Amy Schumer’s unflinching "SNL" monologue: This is why you're going to love her stand-up special

Schumer's "Live at the Apollo" premieres on HBO next week

Anna Silman
October 12, 2015 8:42PM (UTC)

Amy Schumer’s HBO stand-up special comes out next week, and if you aren’t familiar with Schumer’s uniquely irreverent brand of joke-telling, her “Saturday Night Live” monologue was a good example of what we can expect when she takes the stage at the Apollo next Saturday.

In the zippy nine-minute monologue, Schumer covered many of her favorite topics, including body image and Hollywood sexism, repurposing the story she told onstage at the Madonna concert about her young “Trainwreck” co-star worrying her cheeks were too chubby to get work as an actress. And as always, she wasn’t afraid to veer into some risque territory, including a bit about washing her 18-month-old niece’s private parts.


As with "Inside Amy Schumer," much of Schumer's material is culled from contemporary pop culture, including a biting riff on the Kardashians as "a whole family of women who take the faces they were born with as a light suggestion." Schumer’s stand-up tends to veer to the autobiographical, and the set was brimming with personal anecdotes — including a meeting with Hillary Clinton and her “date” with Cooper — although they have gotten slightly less easy to identify with as her star has continued to shoot skyward.

But Schumer’s charisma and relatability remain intact, as does the feminist streak that runs through much of her comedy. Without ever being didactic, Schumer manages to appeal to specific feminine foibles -- from her love of Jessica Alba’s hand-soap to Bradley Cooper's "ankle-grabbing" hotness  -- while also broadly criticizing sexist society at large. As she put it: "Everyone's always asking me, 'Amy, is it an exciting time for women in Hollywood? Is it? Is it an exciting time?' And I'm like… No."

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