Go deeper Inside Amy Schumer as the hit show returns for its fourth season of too-real comedy. Whether it’s dating, body shaming or any other hot-button issue, Amy Schumer is on top of it with fearless sketches, stand-up, and on-the-street interviews.
What is there left to say about Amy Schumer, other than Amy Schumer is Amy Schumer? There seems to be some sort of consensus that everyone is over Amy. Amy is now pedestrian, no longer comedy’s “it girl,” due to her reaching the next level of fame via her 2015 movie hit “Trainwreck.” She’s outgrown her just-a-regular-girl-don’t-give-any-f**ks shtick and therefore she is no longer relatable as she had been in previous seasons of “Inside Amy Schumer.” While I cannot really comment on her relatability or level of “funny” in previous seasons of the sketch comedy show, I can, however, foresee Schumer taking the sad path of Melissa McCarthy, churning out regurgitated material flick after flick. But that doesn’t really matter right now. What matters now is whether or not “Inside Amy Schumer: Season 4,” fulfilled its purpose. Was it funny? And the answer is both yes and no.
There’s a redundancy, a wistfulness, that resonates throughout much of the show. A lot of it simply just falls flat. It’s not that it’s not funny at its core, but rather audiences are numb to it now. It feels overdone and lazy. The term “coasting” comes to mind. But not all of it is ineffective.
A couple of episodes come to mind, the first is “Welcome to the Gun Show,” where Amy is an infomercial salesperson pedaling the ease of acquiring firearms. Sales soar and gun mishaps happen. It’s a smart commentary on the hot debate on gun control in America, and it’s funny. Most of Schumer’s more political sketches are smart and definitely funny, I just wish there were more of them.
Other funny moments include Schumer getting a part on the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones,” and is thrown off her game by having to interact with a horse, or “a furry dinosaur.” It’s a good piece of physical comedy that turns to commentary on how GoT resorts to furious incest sex. And then there is also the Liam Neeson sketch. Neeson happens to be a funeral director who will only bury those who did not die a coward, and it had me dyin’.
The last episode, “Rubbing Our Clips,” is a reunion recap of episodes hosted by Andy Cohen via Real Housewives style. This episode was a personal guilty pleasure because I eat up the whole Housewives franchise, and Schumer recreated the vibe of the reunion with her co-stars, perfectly. That surely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was definitely mine. “Inside Amy Schumer: Season 4” was funny enough. When she’s good she’s good and the rest of time she’s coasting on rehash.
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