Inside Amy Schumer

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy comedy with a subversively feminist edge.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Though many of Schumer's skits are seemingly sexist, for instance, one in which she enthusiastically responds to blatantly sexual texts from a man she barely knows, the jokes are actually subversively feminist. But kids have to be old enough to get that.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters Schumer plays are shallow and self-debasing, caricatures of various types of women instead of actual women. She uses her show to offer a female perspective.

Violence
Sex

Very heavy sexual humor: The very first skit on the very first show depicts Schumer showing auditioning for the hideous viral Internet porn video "Two Girls, One Cup." Schumer also sends dirty texts to a man she barely knows, uses a lot of sexual language, and makes references to masturbation and dildos, and refers to herself as a "slut" and a "whore." Jokes about one-night stands, etc.

Language

Many bleeped curses: "Just get f--ked!" Also lots of coarse language: "Did I wear a bag?" asks a one-night stand of Schumer, wondering if he wore a condom when he was with her. "What a dick!" she says, hanging up the phone.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many references to drinking, being drunk, being hammered, etc.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Inside Amy Schumer is a very raunchy sketch show starring a comedian who takes on very dicey subjects: one-night stands, strippers, prostitutes, Plan B, oral sex, on and on. The humor is over-the top, and also very funny; and, unlike most sketch shows, it's presented from a female point of view. Parents who don't mind all the (bleeped) cursing, general salty language and sexual content may find this show to be surbversively feminist and appropriate for sophisticated older teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byCliff C. February 26, 2017

Worthless waste of time

Amy is a wannabe with no talent she brings no life to the show. Most of the jokes and humor is the same themes and dialog we have all seen before.
Adult Written byclarence August 4, 2015
Teen, 15 years old Written bySwimmer5798 July 22, 2013

14+

This show is a little more leninant than other networks because words like (p---y, d--k, g-----n) are audible. There is a lot of strong sexual humor in this s... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byirontap July 5, 2015

What's the story?

INSIDE AMY SCHUMER stars, natch, standup comedian Amy Schumer, known for her ribald takes on modern life. The half-hour show combines bits culled from Schumer's live act, man- (or, more often, woman-) on-the-street interviews about topics like sexting, and skits in which Schumer plays such characters as a woman infuriated by the discomforts of air travel or a shoe salesperson who visits a Hooters-like restaurant with male waiters called "Nutters." Well-known comedy personalities like Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle and Michael Showalter frequently stop by to riff with Schumer.

Is it any good?

Inside Amy Schumer is what TGS, the faux show at the center of 30 Rock, could be if the writers of 30 Rock actually wrote a funny show-within-a-show instead of throwaway jokes about Fart Doctor. Inside Amy Schumer is fearlessly feminist, defiantly woman-oriented, hysterically funny and so very, very dirty that parents will most definitely want to watch first before letting teens tune in.

An illustration: One sketch involves a casting session for an unbelievably obscene viral porn video; the casting director describes in heinous detail what will be involved. "Well, I guess I need more on-camera time," Schumer says, psyching herself up for the job. "It's commentary, right? It's kinda meta?" She wonders if it's art and might end up in the MOMA. "No, it's scat porn," says the director. "It's the opposite of art." If that sounds funny to you, you'll laugh at Inside Amy Schumer. If it sounds dreadful, you won't. Pretty simple.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about the humor in the show. Does it surprise you to know that many of the people who worked on The Sarah Silverman Program are also working on Inside Amy Schumer? Do you see similarities between the two shows? What are they?

  • Do you think Schumer's skits are feminist or misogynist? What is the point being made when, for instance, Schumer is shown picking out her wedding cake after a one-night stand, while her partner drinks beer with his buddies?

  • Schumer talks a lot about sex. Why?

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