“God, you look familiar. Are you that girl from the television who talks about her pussy all the time?” says Julia Louis-Dreyfus to a baffled but thrilled Amy Schumer when the latter stumbled upon the Veep star along with Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette having brunch in a meadow (Episode 1, Season 3). And it is fairly easy to judge Schumer’s comedy as crass, vulgar and highly offensive. Of course it is. But not without a point. Schumer addresses hot button feminist issues. Nothing like good hard-hitting comedy to get awareness on gender bias, body image pressures and sexual abuse. Laugh first, think later is the motto of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.
And here are my top five feminist Inside Amy Schumer sketches:
1. Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup
Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup is a spot on boy band parody that challenges the idea of mawkish pop songs, with good-looking dudes having to guarantee a woman’s beauty by saying: “You don’t need makeup to cover up.” That is until they ask you to put them back on. Not only is the sketch hilarious with One Direction clones crooning to a blushing turned exasperated Amy Schumer, the song itself is extremely catchy, and the lyrics smart and witty. In fact, the Emmy’s agree and gave songwriters Kyle Dunnigan and Joe Roach the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Award. Be warned you will not get this song off your head.
2. The Last Fuckable Day
Season 3 opens with a star-studded ensemble cast consisting of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey skewering Hollywood sexism. The Last Fuckable Day is “the day in every actress’ life when the media decides that you’re not believably fuckable anymore.” Women in Hollywood come with a best before date. And once you reach that point, they give you Mrs. Claus roles, make you wear long sweaters, and would rather put up a picture of a kitchen rather than your face on your movie poster.
3. 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer
For maximum entertainment value it is best for you to see Sydney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men (1975), if you haven’t yet. It is uncanny how precise and accurate this parody is. But instead of 12 angry, jaded and weary men debating the guilt or innocence of a boy convicted of murder, these jurors convene to debate whether Amy Schumer is hot enough to be on TV. And instead of Exhibit A as a switch blade, you get a springy dildo. And the way the men get worked up over it is hilarious. Not only is this sketch a very nice homage to the Lumet’s classic film, but this is Amy saying to hell with fitting into the molds of beauty standards.
4. Football Town Nights
Football Town Nights lovingly and cleverly spoofs NBC’s Friday Night Lights and at the same time educating the audience on rape culture specifically in the world of sports. Come for Josh Charles‘ (Sports Night, The Good Wife) and Amy Schumer’s hilarious Coach Eric and Tammy Taylor impersonation respectively. Stay for the eye-opening and unflinching commentary on the sad truth of athlete hero-worship and rape culture.
5. Operation Enduring Mouth
Operation Enduring Mouth is a send-up of spy movies and its depiction of women as sexual objects. Amy Schumer as a female operative can hack a submarine’s computer mainframe but no, that’s a man’s job. Her partner Dennis does the rappelling and capturing while Schumer is left the task of seducing the target by cooking him dinner and giving him a blow job.
Inside Amy Schumer is a comedy sketch TV series created and hosted by Amy Schumer. It has won a Peabody Award and two Emmys this year. It has completed its third season run last July and will be returning for a fourth but no official release date has been set.