There is a small chance that you might not know who Amy Schumer is, but chances are you will be an instant fan when you see her new movie, Trainwreck, hitting theaters July 17.
Written by and starring Schumer herself, Trainwreck is the story of a young professional woman named Amy, who was raised on the idea that monogamy is unachievable. Amy’s life is a perpetual cycle of working, drinking and one-night stands. But this cycle is suddenly broken when Amy meets Aaron, played by Bill Hader, a sports surgeon and true gentleman who is interested in more than just another fling.
Trainwreck is as hilarious as it is heartwarming, with all of the gritty, witty, wisecracking humor that audiences crave, tied together with a surprisingly insightful and delightfully human moral to the story.
It is this unique balance between crude humor and human nature that makes Schumer stand out among the comedy crowd. She is ferociously funny with a feminine flair, and she is just getting started.
“As early as I can remember I knew I was going to be a performer,” Schumer told GetOut. “I had no backup plan.”
Achieving her newfound level of fame has been a lifetime in the making. Since she was young, Schumer has been making a stage out of everyday life, performing small roles in theater productions, and even winning the title of “Class Clown” in high school. She has been performing stand-up for 11 years, and earned fourth place in the fifth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, which marked the point that her career took off.
“Fame is not an exciting thing to me at all,” Schumer said. “But I really love what I’m doing and I feel so satisfied creatively.”
Schumer now has her own show on Comedy Central, titled Inside Amy Schumer, which is a mash-up of short, side-stitching skits and clips of her stand-up. Schumer’s comedic performances are infectious, brutally honest and deeply relatable — a style that is reflective of her persona.
“I think the truest stuff is the most funny,” she said. “A lot of (my humor) is just truth, and humanizing myself to make other people feel more human.”
Schumer said her comedy is drawn from real-life experiences, and reflects an exaggerated version of herself and her life. Trainwreck exemplifies this method flawlessly, as it was written at a point in Schumer’s life that related closely to the plot.
“I was falling in love when I was writing it,” she said. “It’s a really personal story for me. It was stuff I was actually learning about myself while I was writing it.”
In the film, Schumer’s character is cautious — even a bit terrified — when faced with the potential for a committed relationship. This theme mirrors Schumer’s own experience with prospective love.
“I wasn’t even enjoying falling in love because I was afraid of getting hurt,” Schumer explained. “We all glorify it, but it can be a real nightmare.”
Schumer expects her fame to reach a new level after the release of Trainwreck. With a stacked cast that includes Hader, Tilda Swinn, Lebron James, John Cena, Colin Quinn and, of course, Schumer herself, Trainwreck is a guaranteed audience favorite. But she says she doesn’t plan on changing any time soon. Fans new and old can expect on seeing Schumer’s one-of-a-kind comedic spark for years to come.
“I’m going to do my best to just keep being myself and not get worried. I try not to take it too seriously and be authentic and be myself.”
• Hannah Mitchell is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a freelancer for GetOut.