Comedian, actress, writer, and producer Amy Schumer has made the podcast rounds in recent months, chatting about everything from Pilates to her work as an advocate for stronger gun control legislation with some of the best hosts around. I recently watched (and loved!) her new HBO special -- Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo -- and over the weekend I finally got around to seeing the hilarious Trainwreck, which she wrote and starred in.
Since then, I've been binge-listening to all of the recent podcast episodes she's been featured in. These are the three best ones. If you're a fan of hers like I am, go listen!
1. Amy Schumer Grew Up in a Nude House, from Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin. This is the most recent of the three episodes -- it was just released two weeks ago. In it, Amy talks about the evolution of her stand-up character, being raised on Long Island without proper boundaries, her brief stint as a pedicab driver in Santa Barbara, and the strange way straight women flirt with her. Of the three episodes, I think this was probably the funniest one. Six minutes in, while talking about her childhood in a nude house, Amy says: "Are you really nude if you have the biggest bush ever?" I was smiling like the biggest fool while listening to this episode and walking Morty the dog, and I loved every minute.
2. Amy Schumer, Jorge Ramos, and the Search for a Lost Father, from The New Yorker Radio Hour. This episode premiered a few weeks ago, and Amy's interview with David Remnick (The New Yorker's editor) plays during the first twenty minutes. They covered a handful of topics that I haven't heard her mention elsewhere, including her shift towards "a more deliberate feminist agenda," appeasing the PC police, the incredible "I'm Sorry" sketch that appeared on her show earlier this year, her role in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and her decision to turn down the job as host of The Daily Show. It's a short but jam-packed and very worthy listen.
3. Amy Schumer, from How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black. This episode was released six months ago -- just before the Trainwreck premiere -- and of the three, it was probably my favorite listen. It's the longest episode at right around an hour, and Amy and Michael spoke about the widest range of topics. They covered gender politics, burnout, Amy's very first jokes as a comedian, transcendental meditation, her relationship with her parents, how beautiful people get absurd allowances, regrettable jokes, and how she relates to Sophia Grace (of The Ellen Show fame). Side note: this was my first time listening to How To Be Amazing, and I subscribed immediately.
So what do you think? Have you listened to any of these three? Will you? I'd love to hear from you if so!