A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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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