We’ve seen Amy Schumer take on her first HBO comedy special, and with Netflix making a monstrous purge into the genre, it was only a matter of time Schumer would make her next debut. So it is, that the Inside Amy Schumer star books a March premiere for a new standup special, and all in service of a Stranger Things Season 2 gig.
It’s the bugaboo that every comic who’s ever gripped a mic and squinted into the spotlight knows all too well: silence. You keep telling the jokes, and your best material isn’t getting a peep. The flop sweat starts to gather at the small of your back, and all of a sudden, you regret not taking the bottle of water they offered you backstage. The colloquial turn is ‘choking’ or ‘bombing,’ and it happens to the best of the best. They admit as much themselves in the new trailer for the upcoming stand-up documentary Dying Laughing; all the Emmys in the world can’t protect the biggest talents in the world from an occasional nuclear-class bombing, and the upcoming doc captures all the agony and ecstasy of life in comedy.
Can you believe it’s been almost 15 years since Goldie Hawn last appeared in a live-action movie? The last time we were treated to a Goldie Hawn performance, Arnold Schwarzenegger was still an actor, not an actor-turned-politician-turned-actor. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise had yet to be launched. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man will in the midst of setting box office records for superhero movies. Resident Evil was expected to kick of a new wave of successful video game adaptations.
The public’s first look at Amy Schumer’s upcoming crime-comedy Snatched came a couple of months ago, when she posted that video of her and her costar Goldie Hawn doing a lightly choreographed dance routine tribute to Beyoncé’s “Formation” and instantly earned the ire of the internet. Somewhat less likely to earn her charges of cultural appropriation, however, is the official red-band trailer for that movie, which Schumer released today in the hopes that she has not yet fallen entirely out of favor with the general public. The people will most likely smile more kindly on Schumer when she’s getting a beverage spat on her instead of putting her face on an anthem for black womanhood — the spit take can bridge any cultural gap, truly.
Sony’s live-action Barbie movie project has had a bit of a bumpy development process, initially hiring Diablo Cody to pen the screenplay (yay!) before tossing it out (boo!) and hiring three more (!) writers to deliver competing screenplays (huh?) — leaving us with little idea of what to expect from this wacky film. That drastically changed today, as Amy Schumer has officially been cast in the title role in the Barbie movie, which has an official screenplay and everything.
Amy Schumer’s career has more than taken off in the time since developing her own sketch show for Comedy Central, leading many to expect the already-ordered Season 5 might represent the last. Schumer then surprised fans with an extended hiatus before the final season, but the comedian now seems uncertain of any potential Season 5.
Like any mega-star comedian, Amy Schumer has an extensive resume of earlier appearances on TV. Girls fans in particular might remember Schumer’s brief role as the overbearing friend of Adam’s ex, as well that Schumer previously auditioned for the role of Shoshanna, which creator Lena Dunham now explains “wasn’t meant” to be.
Many comedians see their star rising beyond the comedy showcase that bears their name, just as Amy Schumer fans questioned the fifth season commitment for Inside Amy Schumer after Season 4 earlier this year. Now, following recent controversy with one of the series’ writers, Schumer tacitly suggests Inside Amy Schumer Season 5 may not happen after all.
With four highly praised seasons of Inside Amy Schumer and one successful feature film under her belt, Amy Schumer has reached the point where she can pretty much write her own ticket. We’ve known for a while now that Schumer had targeted a mother-daughter adventure movie as her next project, but with Schumer juggling the careers of three or four different performers, we had also resigned ourselves to a bit of a wait.
Instead of yet another bachelor party comedy about a bunch of bros bro-ing down with booze and mostly naked women who barely have names, how about one in which Amy Schumer invites herself to the big bro party and disrupts all their bro-fun? That sounds perfect, actually. Good news: that’s the plot of a real movie that’s really going to happen!