In the past five years, Amy Schumer has gone from relatively obscure stand-up comedian and mainstay of Comedy Central roasts into one of the primary figures in American comedy. Her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer has been critically acclaimed, she wrote/starred in the hit 2015 movie Trainwreck (and has several more films in development), she continues to perform standup comedy, selling out Madison Square Garden last year – and her new book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, comes out this week (at the time of writing this).
One might wonder if Schumer is so busy with all of those things that something may have to give. Schumer herself has now indicated as much, suggesting on her Twitter account that Inside Amy Schumer is closing shop after four seasons.
As reported by Deadline, the tweet came following a protracted controversy involving Kurt Metzger, a sometime writer/producer for Schumer’s show who has become notorious for writing controversial things online, especially about the victims of sexual assault. Schumer, who is an avowed feminist and also has considerable roots in the world of bro-comedy, had been under pressure from her fans to disavow or possibly fire Metzger. She had since posted on Twitter that “I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn’t be more against his recent actions” — and later clarified that Metzger doesn’t work on her show because “We aren’t making the show anymore.”
Whether Inside Amy Schumer is permanently over or just on some sort of hiatus isn’t clear – and at the time of writing this, neither the network nor Schumer had issued any kind of clarification. Schumer’s show had been renewed for a fifth season by the network earlier this year. The series, throughout its run, has provided a great showcase for Schumer to do a lot of the things she excels at: Stand-up, sketch comedy, interviews and even rather sharp satire, as best exemplified in the third season’s brilliant sketch that re-imagined 12 Angry Men as jury deliberations on whether Schumer was “hot enough” to be on TV.
Inside Amy Schumer season 4 was considerably less well-received than previous seasons (despite four Emmy nominations), so it’s possible that Schumer simply doesn’t have the time to commit to keeping the show going strong anymore. For Schumer to end the show now, with a book to promote, a stand-up tour to prepare for and numerous movies in the pipeline, would make a lot of sense.
Still, this isn’t especially good news for Comedy Central right now. The network’s longtime mainstays Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are now gone, while Jon Oliver and Samantha Bee have taken their talents to shows on other networks. Key & Peele are gone too, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore has been canceled and Trevor Noah’s stint in the Daily Show chair isn’t going as well as hoped. A departure of Inside Amy Schumer would deprive the network of another buzzy show, although it still has Broad City, Not Safe With Nikki Glazer, Nathan For You and, of course, South Park.
UPDATE: Schumer has now clarified what the future holds for Inside Amy Schumer via her Twitter account. Here is a compilation of her Tweets on the matter:
#InsideAmySchumer is not cancelled. @ComedyCentral has provided us with a wonderful home and we couldn’t be happier there. I am just touring [and] Doing Standup and focusing on writing more for the next year at least. We are slated for a season 5 but not in the foreseeable future. I’m grateful @ComedyCentral is giving me this time to work on other projects. Now please grab my book #TheGirlWithTheLowerBackTattoo for now[.]
All four seasons of Inside Amy Schumer are available to stream on Hulu. Amy Schumer’s book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, is available now.
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