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Amy Schumer has edgy, sexy stand-up for Tampa

Tribune correspondent
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Female comics are the bane of Lisa Lampanelli's existence. The top insult comic openly loathes some of her feminine peers.

“Who can take people like Rita Rudner,” Lampanelli said. “She's just like so many female comics. She talks about shopping and other things nobody cares about.”

Lampanelli noted there are exceptions. Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer are some bawdy females, who stand out.

Schumer, who will perform Saturday at the Straz Center, is cut from the same edgy cloth as Lampanelli.

Smart, tough and libido-driven are just some of the ways to describe the clever Schumer, who broke out due to a Comedy Central roast.

Schumer, 31, killed during a Charlie Sheen roast in 2011. She ripped the Jack-Ass crew, harassed the late, lamented Patrice O'Neal and never blinked.

“I was really proud of that performance,” Schumer said. “I prepared for it and had fun with it. I wasn't sure what would happen next because it always seemed like I was about to break.”

Schumer appeared to be on her way after impressing in “Last Comic Standing” in 2007 but ultimately it failed to catapult her to the next level.

“You're never know what's going to happen in this business,” Schumer said.

Well, it appears that Schumer has finally broken through. She's headlining theaters and she appeared in the Steve Carell movie, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”

Schumer has worked hard for opportunity. She has honed her skills and that's apparent while catching the hilarious “Mostly Sex Stuff,” her most recent Comedy Central special and her new series “Inside Amy Schumer,” which debuted this month.

“I'm my own person when it comes to stand-up,” Schumer said. “I like darker stuff. I like to talk about life and sex. It's personal stuff that I think most people can relate to. I've always been drawn to the darker material. What I do isn't for shock value, it's me. What comes out of me is material that I think is funny, not shocking. I'm simply trying to make people laugh.”

Schumer was passionate about comedy as a kid while growing up in Long Island. “I didn't have the same interests as the girls I grew up with,” Schumer said. “I loved comedy. I was especially drawn to funny females like Lucille Ball and Goldie Hawn. I loved to laugh and I loved women in comedy.”

Now Schumer, who also excelled during the Roseanne Barr roast, is part of that group.

“It's great to be doing something that you love,” she said. “It's not about sitcoms for me. I love getting on the stage and making people laugh.”


Amy Schumer appears at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are few and far between, call (813) 229-7827 for more information.

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