Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3
Created by, Written by, and Starring: Amy Schumer
Anytime anyone shares a video with me, chances are it’s from one of three places: Saturday Night Live, Key and Peele, or Inside Amy Schumer. This woman is one of the most hilarious human beings on the planet! Sadly, I only got on the “Schumer Train” this year, but I will say that it has been a fun ride. And her third and Emmy Award winning season is no exception. Needless to say, I was highly excited to watch and review the season.
Inside Amy Schumer is a comedy sketch show. The show consists of brilliantly written and performed sketches, her stand-up routine that pertains to whatever is going on in the show, on-street interviews with random people, and one-on-one interviews with whomever Amy deems appropriate for the show. Schumer seriously has her finger on the pulse of what is going on in this country and knows how to playfully shove her commentary down everyone’s throats.
We start with one of the strongest episodes in the series, “Last F*ckable Day,” in which Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette guest star. The episode starts with a parody song entitled “Milk, Milk, Lemonade.” Yes, like the children’s chant. The song also features actress/model and all around hot lady, Amber Rose. It starts out innocently enough, and then goes into full out ridiculousness, repeating “This is where my poo comes out!” It mocks the audacity of the “Booty Culture” where we put women’s posteriors on a pedestal… the very part of a woman where her poop comes out. When you look at it that way, we are RIDICULOUS! And this is the first example of how Amy just beat a joke into submission and raises public awareness.
The large bulk of the episode is the “Last F*ckable Day” sketch. Amy is going for a jog in the woods when she happens upon the most magical lunch party ever with Fey, Louis-Dreyfus, and Arquette. They are celebrating Louis-Dreyfus’s last “f*ckable” day… or the last day that Hollywood deems her an attractive actress. Men can be on a respirator and in a wheelchair and still be the attractive leading man, while a woman after a certain age is resigned to playing the mother or the kooky cat lady next door.
Although I hate sticking to just one episode, there’s another sketch in this episode that wasn’t only rip roaringly funny, but one of the most thought provoking. “Football Town Nights” is very obviously a parody of the hit show Friday Night Lights all about a coach of a small town high school football team and his family. Shumer plays a great comedy version of Connie Britton’s character (Britton herself said that she loved the sketch), toting a glass of wine that gets bigger with each new scene. But the heart in the sketch comes from the message. The coach comes in a says to the team, “I have one rule here: No Raping!” To which the boys all start complaining and spouting off “what ifs.” Like “What if she said yes to something else the other day, but no to sex with you?” or “What if my Mom is the DA and won’t prosecute me?” The sketch even goes on to the town shunning the coach and his family (old ladies included) for not letting the boys rape. A more serious version of “Milk Milk Lemonade,” this sketch beats a joke into the ground until it is funny… gets old… and then becomes even more funny. This also puts a light on the ridiculousness of how our culture views rape. How we make exceptions to the rule if they are athletes or if there were extenuating circumstances. Many people were offended by the sketch because they thought that Schumer was making light of a heavy subject, but make NO mistake. Schumer is a pioneer for civil rights. Laughter is sometimes the most powerful weapon that we have.
I could seriously go on and on about every episode, and chronicle everything from her 12 Angry Men parody in which she is barely in the episode but directs, or “80’s Ladies” in which she confronts the Bill Cosby scandals. Honestly, you just need to watch the entire season for yourself because I cannot do what Amy does!
The video is great. In DVD format, I think that the show looks fine. Comedy Central certainly bumped up the budget for the third season. You can see that in everything from the cinematography to the costumes to the special effects. Yes, friends, the special effects. Comedy Central knows that Inside Amy Schumer is one of their top grossing projects and they plan to keep it that way with great visuals.
Obviously, the audio is going to be more of the same. It’s great, it’s great, it’s great. Blah, blah, blah. Didn’t find any flaws. What I do love about this series AND this particular season is it’s infatuation with music. Particularly, the Emmy Award Winning song, “Girl, You Don’t Need Make Up,” which is obviously a parody of the song “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” by One Direction. The song parodies this generation’s obsession with the “perfect natural beauty.” The unattainable beauty who doesn’t look like she’s wearing make-up. Because if you wear too much make-up, you’re trying too hard. But when you’re not wearing any make-up, you look sick, tired, or like a boy. Miss Schumer leaves no social stone unturned.
The Packaging and Bonus Features
The packaging and bonus features are pretty good. The packaging is simple, but appropriate for Amy. The front cover features a picture of Miss Schumer with a circle of butts around her with the letter “A.” Playful, cute, and appropriate for her. The back features more of the same, but just with some stills from the show. The two discs are also lined with the same all around butt theme. The package features an Ultra Violet Download, which allows the buyer to view the series on ANY device. I love it when DVDs and Blu Rays offer this nice little incentive.
The bonus features are good, but not the best that I’ve ever seen. I really appreciated the unaired one on one interviews and the outtakes, but best of all, you get a completely unaired sketch, featuring Jemima Kirke, better known from Girls, as an engagement wedding photographer, who is only there to make your friends jealous. The result is something reminiscent of Austin Powers or Zoolander.
Overall (Not an Average)
I seriously believe that these DVDs are worth the buy. I very rarely say that about any series DVD set. Usually, I want to wait until the special box set comes out to see if there’s better bonus features because in this instant streaming world, it’s all about the bonus features. But with Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3, I can safely say that this is indeed a good buy.