Comedy Central may not quite be the cable-channel equivalent of a dude adjusting his junk in the way that, say, Spike TV is, but it’s still generally pretty bro-centric. This is, after all, the same institution that brought us The Man Show and helped convince every college-age guy resting his Oakleys on the brim of a baseball cap to yell “I’m Rick James, bitch!” at any available moment.
That’s what makes Amy Schumer’s success all the more impressive: While you might expect the “ironic Patrick Bateman” stylings of her fellow showrunner (and ex-boyfriend) Anthony Jeselnik to do well among the network’s target demographic, it would have been hard to predict that Schumer’s sketch show would do even better. The first season of Inside Amy Schumer has aired to impressive ratings and appreciative critical murmuring, and its star is already holed up writing season 2. We caught up with her for EW’s New Hollywood Issue and chatted about her newfound success and where she plans to go from here.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Have you found it’s been easier working on the show now that you already have a season under your belt?
AMY SCHUMER: Now I don’t have that first-season anxiety of, “We have to make this good, this might suck.” I just trust myself and the writers and everybody more, and we know everyone all the way down to craft services. I waited tables for a long time, and opening a restaurant always sucked. Did you ever do that?
No. But I’ve eaten in restaurants, so…
You’ve eaten food, right. Being there when a restaurant first opens is so much work, it just sucks. And that’s what it was like. But now it’s a little more relaxed as far as the TV show goes, but what I realized is that when you do something that people respond to well, you get more work. So I have exciting opportunities going on, but that leads to more work and more stress.
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