Review by Erin Harkes
I went to see Amy Schumer at The Egg not really knowing what to expect. My past experience watching her was limited yet impressive. I’ve seen a few of her clips; a minute here, a minute there. I saw her as a guest on other’s shows such as “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and “The Jesselnik Offensive.” Most notably I laughed uncontrollably when I saw her on the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr. So with that limited experience I guess I had no right to expect more from her full one-hour show … but I did.
I’m not saying for one second that Amy Schumer was not funny. At times she was hysterical. However it’s a repetitive shtick that not only gets old, it makes me empathetic and wonder more about her longevity as a comedienne. Or worse; that her sudden rise to fame may be over-rated and undeserved. She kind of reminded me of a friend I’d describe as a hot mess: sometimes entertaining, sometimes just sad, but you still love her.
And perhaps it’s only because I was expecting so much that I was mildly disappointed. It was a good show. It was a funny show. And as a budding comedienne myself, I can appreciate the path of self-deprecation; I just like a little variance. I have a love/hate relationship with her act when it borders on exhibitionist. The prude in me thinks it’s too much. Otherwise I think “good for you for doing what the men do and get away with all the time.” I think the way she appeals to both men AND women is nothing short of genius.
Overall, I think Amy Schumer is hilarious, and I think it’s great that she can stand out in a male-dominated industry. I just hope she has some longevity that can change the minds of everyone who repeats and believes that “Women aren’t funny.” She’s currently among the elite for having her own show about to debut on Comedy Central; it launches Tuesday, April 30. I’m rooting for her. No joke.