Amy Schumer is a truly funny comedian (always a plus when you're a comedian), who received a lot of national exposure during her time on NBC's season 5 of "Last Comic Standing." Following her placement in the top four of Last Comic Standing, she appeared on Comedy Central's reality spoof "Reality Bites Back," where she finished as the runner-up. You can stay up-to-date on Amy's career at her MySpace page MySpace.com/AmySchumer.
Q: Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
AS: Strong, sensitive, witty.
Q: You list Muppets Take Manhattan as a favorite movie, but why no love for Muppet Treasure Island?
AS: Not a Treasure Island fan.
Q: What was a more enjoyable experience for you, performing on NBC's Last Comic Standing or Comedy Central's zany show Reality Bites Back?
AS: Reality Bites Back was way more fun. Zero pressure and the comics were all soooo great to hang out with. It was so random how people got eliminated that we didn't have to worry about it.
Q: What would people be surprised to learn about the inner workings of Last Comic Standing?
AS: People would be surprised to know that we were sequestered. All staying at a hotel and only allowed to leave with a chaperone. Even the guys who lived in L.A. couldn't leave. So if someone saw us out in L.A. we were all together. So it was like a field trip to do a set at a comedy club or go out to dinner. When people recognized us it was really funny because it was all of us.
Q: If you could have any comedian open for you, who would you choose and why?
AS: I love having my friends open for me. Especially my girlfriends. We have similar sensibilities so I know if they like them they will like me. All the female comics I'm close with have a dark, twisted sense of humor. My favorites are Jackie Monahan, Mara Herron, Nikki Glaser and Lizzy Cooperman. They are all on MySpace as well.
Q: They say that great comedy often comes from painful experiences. With you being a big Mets fan, if the Mets miss the playoffs this year, after completely falling apart last year, can we expect you to take the world by storm?
AS: The Mets have caused me a lot of pain. But like any abusive relationship I will stick with them no matter what they do to me.
Q: Do you have any rituals that you do to get yourself ready before a stand-up routine?
AS: Actually yes, I stretch my legs right before I go on stage. I never thought about it before, but I do. It sort of energizes me and I'm kind of superstitious.
Q: Do you feel that you have to be good at improv to be a good stand-up comedian, or is it more important to just have lots of material ready?
AS: I think it's different for everyone. I have stronger improv skills than material, because I've only been at it for four and a half years. But hopefully they will catch up to each other. I think it also depends on your taste. I like people who are good at improv because their sets seem more natural to me.
Q: What projects are you currently working on, and do you have any stand-up performances upcoming?
AS: I am working on writing my latest article for Cosmopolitan magazine. I just shot two new pilots for VH1 and I am always shooting stuff for Comedy Central. I perform every week all over New York City and I am doing a college tour and a Funny Bone in Bloomington, IN Oct. 15-19th.
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