According to fans and critics alike, Amy Schumer is single-handedly changing the face of comedy with her raunchy, feminist, too-much-information brand of humor. Epically unafraid and completely unwilling to tone it down, this 35-year-old powerhouse is one of America’s must-experience comedians.
Fresh off an American tour, Schumer just announced her plans for a worldwide one, which kicks off in Dublin later this summer. Outside of standup, Schumer is best known for her Emmy-winning show Inside Amy Schumer and her laugh-a-minute film Trainwreck. The next season of the show is a ways away, but diehard groupies rejoice: Schumer’s memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, is coming out August 16, and it promises to tell all. Here are five reasons we can’t wait to get between its sheets.
For the Oh-No-She-Didn’ts
Whether she’s discussing her latest gynecological appointment, sexual escapade, or what let a cab driver do to her one time, rest assured that Schumer, renowned queen of oversharing, won’t hold back. Interested in the explicit minutiae of Schumer’s private life? The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo won’t be laden with cliffhangers, symbolism, or metaphors; expect blunt, in-your-face, and page after page of: “Did she really just say/admit/confess THAT?!”
For the Feminism
Can incisive feminism and brash comedy go hand in hand? Schumer certainly thinks so, and is using her unorthodox slant to shine a bright light on women’s issues, from rape, glass ceilings, and body image to general notions of how women should behave (which, in Schumer’s opinion, is however they damn well want to, including airing your dirtiest laundry at uptight baby showers if you find yourself super bored and out of Chardonnay).
For the Inside Deets on Inside
Few of us can get enough of Schumer’s show, Inside Amy Schumer. The sketches are spot-on and timely. They’re unapologetic and groundbreaking. They are produced to stun and shake up and slay. We hope to hear more about how Schumer and crew go about putting together such a sensational production. We’re counting on this book to teach us more about the inner workings of Schumer’s mind, and how she and her adored sister, coproducer Kim Caramele, keep their writing frank and fresh and their relationship solid.
For the Person, Not Just the Persona
Schumer admits she has not only adopted the “drunk slut” persona, but she’s run with it. It’s an honest part of herself that she’s spent years embellishing and spotlighting onstage, because crowds not only love it, they relate to it. But in interviews and in actual life, Schumer is much more multidimensional. We’re hoping her memoir is full of all the things that make Amy not just funny but real, like her loyalty to her high school posse of gals; her take on her alcoholic, MS-battling father; her love of Joan Rivers, Hillary Clinton, and gun control; and the other half of her girlmance, Jennifer Lawrence. And maybe (please, please?) even something about her boyfriend, furniture maker Ben Hanisch.
For the One-Night Stand
And finally…an excerpt from Schumer’s memoir recently ran in an issue of Vogue, and it detailed her one and only one-night stand. (Yes! You read that right: her one and only one-night stand!) Trust us: this singular, monumental event is reason enough to buy The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Why? It stars—brace yourselves—A BRITISH MARINE.
Need we say more?
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo hits shelves August 16, and is available for pre-order now.