Amy Schumer Dishes On ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ Talks Rape And Comedy At Tribeca Film Festival
Amy Schumer dished a bit of behind the scenes info on the new season of her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, during a panel discussion at Tribeca Film Festival.
Inside Amy Schumer To Take On 12 Angry Men
Inside Amy Schumer’s third season premiered Tuesday, April 21, but a room full of lucky fans got to see the entire first episode a few days early at Tribeca, followed by a chat with Schumer herself.
Schumer, along with head writer Jessi Klein, director Ryan McFaul, writers Kim Caramele and Dan Powell and producer Kevin Kane, gave fans a bit of behind-the-scenes info on the new season of the sketch comedy show.
Not only did Schumer and the writers give a few insights into the premiere, they also teased a few things to come. Schumer revealed that she’s most excited for the season’s third episode, which is a shot-for-shot parody of the classic 12 Angry Men. In the parody, which features cameos from Dennis Quaid, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum and Vincent Kartheiser. Schumer co-directed the episode with Ryan McFaul.
Amy Schumer Teases Bill Cosby Sketch
The creative minds behind Inside Amy Schumer also opened up about an upcoming Bill Cosby sketch, saying that it was probably the one that elicited the most debates in the writer’s room.
“So, I had an idea to do a scene where there was somewhat of a support group, and it was all girls who wouldn’t say what happened, but they were all wearing Cosby sweaters. And, we were like, we want to address this, we don’t want it to go away without us getting to comment on it,” Schumer revealed.
Schumer clarified that the writer’s weren’t so much debating Cosby’s culpability, but rather how to take such a huge celebrity scandal and turn it into good comedy.
“And I think we probably talked about this scene more than any other scene we’ve ever done. So we have a scene in the forth episode called ‘Cosby Court.’ … And we got into real debates in the writer’s room about this,” Schumer said.
One of the panelists added that they actually shot the Cosby sketch last to ensure the sketch be as relevant as possible.
Amy Schumer On Rape In Comedy
Rape is one issue that won’t ever be off limits on Inside Amy Schumer, something the show makes clear in the premiere. In the season three premiere, one of the most praised sketches is a parody of Friday Night Lights, where the new high school football coach, played by The Good Wife’s Josh Charles, desperately tries to teach the team not to rape.
“Rape is good fodder for comedy because it’s the worst thing in the whole world, so it’s untouchable. We’re not just like, ‘Rape’s hilarious!’ It’s always a risk, some people will always be upset just at hearing the word, and you can maybe look at that scene and think we’re making light of something serious. We’re really trying to educate, but that’s not always clear. We know what message we want to send, and we also think the premise is funny, and then we’ll go to town,” Schumer told the crowd.
You can listen to the entire panel discussion here: