Amy Schumer Show Is Only Getting Better, Smarter

Critics favor the word 'subversive' for season 3
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2015 1:48 PM CDT
Amy Schumer Show Is Only Getting Better, Smarter
Host Amy Schumer speaks at the MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre on April 12, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

The third season of Inside Amy Schumer has begun on Comedy Central, and most critics think the comedian has raised her game even more. Some examples:

  • Amanda Hess, Slate: The show's already-viral video, "Milk Milk Lemonade," is a great intro into the season. It parodies the booty fetish of music videos, while reminding guys that what they love to gaze at also "is where the poop comes out." The video "is at once scatological, sexy, and subversive—exactly the feminist flavor that’s made Schumer’s Comedy Central sketch show a hit even among the network's target demo of young men."

  • Brian Moylan, Guardian: Schumer "seems intent on taking down the way that Hollywood treats women—hilariously," he writes. She takes on everything from boy band music, to no-makeup ad campaigns, to police shows. "In each case, she’s not just making fun of their absurdity, but showing how they are harmful to women. Just as she’s being embraced by the establishment, she’s still wittily trying to take it down—even if none of the other sketches have a tune as catchy as Milk Milk Lemonade."
  • Don Kaplan, Daily News: Schumer as feminist icon? "Blah, blah, blah." Schumer is great because she's funny, period. "If that makes her a feminist leader to some, fine. But that says more about people needing some kind of hero than it does about the hero herself. Schumer is one of the most powerful voices in comedy because of her talent, not her treatises."
  • Schumer buzz: Schumer had a memorable appearance on Letterman, notes Jezebel, on the heels of her memorable hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards; her show just won a Peabody; and she'll star this summer in Trainwreck, which she wrote and which will be directed by Judd Apatow.
(More Amy Schumer stories.)

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