There is no doubt that Amy Schumer is the ‘it girl’ of comedy right now. Her unique combination of fearlessness and sensitivity – not to mention generally unfiltered approach – have made her hard to miss.
With her first movie coming out soon – and her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer regularly spawning viral videos, Schumer has done a sit down with CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood’s Mo Rocca to talk about her life and work.
Check it out on CBS on Sunday, July 5th (9am/8C). For a bit of a preview, follow the jump.
COMEDIENNE AND ACTRESS AMY SCHUMER TELLS “CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD” THAT WATCHING HER FATHER BATTLE MS AND HER PARENTS GET DIVORCED INFLUENCES HER COMEDY AND RELATIONSHIPS TODAY
Watching her father battle multiple sclerosis and her parents getting divorced made comedian and actress Amy Schumer strong and influences her comedy today, she tells Mo Rocca in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast July 5 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Born in Manhattan, Schumer’s family was well-off. But when she was 12, her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The family went bankrupt and then moved to Long Island. Her parents divorced.
“I think it was the divorce and my dad getting sick that were the wonderful gifts that made me the strong angel you see here today,” she tells Rocca, laughing.
She watched as her father’s condition worsened, but also became a caretaker. That experience, however, taught her to appreciate life and have fun.
“I love to laugh. I seek laughter all the time,” Schumer says. “I think that’s something that also comes with having a sick parent is you don’t know what’s going to happen and so I’ll be like, ‘I’m psyched my legs still work.’ And I want to, like, experience all I can and make as many memories as I can.”
That experience also creeps into her dating life, she tells Rocca.
“It affects your relationships for sure. Everybody I meet and I’m like, ‘Yeah, he’s cool, but would, like, would I push him in a wheelchair? You know, would I want him to push me?’ So, yeah, I go there pretty quick,” Schumer says. “Other people are like, ‘Should we go to Hawaii on vacation?’ I’m like, ‘Do I want you to change my colostomy bag? It just changes your perspective.”
Schumer opens up to Rocca about her childhood, her TV series, “Inside Amy Schumer,” and her new theatrical film, “Trainwreck,” which she stars in and wrote. She also talks about her career and explains just how far she’ll go with comedy.
“People will be like, ‘Is there anything you won’t joke about?’” Schumer tells Rocca. “It’s like, yeah, of course. I just want to joke about things that are funny or things that I can help hopefully make some sort of a difference.”