Amy Schumer is making her mark on the world of comedyDate posted: May 25, 2012
Author: DAVE OSBORN
Standup comedian Amy Schumer is home in New York City for a few days, and she wants to see a show.
She’s trying to score tickets to an upcoming Florence and the Machine concert, and she comes across a man selling them on the street while she’s driving. Schumer pays for them, and jokes to the seller that they better not be fake.
“David, I’ll find you,” she playfully warns him. “Love you,” she adds before driving off.
“I hope these tickets are real,” Schumer then says to herself, in the middle of a telephone interview. “They look kind of ridiculous. I will be so bummed out if they are fake.”
Next week, Schumer will bring her standup to Capt. Brien’s Seafood and Raw Bar, home of the Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Her shows are 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27.
Schumer, 30, was born in Manhattan, where she spent part of her early life until her family moved to Long Island. She received her bachelor’s degree in theater in 2003 at Towson University in Maryland.
If you go
When: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 25-26 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27
Where: Capt. Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island
Cost: $20 and $45, VIP tickets in advance. $25 and $50 day of show
Tickets/Information: 239-389-6900 or www.captbriens.com
That background helped her in standup, which she first tried in 2004.
“I had to get over stage fright,” Schumer says. “I kind of stumbled into it. It was like drugs; before I knew, I was addicted.”
Schumer debuted on network TV in 2007 on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” where she was a runner-up. She received critical acclaim for her roasting of Charlie Sheen and others on a Comedy Central television special in 2011.
To actor William Shatner, Schumer commented on his weight: “Does Priceline pay you in empanadas? What’s happening?”
And to Sheen, Schumer joked: “There’s no denying how famous you are. I mean, it was international news when you ruined the lives of those two girls living with you. You know, your daughters.”
Yet becoming a standup comedian has evolved slowly, Schumer says. She said it took her about 1 ½ years to develop six strong minutes of standup. And she said she’s spent up to four years to create a strong standup act.
Standup is trial and error, and there’s times when the audiences don’t think she’s funny, Schumer continues.
“I had a set like that on Saturday,” she says of a show earlier in May.
Schumer says she had performed five sets at a club and the first one was “a solid bomb.”
“I opened with stuff that was probably too dirty,” she explains. “The audience was like, ah, can you ease us into this? I don’t blame them.
“Those are important to remind you you have work to do. That’s part of the process.”
Schumer also says she occasionally must handle hecklers.
“I kind of just try to give them a couple warnings,” she says. “I kind of deal with them like I’m a kindergarten teacher.”
Upcoming projects include filming next month in San Francisco for a one-hour Comedy Central show that will air later this year.
Schumer will appear in a movie that opens June 22, “Seeking A Friend for the End of the World,” starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Schumer also stars opposite Parker Posey in “Price Check,” an independent feature shown at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January.
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