Amy Schumer Gets Busy With Oscar Co-Host Gig and New Hulu Series
February 15, 2022
In the new trailer for her upcoming Hulu comedy series, Jewish superstar Amy Schumer politely tells a doctor she’s had 30,000 drinks, isn’t chewing her food properly, and is heading towards 40. While the doctor simply wanted to know if there was any change in his condition since his last visit, Beth de Schumer gave him the unfiltered take. It’s his style.
“Life & Beth” is just one of the big moves the comedian-turned-actor is making this year. In addition to producing, starring and writing the Hulu spring TV series, Schumer will co-host next month’s Oscars with Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
It will be the first time that three women have hosted the Oscars together and the first time in 35 years that three people have done the honors. It was Schumer who made the official announcement on “Good Morning America” Monday, saying she wasn’t sure who had the idea to have the three hosts for the concert, but that she had movies to watch.
Amy at the Oscars
Hollywood’s chic annual show could use a different energy, though. Coming off its lowest-rated show in its history last year with the pandemic-stricken presentation, a shakeup was in order. Schumer taking the lead this week with the announcement fits in with his go-for-broke style of humor with the worry that will come later.
Schumer arrived in the City of Angels in the early 2000s with a talent and a desire to do stand-up, but eventually found her footing in acting. A series of small roles on shows such as “30 Rock” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” turned into small roles in film. It wasn’t until 2015 that his explosion on the Hollywood scene came with “Trainwreck” by Jewish director Judd Apatow.
Schumer wrote the film and filled the lead role of a character named Amy, who blazes through her 20s and 30s by partying before meeting a good doctor (Bill Hader). In any other filmmaker’s hand game with another star, the movie doesn’t work out so well. Her best work comes with her at the helm.
Dating Amy Schumer
It helps that Schumer’s comedy style is its own thing; cheeky and rebellious without being recycled from older comics. His brand of humor is blunt and relentless, carrying just the right amount of relatable raunch and overwhelming sincerity that makes you think his on-screen personas don’t exist too far from his true self. So much so that she had a TV show called “Inside Amy Schumer” and a short called “Dating Amy Schumer.” But it is not uncommon for an artist to rely on his own personality to produce a comedy; it’s basically a rite of passage at this point.
Schumer’s Jewishness is more unusual. Her father Gordon was born into a Jewish family from Ukraine and Poland while her mother Sandy was born with English and German ancestry among other ethnic backgrounds. Sandy eventually converted to Judaism and Amy went to Hebrew school and celebrated a bat mitzvah. She didn’t get too many opportunities to show off her Jewish family background, but did briefly in last year’s drama, “The Humans.” If this serious role was something of a departure for the entertainer, his new role fits easily into his wheelhouse.
Life and Beth
“Life & Beth,” which co-stars Michael Cera, carries “Trainwreck” vibes — as if Amy from the movie Apatow is now in her thirties and wonders what has happened in the past 10-15 years. After a freak incident, Beth begins to have strange flashbacks to her childhood, moments that try to remind her of who she was and where she needs to be. It’s the exact style of meta-existentialism, with a good dose of Schumer humor, that we could see her adopt after the big success and motherhood (her son, Gene, with her husband Chris Fischer, is now 2 years old and half). Rather, she became fascinated with the idea of how women are viewed and judged in society as they age. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting and hilarious.
The 10-episode series premieres March 18 on Hulu just as the actress turns 41.