Amy Schumer’s daily life hasn’t changed as much as you might think. Seriously, she says it’s pretty much the same.
Schumer is on set of her TV show, which is in its fourth season, and it’s still one of her favorite places to be. She’s wearing sneakers and a sweatshirt and she sees her sister every day. Her group of friends is made up of “90 percent” the same people. And she points out that she’s sweating a little bit, as if to say getting famous doesn’t change that she, you know, sweats.
“If you cut to my life four years ago, I’d like to think you’d see me doing the same thing in the same place,” Schumer said, while on the phone in New York City. “I feel real and I feel the same. My daily life is mostly exactly the same.”
But, in case you haven’t noticed, some things have changed over the last few years.
“Trainwreck,” the movie Schumer wrote and starred in, happened. Her Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer,” won the Peabody Award along with two Primetime Emmys. She got a book deal — “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” will be released in August. Plus, she’s in the middle of a 20-city stand-up comedy tour, which stops Friday at Iowa City’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Schumer has been doing interviews with newspapers like this for a decade, but now she mixes in appearances on late-night talk shows, the “big award shows” and photo-shoots for magazine covers. You can barely go a day, or even a few hours, without seeing the comedian’s name pop up in some new form online.
“It feels temporary,” Schumer said of the constant press, where anything she posts on Instagram or Twitter could turn into a headline. “It feels funny in a way.”
Schumer’s brand of comedy is certainly headline-worthy. She talks about body image, drinking, hooking up and is quick to self-deprecate. She has become the woman who will say or reveal just about anything and the go-to girl for an unapologetic raunchy or racy quip.
When announcing her memoir, her statement followed that line of thought: “Believe it or not, there’s actually more I have to say.”
So, with much of the world watching, does she ever feel pressure to live up to the Amy Schumer-ness? Does she feel pressure to say that next crazy, quotable, thing?
“I never think of it that way, I try to be real and authentic,” she said. “I do my best not to waste any time thinking about if people like me or about insecurities — that takes too much energy and it’s a time suck.”
That means no matter how much of Amy Schumer you’ve already seen, you’re still in for some surprises at her show.
“You never want people to be like, 'oh, I know what punchline is coming,’” she said. “As a human, I’m evolving so my jokes are going to evolve. Where I am in life, I have different interests and issues that I want to talk about.”
And given her options, from the small screen to the big one, she prefers talking about things while performing live.
“It’s immediately rewarding,” Schumer said of stand-up. “The crowd will let you know pretty soon what they think and if you’re trying out a new joke, you’ll know if it works or not.”
At this stage of her life, at least one thing hasn’t changed since she started out in comedy more than 10 years ago.
“I want everyone to have a great time and people have already come up to saying they have, saying they’re stomach hurts from laughing,” Schumer said. “I don’t take it lightly that people choose to spend an evening with me, and I just want to make them laugh.”