Amy Beth Schumer, the creator, co-writer, co-producer, and the star of the most popular sketch comedy series “Inside Amy Schumer,” was born on June 1, 1981 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. With a degree in theater from Towson University, and two years of training from the William Esper Studio, she first performed at Gotham Comedy Club on her 23rd birthday. Here are 30 little known facts about the stand-up comedian:
She has a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination to her name, for her work in the 2015 comedy film "Trainwreck," which was the first film she wrote.
Schumer was listed as one among the "100 Most Influential People," by Time magazine in the year 2015.
She donated all the money she earned for her role in the movie "Thank You for Your Service," to army war vet foundations, in the year 2017.
She made an appearance at a press conference on August 3, 2015, with her distant cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, in support for proposed legislation to strengthen background checks for gun purchases. In the conference she also voiced support for more funding for mental health treatment.
In the "Amy Schumer: The Leather Special ," her first Netflix special, the words "In memory of Mayci & Jillian," flash in the last moments, which is a dedication to heartbreaking murder of two young women - just 21 and 33 respectively in the July 2015 mass shooting during the screening of "Trainwreck."
Following her graduation, she moved to New York with the aim to become an actress. She tended bar and waited tables while she auditioned for various roles, before making it big.
In September 2015, she performed as opening act for Madonna on three New York City dates as a part of the singer's Rebel Heart Tour.
Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on "Inside Amy Schumer," and won the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Award in 2015.
While penning the script of "Trainwreck," she wrote down the every LeBron James scene down to the exact type of Tom Ford suits he would be wearing, in an effort to get James to accept the role.
Her memoir titled "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo," published on August 16, 2016, held the top position on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for two weeks in the next month.
Schumer, at one point of time, dated professional wrestler Nick Nemeth, famous by his ring name Dolph Ziggler. Following the separation with Ziggler, she dated comedian Anthony Jeselnik.
On March 3, 2011, she made an appearance in the episode #154 of "WTF with Marc Maron," a weekly podcast. During the episode, she revealed a lot about her early life and even discussed about it in detail.
The "Trainwreck" movie's director Judd Apatow, first contacted Schumer to talk about the movie, after he heard interview on the "Howard Stern Show," in which she was discussing the troubles of her father's multiple sclerosis in such a funny and intimate way.
In the year 2012, she starred in three movies - "Price Check" an independent comedy, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," a comedy-drama, and another independent comedy movie "Sleepwalk with Me."
In November 2015, she posed nude for the 2016 edition of the Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. She tweeted her photo with the words "Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you."
While filming of the 2017 movie "Snatched," She along with her co-star Wanda Sykes performed several "pop-up" shows in Honolulu, during their breaks, with all the proceeds going to charity. Their shows were announced every morning and within a matter of hours, they would have it sold out.
From the age of 13 to till her 23 years, she claims to have kept detailed journals of every day of her life, which she used as a source to much of the material used in her 2016 book "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo."
In January 2016, fellow comedians Tammy Pescatelli, Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, and Patrice O'Neal accused Schumer of stealing their jokes. However, she vehemently denied the allegations, and was supported by other comedians including Marc Maron and Dave Rubin.
Later, talking about the allegations, Tammy Pescatelli apologized to her stating that the accusations had "gone too far." In a similar situation, Wendy Liebman claimed that she believed that she and Schumer had engaged in parallel thinking.
During the screening of her movie "Trainwreck," at a Lafayette, Louisiana multiplex, a 59-year-old man killed two people and wounded nine others before turning his gun on himself and taking his own life, on July 23, 2015.
She started dating a Chicago furniture designer Ben Hanisch, in late 2015. The duo revealed about their relationship in January 2016. However, nearly a year and half later, Schumer's representative revealed that the relationship ended in May 2017.
She claims actress-producer Goldie Hawn, to be "one of her complete heroes." Her favorite comedians include Judy Gold, Jessica Kirson, Wendy Liebman, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho and Ellen DeGeneres.
She wrote the script of the movie "Trainwreck," with Judd Apatow as director in mind, and admitted to have written in things that she knew would attract him to the project. The original draft of the movie was written in just over a month and half.
In August 2015, it was reported that she along with the actress Jennifer Lawrence and her younger sister Kim Caramele, have planned to co-star in a film, and that the three are co-writing the screenplay.
She has often been praised for addressing various social issues through comedy. However, there have been also various criticisms like Monica Heisey of The Guardian criticized her for "a shockingly large blind spot around race," in June 2015.
She went to South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, where she was voted as "Teacher's Worst Nightmare," as well as "Class Clown," upon graduation in 1999.
For the montage of moments in which her character is seen having a series of one-night stands, originally the producers wanted it to have been from her point of view on the bed, with guys on top of her. However, Schumer convinced them the other way, as the original idea would make her character look slutty.
Her sketch comedy television series "Inside Amy Schumer," has been met with generally positive reviews since its premiere, and was renewed for its fifth season, on January 2016. The series was also honored with a Peabody Award in 2015.
She was named to the Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People" list in the year 2015, along with fellow comedian Tracy Morgan.
Schumer has a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical nomination to her name, for her role in the comedy film "Trainwreck."