Life of the Party
Amy Schumer fearlessly commands the stage with her
take on sex and drinking
Michael Shashoua / Jester editor-in-chief
Comedian Amy Schumer’s digital album debut, “Cutting,” out on April 26,
may be a wider audience’s first exposure to her persona and material.
Schumer draws heavily on Sarah Silverman’s manner of finding humor in
being oblivious to political correctness and social graces, but overlays
that with a “Sex & The City”-like party girl demeanor.
Take a couple of pieces toward the middle of the 45-minute album, “Jews”
and “Mexicans,” where she says, first, that she recently returned to her
homeland, pausing – “Miami,” and secondly, “nothing works 100 percent of
the time” – again, a pause – “except Mexicans.” Schumer does show
fearless “anything goes” spontaneity that would fit in well on a Comedy
Central Roast show. For instance, she talks about going to sleep with a
guy who looks like Robert Pattinson only to find out when she wakes up
that he looks more like Gov. Patterson. It's a joke without even a whiff
of political correctness and constructed exactly like something that
would work well at a roast.
“Cutting” is sexually explicit all the way through – as on “Get Tested
Denise,” where Schumer speaks freely of a college roommate who was so
stupidly slutty that she begged off getting an STD test by saying, “it’s
not like I have lesions or something.” And, Schumer opines with her
sometimes spacey voice, “I thought the freshman 15 were just how many
dudes … ”
Schumer’s stand-up takes place in a world of blackout drinking, partying
and casual sex, which keeps it simpler than the layers of irony Sarah
Silverman might craft with the same ideas. But Schumer has enough of an
element of surprise to her material to make it funny and entertaining.
With “Cutting,” she no doubt will be on her way to becoming better