Amy Schumer: everything to break taboos

She challenged diktats, broke down barriers and took female comedians to new, once-undreamed-of heights.

Amy Schumer: everything to break taboos

She challenged diktats, broke down barriers and took female comedians to new, once-undreamed-of heights. But Amy Schumer does not intend to be satisfied with it. "You always have to keep fighting against the hypocrisy and misogyny that we all face," says the comedian.

With her outspokenness, her sometimes raw gags and her uninhibited attitude, Amy Schumer quickly became the face of her generation of female comedians. She has been breaking taboos for more than 15 years with her incisive and frontal humor that she offers both on stage and on screen with, among others, the series Inside Amy Schumer and the hit film Trainwreck.

In short, she is not shy. And she refuses to give up, rushing headlong into the barriers that we try to erect on her path or that of her female colleagues.

“For sure if I speak with Gloria Steinem, she will tell me that we have made immense progress. But for me, that's not enough. We must not be satisfied, we must work continuously to break, again and again, the glass ceilings ”, elaborates Amy Schumer, in a telephone interview.

A "hilarious" title

The situation of women in humor, she attests, has made significant progress since the beginnings of her idols Joan Rivers or Whoopi Goldberg. An example ? The title of his new tour, Whore (or "Putain", in French). A few years ago, the use of this word would have undeniably shocked the masses.

"The funniest thing about it is that it's not one word that defines the show. I just found it catchy and hilarious to call my tour that,” Amy Schumer drops with a laugh.

So, what to expect from this tour? Hard to say, the comedian has not yet kicked off during his interview with Le Journal. However, it promises "very personal" material, but just as crisp as what it has accustomed us to in the past.

“I want to talk about where I am today without embarrassment and without avoiding topics like the vagaries of marriage and motherhood. But hey, obviously I'm going to say a lot of bullshit too,” she laughs.

mom on the road

One thing, however, is certain: touring life will now be much different for Amy Schumer. The comedian indeed became a mother for the first time with the birth of her son, Gene David Fisher, in the spring of 2019. The toddler did not hesitate to loudly interrupt this telephone interview.

" I'm so sorry ; my son is not so interested in my career and my obligations; in his eyes, I am his mother and nothing else. So, let's just say touring life might get a little weird," the comedian says.

♦ Amy Schumer's Whore Tour stops at Montreal's Place des Arts on Saturday night for two performances. She will receive the comedian of the year award the day before, awarded by the Just for Laughs festival.

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