Sunday, January 17, 2016

Amy Schumer Isn't Funny...Forgive Me For Stating the Obvious

Cataline can still get chumped. I suppose that one is obvious too.

However, I am more than passingly embarrassed about this one. I guess, I got caught up in the hype surrounding her.  I have finally seen her HBO Special or rather part of it.  I got bored after twenty minutes.

I can't tell you why I was pigeon enough to believe that Schumer was actually funny as a stand up comic when I've said in the past, "I honestly can't think of a single woman that can really do stand up." That remains true.

I'm not saying women performers can't be funny. Carol Burnett in her prime was the best physical comedian of her age. While I find their politics malignant, I will grant that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have made me laugh. But only...and this is important...in the context of being comedic actresses.

Women's standup is invariably a different story because it's always the same story.

My period just started. 

My vagina is like... 

My boyfriend is like this thing compared to that thing because he is a shit, "hi honey!" 

I got so drunk that...  

My cat watched me having sex...  

I'm fat.  

I'm old. 

No one wants me anymore and they used to and I'm mad about that. 

Blowjobs are like this thing compared to another thing.

My period just started.

Occasionally one of these New York basket cases (and it is always a New Yorker), gets selected at random to be the new It Girl. She then gets an HBO comedy special. A magazine shoot that tests the outer most limits of make-up, lighting and camera technique to make someone look reasonably attractive. And a movie gig that has her opposite Meryl Streep. And then everyone suddenly realizes one day that her insane rantings aren't that funny and they move on to the next one

Twenty years ago it was Rosanne Barr.

Ten years ago Margret Cho was the new Rosanne Barr.

Now Amy Schumer is the new Margret Cho.



Actually, to be fair, Schumer's much-famed Apollo show-turned-HBO special wasn'tbad, per se. It was just rote in that stereotypical thirty-something white girl kinda way. Standing before a similarly white, hipster audience, a blonde chick with a foul mouth essentially confessed that she likes to talk about sex. Case in point: Schumer began her routine with a gag about dirty underwear. Somewhere toward the end she dropped a joke about giving oral sex to Uber drivers. The middle was a forgettable montage of awkward sex comedy featuring abortion gags and fat jokes. The grand finale was nothing more than a defense of women who like sex. If Schumer were that chick at a frat house with a Pabst in her hand, riling up half-drunk guys with bawdy humor before deciding which one would be her mark for the evening, I'd get it. A premium-pay comedy special? HBO, I know you're into Lena Dunham and all, but can you please spare me your over-hyped shenanigans?




I think the problem may ultimately be psyche. Male standup is by it's nature confrontational. Female standup is by it's nature the result of non-confrontational group consensus. The observations can be amusing but rarely funny.

UPDATE: 

It also turns out that Schumer steals material.



4 comments:

Jew613 said...

Of the It Girls pushed to be the female great standup Margaret cho was the craziest and Rosanne Barr was the most vile as a human being.

Cataline Sergius said...

The mother of all of these tragically deformed daughters is Whoopi Goldberg.

She was the one that set the mold in the 1980s. I can't think of any comedic trainwreck that was comparable before her.

Jew613 said...

I never found Whoopi to be very funny. Just a boring actress who was given roles beyond her ability to carry.

30 Rock was very funny, though Tina Fey was more of the straight man fish out of water surrounded by craziness then funny herself. I will say that Jane Krakowski was very funny on 30 Rock.

SciVo said...

Rosanne Barr was like the female version of the chubby guy with the hot wife. And she couldn't have pulled it off without real comedic chops. Gotta give credit where it's due.