Comedian Amy Schumer can talk about sex on stage for hours. In interviews? Not so much.
What do you want me to say? I dont know, says the 31-year-old New Yorker, when asked why she thinks sex is so funny.
So if you want to hear her talk about sex, go to the Charlotte Comedy Zone, where shell do four shows over the next two nights. If you want to hear her talk about how shes constantly being asked to get naked youre in the right place.
Schumer who broke out on the Comedy Central roasts of Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr and then scored big with her special Mostly Sex Stuff for the same network is often described as having wholesome, girl-next-door looks.
And yet the wholesome girl next door keeps taking her clothes off. Anyway, enough teasing on with the interview.
Q. Where do you think youd be right now if not for the roasts?
Id probably just still be on the road, doing exactly what Im doing now but making less money.
Q. What can you tell us about your show?
Its dirty. Its dirty.
Q. Speaking of dirty youve been compared to Sarah Silverman, another famously raunchy female comic. You OK with that comparison?
I love her. Shes a friend. I dont mind being compared to her at all. Were both cheery, and we both do racist jokes.
Q. Do you find your audience skews more heavily toward one gender?
No, its really 50-50. Theres times when I think both men and women feel alienated at my show.
Q. What do you have on tap for the near future?
My TV show (Inside Amy Schumer) starts April 30th on Comedy Central. I got a book deal. And Im going out to L.A. after Charlotte to do a spread for Vanity Fair.
Q. Oh, thats cool. How do you feel about modeling for magazine photo shoots? (Schumer has been photographed for Cosmo and British GQ.)
I mean, I talk about sex and Im not shy, but its funny because Ill show up for the photographs to be taken and I will just show up in jeans and be like, What are we doing? Theyll have a rack of clothes, and they completely ignore that Im a comedian. When I went to do British GQ, it was just denim shorts and they were like, Yeah, just pick a pair.
Q. You wound up posing topless for that one, and you also took off your clothes for Cosmo, right?
Yeah, any photo shoot Ive ever done, the clothing has been minimal. I think they just ignore what it is you do. Theyre just like, A girls coming! Theyre used to models, and Im like, Um, Im a size 6, lets roll that rack in. Im very comfortable in my own skin, but its weird to be in that world thats not yours, where the standards are different.
Q. So how are you preparing for the Vanity Fair shoot?
Im not drinking this week. I might get a spray tan. I just know better now. (In the past) I would be annoyed because I wouldnt have any warning. ... I showed up to film all these videos for Cosmo, and (found out on the spot) the idea was that I was basically naked the whole time.
I would have loved to have even two days notice, rather than just show up on set and have them be like, Take off your clothes!