Amy Schumer Is Making Genius Feminist Comedy (Video)

"It's Season Three, we're gonna do whatever the fuck we want!" And with those words delivered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Amy Schumer laid down the rules for how things will go for the next arc of her popular Comedy Central show. The premiere episode proved audiences are in for a season of comedy that is both funny and unapologetically feminist – proving it can be done – even when it’s making poop jokes.


There’s “Last Fuckable Day,” which brilliantly calls out Hollywood (and pretty much all of society's) ageism against women. The skit features Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who teach Schumer about the titular moment, a coming-of-ageism period when the media decides an actress isn’t “believably fuckable anymore.” (For the record, Schumer says they’d been trying to get this to air since the show began, but had a hard time finding actresses who would agree to appear.) Too many highlights to mention, though an apparently ad-libbed Fey line about “white spiders” coming out of men is an instant classic.

“Football Town Nights,” an obvious spoof of “Friday Night Lights,” is a pitch perfect, laugh-out-loud takedown of rape culture in football. Bonus points for Schumer’s continuously growing wine glass in this one.

“Milk Milk Lemonade” uses the children’s rhyme, but against a glossy, hip-hop video backdrop, to make fun of the current obsession with women’s butts. Sure, it’s one long poop joke—the line “This is where my poop comes out!” literally gets repeated over and over—but it gets the point across. Amber Rose, Method Man and Jemima Kirke all cameo.

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