The MTV Movie Awards are on Sunday, and this should rile you. Not only is the Best Movie trophy a battle between “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Selma” (!), but Amy Schumer is our emcee. It's possible that you don't watch her Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” and watch her mercilessly rip into horrible celebrities on that network's roasts, so let's make sure we all understand this awesome talent before Sunday.
After only two years of standup experience, Schumer gained notoriety as a fifth-place contestant on “Last Comic Standing” in 2007. Her first special aired on Comedy Central in 2010, and her hailed first album “Cutting” came out in 2011. She toplines the sketch comedy series “Inside Amy Schumer” where she generally plays stranger and more heightened versions of herself. In July of this year we'll see her starring role debut in “Trainwreck,” a Judd Apatow-directed movie that Schumer also wrote. She's both fearless and utterly casual in her monotone joke recitation. She'll give the MTV Movie Awards a necessary jolt of celebrity-slandering fun.
Let's acquaint ourselves with some Schumer standup. Here she is on “Conan” discussing her love of dating youuuunger guys.
Amy Schumer makes a habit of shutting down hecklers. She is definitely not afraid of the drunkest people alive.
Here's one of my favorite “Inside Amy Schumer” sketches: a meditation on the excruciating world of compliments and compulsive self-deprecation.
Schumer has long been a highlight of Comedy Central's roasts. Here she is assaying Charlie Sheen and comic legend Mike Tyson.
Here's the NSFW red band trailer for “Trainwreck.” I can already tell this is a necessary movie. Who else is dishing this kind of informed, profane fun? The presence of Tilda Swinton, the Earth's only perfect creature, seals this as an essential moviegoing experience.
Finally, here's an excellent toast from Amy Schumer to the late Joan Rivers. This woman knows her comedy legends.