Catching Up With Amy Schumer
By Tiffany Razzano
Amy Schumer has certainly been busy these days.
After coming in fourth place on NBC's reality show Last Comic Standing last fall, her career as a stand-up comic and actress has skyrocketed.
Schumer has been chosen to star in a pilot for Comedy Central called Reality Bites, which will poke fun at reality TV. With episode titles such as "Are You Smarter Than a Monkey?" and "Amazing Disgrace," each episode will spoof one specific reality show. And this isn't the first time Schumer has teamed up with Comedy Central. She has developed a Web series for the station and more recently, on April 13, interviewed celebrities such as Matthew Broderick and Sarah Silverman on the red carpet at "Night of Too Many Stars," a live event that aimed to bring public awareness to the disease of autism.
That's not all. Since Last Comic ended, Schumer, who has since moved to Astoria, has also appeared on The Ellen DeGenneres Show, Best Week Ever on VH1 and has written for Cosmo. She also has a holding deal with NBC. "Last Comic Standing has done wonders for my career," she said. "I went from being completely unknown to having a fan base. It's been a crazy year. But I feel the same. I still love comedy. I just don't have to sort mail to make a living anymore."
Though she admittedly doesn't perform in Queens, she says that because of its proximity to Manhattan, it's the place to be if you're making your living as a comic. "I honestly think over 60 percent of the comics working in New York live in Astoria," she said.
One of her newest projects is The Collective, a theater/production company that develops original works for both stage and screen. Schumer also has been producing comedy shows through Collective Comedy, with line-ups that have boasted the likes of Demetri Martin, Laurie Kilmartin and Arj Barker.
A 1999 graduate of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, Schumer is known for her razor sharp wit and irreverent humor. To learn more about Schumer, visit www.myspace.com/amyschumer.
Published May 13, 2008
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