in 1704, three children from her ancestor Thomas Tarbell's family were captured at Groton, Massachusetts in a French-Abenaki raid and taken to Montreal. The girl was ransomed by a French-Canadian family and ultimately joined a French Catholic convent; the two boys were each adopted by Mohawk families at Kahnawake and became thoroughly assimilated.
Through the success of her father's furniture company in Manhattan, Schumer's household was wealthy during her early years. When she was nine years old, her father's business failed and he went bankrupt, and either then or when she was 12 (sources differ), her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Some time afterward, her parents divorced. Moving to Long Island with her mother, Schumer lived in Rockville Centre, New York and attended South Side High School. She was voted both "Class Clown" and "Teacher's Worst Nightmare" upon graduation in 1999. She attended the Hebrew school of the Central Synagogue of Nassau County, a Reform synagogue in Rockville Centre, on whose board her mother served.
Schumer moved near Baltimore, Maryland, after high school when she attended Towson University; she graduated with a degree in theater in 2003. She returned to New York City after college, where she studied at the William Esper Studio for two years and worked as a bartender and a waitress.
After graduating with a degree in theater from Towson University in 2003 and moving to New York City, Schumer portrayed a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer in the Off-Off-Broadway black comedy Keeping Abreast. She started doing stand-up comedy on June 1, 2004, when she first performed at Gotham Comedy Club. In 2007, she recorded a Live at Gotham episode for Comedy Central before appearing on Last Comic Standing; she later recalled that she thought of the episode as her "big break."
Rebounding from an unsuccessful audition for an earlier season, she advanced to the finals of the fifth season of the NBC reality television talent show Last Comic Standing and placed fourth. Schumer said in April 2011, "Last Comic was totally fun. I had a great time because there was no pressure on me; I had been doing stand-up around two years. I wasn't supposed to do well. So every time I advanced it was a happy surprise. I kept it honest on the show and it served me well."
Schumer co-starred in the Comedy Central reality show Reality Bites Back in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Butterfinger. Schumer was a recurring guest on Fox News late-night program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld between 2007 and 2012. Her first Comedy Central Presents special aired on April 2, 2010. She served as a co-host of A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus in 2011, later titled Hoppus on Music. She has also written for Cosmopolitan.
Schumer did an episode (#154) of WTF with Marc Maron podcast on March 3, 2011, in which she discusses her early life in more detail. Schumer has appeared in roles on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, the Adult Swim mockumentary series Delocated, and the two HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Girls.
She acted in three films in 2012: the independent comedy Price Check, the comedy-drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and the independent comedy Sleepwalk with Me. Schumer also appeared on The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in September 2011, and The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr in August 2012.
Schumer released a standup comedy album, Cutting, in 2011. Her standup comedy special Mostly Sex Stuff premiered on Comedy Central on August 18, 2012, to positive reviews. Schumer said in February 2012, "I don't like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can't."
In June 2012, Schumer began work on a sketch comedy series for Comedy Central. The show included single-camera vignettes of Schumer playing "heightened versions" of herself. The vignettes are linked together with footage of Schumer's stand-up. The show, Inside Amy Schumer, premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013. Inside Amy Schumer was picked up for a second season that began in 2014. A behind-the-scenes miniseries entitled Behind Amy Schumer premiered in 2012. The third season premiered on April 21, 2015, with a fourth season ordered the same day.
In 2014, Schumer embarked on her Back Door Tour to promote the second season of her show. The show was closed by Bridget Everett, whom Schumer cites as her favorite live performer. She also appeared as a guest on an episode of comedian Jerry Seinfeld's Internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2014.
She hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, which took place on April 11. Schumer wrote and played her first leading film role in Trainwreck, co-starring Bill Hader, which was released on July 17, 2015.
In August 2015, Jennifer Lawrence said she and Schumer planned to co-star in a film for which they and Schumer's sister Kim were co-writing a screenplay. Schumer performed as opening act for Madonna on three New York City dates of the singer's Rebel Heart Tour in September 2015.
On October 17, 2015, Schumer's comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo premiered on HBO. In 2016, it was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety Special, Writing, and Directing. It also garnered her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Schumer started her first world tour on August 26 in Dublin. Also that year, Schumer wrote a memoir, entitled The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. It held the top position on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for two weeks in September 2016 and garnered her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
Schumer made her Broadway debut in 2017 with Steve Martin's comedy play Meteor Shower, about two couples in 1993 who spend an evening with each other. Her performance received acclaim and garnered her a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 2018, she starred in the comedy film I Feel Pretty.
Spotify released the original podcast Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith on June 21, 2018, starring Schumer and her best comedy friends Rachel Feinstein, Bridget Everett and Keith Robinson as they talk about comedy, pop culture, politics and their personal lives.
In the media
In 2015, Schumer was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. In 2015, Schumer was also named to Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People list for 2015. Schumer has received praise for addressing various social issues through comedy. In June 2015, Monica Heisey of The Guardian criticized her for "a shockingly large blind spot around race." Schumer responded on Twitter, stating "I go in and out of playing an irreverent idiot. That includes making dumb jokes involving race... You can call it a 'blind spot for racism' or 'lazy,' but you are wrong. It is a joke ... I am not racist."
In November 2015, Schumer posed nude for a photo by photographer Annie Leibovitz for 2016 edition of the Pirelli Calendar. Schumer tweeted the photo, writing "Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you."
In January 2016, Schumer was accused of stealing jokes from comedians Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, and Patrice O'Neal. Schumer denied the allegations. Other comedians, such as Marc Maron and Dave Rubin, stood up for Schumer. Pescatelli later apologized, stating it had "gone too far" and was probably "parallel thinking".
Schumer has dated professional wrestler Nick Nemeth, better known by his ring name Dolph Ziggler, and comedian Anthony Jeselnik. Schumer married chef and farmer Chris Fischer on February 13, 2018 in Malibu, California. In October 2018, she announced that she was expecting their first child.
|2006||Sense Memory||Short film|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Amy||Uncredited|
|Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Lacey/Woman #1|
|2015||Trainwreck||Amy Townsend||Also writer|
|Thank You for Your Service||Amanda Doster|
|2018||I Feel Pretty||Renee Bennett|
|2007||Live at Gotham||Herself||Episode: "2.6"|
|2007||Last Comic Standing||Herself||7 episodes|
|2008||Reality Bites Back||Herself||7 episodes|
|2009||Cupid||Heather||Episode: "The Tommy Brown Affair"|
|2009||30 Rock||Stylist||Episode: "Mamma Mia"|
|2010||John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show||Herself||Episode: "1.4"|
|2010||Comedy Central Presents||Herself||Episode: "14.14"|
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Teammate #2||Episode: "Mister Softee"|
|2011||Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen||Roaster||TV special|
|2012||Louie||Diane (voice)||Episode: "Barney/Never"|
|2012||Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr||Roaster||TV special|
|2012||Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2012||Dave's Old Porn||Herself||Episode: "2.3"|
|2013||Women Who Kill||Herself||Stand-up special with Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin and Nikki Glaser|
|2013–16||Inside Amy Schumer||Herself, Various characters||Also creator, writer, executive producer, director|
|2015||2015 MTV Movie Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2015||BoJack Horseman||Irving Jannings (voice)||Episode: "Chickens"|
|2015||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Amy Schumer/The Weeknd"|
|2015||Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2016||The Simpsons||Mrs. Burns (voice)||Episode: "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus"|
|2016||Family Guy||Factory Crew Leader (voice)||Episode: "The Boys in the Band"|
|2016||Bob's Burgers||Young Lady (voice)||Episode: "Flu-ouise"|
|2017||Amy Schumer: The Leather Special||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2017||Family Feud||Herself||Celebrity Family Feud|
|2018||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Amy Schumer/Kacey Musgraves"|
|2019||Amy Schumer: Growing||Herself||Stand-up special|
- 2011: Cutting (Comedy Central Records) - CD/Download
- 2016: Live at the Apollo (Maverick Records) - Download
- 2017: The Leather Special (Netflix) - LP
- 2010: Comedy Central Presents - DVD/Download/Streaming
- 2013: Mostly Sex Stuff (Comedy Central 2012) - DVD/Download/Streaming
- 2015: Live at the Apollo (HBO Home Video) - DVD/Download/Streaming
- 2017: The Leather Special (Netflix) - Streaming
- 2019: Growing (Netflix) - Streaming
- Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith (2018, Host)
Awards and nominations
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...I was born on the Upper East Side...
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Technically they're half-siblings, though neither gives much thought to that distinction. Mr. Stein, whose parents divorced when he was 2, lived with his mother and stepfather, Amy's father, on Long Island. (His biological father, with whom Jason spent weekends, died when the boy was 10.)
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When Ms. Schumer was 9, her family went bankrupt and her father received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Three years later her parents divorced. ... Ms. Schumer, who said she is second cousin to Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York.
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He is not my uncle, he is my dad's cousin, I don't even think they are first cousins.
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Today, Senator Chuck Schumer joined actress and comedian Amy Schumer, who also happens to be her second cousin once removed, to call for stronger background checks for gun buyers.Requires clicking "Show more text" link.
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That's a good question. I don't know. Judaism, for me, is just another area where I didn't feel accepted or like I belonged. I grew up on Long Island, but I grew up in the Irish Catholic mecca of Long Island. I've done some material on being Jewish onstage, and I talk about how the kids used to call me "Amy Jewmer." And I really did: even with the parents of my friends, there was a ton of anti-Semitism going on, openly and in front of me. When it went to college, it was the first time I wasn't apologizing for being Jewish, but there's definitely some residual shame that I grew up with because of it.
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If a reference pops into my head I'll say it, but my experience of Judaism was this: I went to temple every Friday, and went to Sunday school, you know, Hebrew school, and then I had my Bat Mitzvah, and then I think that might be the last time I was in a temple.
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Schumer's father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was just 12 years old.
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In a personal blog post for the Religious News Service, Salkin wrote, that the Schumers were very involved in Jewish life — Amy's mother served on the temple board and chaired the education committee. Salkin officiated at Amy's older brother's bar mitzvah.
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It was the second time I auditioned for it. The first time they said I hadn't been around long enough, but I made it the second time I auditioned.
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