She's a successful funny girl on cable TV as well as stand-up. Now Amy Schumer is bringing her provocative brand of comedy to the movies. Mo Rocca has our Sunday Profile:
"Sex is just explained incorrectly to us. It's like everything -- magazines, sitcoms. Men 'love' sex, and women just deal with it."
Rocca asked, "Why is sex such great source material?"
Because, Schumer replied, "it's an opportunity to be really honest about something that a lot of people aren't being open about.
"If you can be that honest about something that's so seemingly forbidden, 'cause that's when the most ridiculous stuff happens. It's such a weird thing."
Amy Schumer will tell you exactly what's on her mind, as she did recently at a sold-out show at New York's Beacon Theater.
"I'm a good person. I swear to God. I adopted a rescue pug this week. No, wait, I'm sorry, I bought a pair of Uggs!"
In just the past few months, things have changed so much for her. "Totally. I've been, like for eleven years, just little steps. But now it feels like I went from this one level [of recognition] and took a giant leap."
Now she's starring in a movie she wrote, "Trainwreck." Schumer plays "Amy," a girl who really doesn't seem to want to settle down. Her love interest is played by Bill Hader.
"Your character is behaving in a way that we expect guys to behave," said Rocca. "Is that intentional?"
"No, that's never occurred to me," she said. "It's not a role reversal in my mind. Girls have this reputation for, like, being crazy and 'Marry me!' right away. And I don't know any girls like that, actually. I know it exists. But for me with dating, it's like, you go out with someone and you're like, 'No, didn't really feel right. Guys become the crazy texter."
The dynamic in the movie, she says, is true to her experience.
How men and women actually see each other provides plenty of the material for her Peabody Award-winning TV series "Inside Amy Schumer":
Jury Foreman: "Let's take another vote: If anybody thinks that Amy Schumer shouldn't be on the TV because she's not hot enough, for whatever reason? And those who think that she is hot enough?"
Juror 2: "Has the world gone mad? This girl thinks she deserves to be on camera? She's not a 10!"
Juror 3: "Maybe you're not a 10, either!"
The sketch show, on Comedy Central, can be sometimes silly, sometimes raunchy, but it's almost never just that. Some of the show's topics sound like the farthest thing from funny.
Take the incidence of rape by student athletes. The show dealt with that issue in a pitch-perfect parody of the football drama, "Friday Night Lights":
Player 1: "But coach, we play football!"
Coach: "My team, my rules. You don't like it, don't let the door rape you on the way out."
Player 1: "Can we rape at away games?"
Player 2: "What if it's Halloween, and she's dressed like a sexy cat?"
Player 3: "What if she thinks it's great, but I don't?"
Coach: "Still no."
Player 4: "What if my mom in the DA and won't prosecute? Can I rape?"
Coach: "No, you cannot! ... How do I get through to you boys that football isn't about rape? It's about violently dominating anyone that stands between you and what you want."
"The statistics on girls getting raped in college is unreal," she said. "You know, it's horrible.
"We think this is funny, and also maybe a girl will see this that this happened to and she'll feel less alone. Maybe a guy sees it and think, 'Oh that joke where she said, It's not cool if the girl was sleeping, and it's not cool if I film it' -- you know, maybe that'll get in there."
"You're perfectly fine with your comedy being labeled feminist?"
"If I'm preaching for women's equality, then sign me up," she said. "It's so crazy that people don't identify as feminists. I think it's only people that don't know the definition."
Lest you think the show just beats up on the boys, it's Schumer who is actually the butt of the joke, playing sad sack and soused with equal relish.