As a feminist with a sense of humour that, at best, could be called unrefined, Amy Schumer is a godsend.
In an age where scores of think pieces on feminism are delivered daily via your Facebook feed, it’s refreshing to be reminded that we can have a sense of humour about gender politics. This isn’t to say that feminist issues are not worth taking seriously, but that they’re worth laughing about as well, and Amy Schumer’s silly, self-deprecating sense of comedy is the perfect platform for proving that women aren’t above laughing at themselves. Schumer’s sketches aren’t mean-spirited, but rather feel like she’s riffing on her own diary. If she’s ever unfair to any woman, it’s herself.
This season of Inside Amy Schumer has been killing it, and the reason isn’t just Schumer’s comfort with making fun of herself. What has made the show’s third season really great is its star’s willingness to criticize society’s impossible standards for women’s appearance and behaviour, and last night’s episode is no exception. So let’s look at the best sketches!
I HAVE A BOYFRIEND
A staple of Amy’s brand of feminist comedy is talking about the impossible and contradictory ways women’s behaviour is governed in a really ridiculous way. I have a friend at work who is absolutely gorgeous. She has pointed out at least five guys in the office that treated her differently, or stopped talking to her altogether, once she revealed that she had a boyfriend. In the second sketch of the episode, Amy learns that the balancing act of mentioning your boyfriend is impossible, even when it’s contextually appropriate.
Mention your boyfriend too soon, you’re arrogant and that guy wasn’t even interested in you. Mention your boyfriend too late, and you’re a tease who’s been leading the guy on. The solution, according to Inside Amy Schumer? Just go with it until the guy dies. At least Amy gets to win at the end of this bit when she goes out to the car as an old woman to her boyfriend who hadn’t aged a day.
MOMENT OF THE SKETCH: Eugene Mirman, one of my favorite comedians, making an appearance!
Tim Gunn is in this episode, so my life is complete. Also this is a perfect spoof of Disney princess movies, which at this point has become a bit of an easy target.
Of course Disney films are unrealistic, but what’s really gross about them is the way we romanticize the era most Disney princess films take place in, since they were pretty bullshit times to be a woman. Amy reminds us, while dressed in sparkly Disney princess wonderment, that most princesses back in the day were barely pubescent, forced to marry someone they were not-so-distantly related to, and usually ended up killed for one thing or another that was out of their control.
MOMENT OF THE SKETCH: Tim Gunn saying the words “incubating a prince is literally your only role.” He makes it work.
Other Noteworthy Moments: Two dudes kiss and it’s not a big deal. Female masturbation is also not a big deal and happens a lot.
By far my favorite part of every episode of this show is the end, where Amy sits with someone without pretense and has a conversation. I feel like she is so naturally funny and endearing that this works better than any sketch she could write. I would watch an entire show of Amy Schumer talking to people about being rich, open relationships and masturbation.