“Stand up you rich mother f^@&ers!” - Amy S.*
If you didn’t know what to expect from Amy Schumer’s stand-up comedy, you found out quickly as she greeted the presumably affluent Newport [RI] crowd on Saturday Night. Schumer does not sugar-coat her language. But for the next hour, no one in the sold-out big white tent at the Newport Yachting Center seemed to mind.
*Article may contain actual bad language.
It’s no secret that a female comedian who uses vulgar language and taboo topics in their act can often face ridicule. Although, as Schumer points out, it is no different than the material used by many of the more popular male comedians of today. But Schumer does have a way of using words like ‘rape’, ‘fuck’, and ‘cunt’ in a way that makes most people want to laugh instead of cringe, despite her gender. She doesn’t often go for the cheap laugh or a simple shocking statement. She’s a mature woman, talking about mature topics. And as she points out in her act, they are all topics that we can all relate to.
She starts the show like a pro by addressing the crowd and teasing them a little. Being in Newport, it was easy for her to find some “...rich looking mother fuckers” who looked like they “...just got off a yacht”. She also spent a few minutes improvising jokes about the scenery around the stage and venue, including the sign for the Newport Comedy Series hanging behind her which according to Amy looked like “...someone’s niece fucking drew it.” Once she transitioned into rehearsed material she spent the first half of her show doing newer jokes. Many of her topics were related to Hollywood, celebrities, and self-image. The thing about Schumer is she is as quick to make fun of herself as she is to make fun of anyone else. Even going as far as to compare her naked body to “...that shit inside of a lava lamp.”
Part of the way through the show a fireworks display began in a nearby marina. They could clearly be heard and seen from the stage. But it didn’t seem to phase her at all. In fact, it gave her a chance to riff a few more off the cuff jokes without it derailing her act. In fact it showed even more that she is a seasoned professional and that not even a bunch of loud explosions could rattle her.
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