I tried to set up a phone interview with the esteemed Amy Schumer, a very funny stand-up who finished fourth on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2007 and killed during the Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen earlier this year. But we couldn’t work out a time. So I had to settle for a quick email Q&A to promote her two shows Friday and three shows New Year’s Eve at the Punchline. (You can get tickets here.)
Here it is:
Q: I was born in Rockville Centre, where you grew up, but never lived there.(I’m Oyster Bay High School graduate, Class of 1987). Did you luck out by actually getting to grow up there?
Schumer: No. Long Island is a dump.
Q; On the William Esper Studio Alumni website, your name is not included – yet. Where’s the respect?
Schumer: I have two movies this year. A pilot at CBS and Comedy Central. Maybe I blue balled the person who updates the site or maybe they still just think of me as a comic. Either way. It’s cool.
Q: It has now been more than four years since you did “Last Comic Standing.” In retrospect, what was the greatest benefit of doing that show?
Schumer: The tour that followed. It was comedy boot camp. I bombed in 42 cities across our great country. All my worst fears about performing came true. So by the end, I was fearless.
Q: Was there any downside?
Schumer: I probably gained weight. A four-month tour will do that to you.
Q: Who invited you to be on the Charlie Sheen roast?
Schumer: Comedy Central
Q: Did you know Sheen before the roast?
Schumer: Nope. I met him the night before. He had a party for all the roasters. I like him
Q: Your style of humor seemed to work well on a roast. What was your favorite joke you did?
Schumer: The one in said off the cuff. When Mike Tyson was heckling me with that crazy speech impediment I asked “Is his interpreter here?”
Q: Have you seen Steve-O since the roast? [She made a joke about his late friend Ryan Dunn, who got drunk and killed himself in a car accident: “I truly am — no joke — sorry for the loss of your friend Ryan Dunn. I know you must have been thinking it could’ve been me. And I know we were all thinking, 'Why wasn’t it?' ”] Do you think he was really that upset with what you said or was that all blown out of proportion?
Schumer: I have not seen him. I didn’t think it would upset him. The editor chose to cut to him looking really sad. Maybe he was. That wasn’t my intention.
Q: Is doing a New Year’s show any different from doing a show on any other day in your mind?
Schumer: Yes. New Year’s shows have a higher intensity. There’s a real sense of occasion and the energy is amazing. I love performing on NYE. It will be a great time.
Q: Louis C.K. is getting a lot of love lately. What’s your take on his $5 online concert sale that generated more than $1 million in sales? And what do you think of his show “Louie”?
Schumer: I think it’s great. And I think it’s great.
Q: Do you have any Atlanta connections?
Schumer: Not yet
Q: What’s the most annoying question reporters ask you?
Schumer: Is it harder being a girl?
Q: What is the most annoying question I’ve asked you so far? (Perhaps they are one and the same!).
Schumer: The first one. Because it was about you.
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