Another Emmy for Amy Schumer? Reviews are in for HBO’s ‘Live at the Apollo’ special

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Amy Schumer broke through this past summer with four Emmy nominations for her Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” and a win for Best Variety Sketch Series. Next year she could be a contender again, this time for Best Variety Special for her HBO stand-up special, “Live at the Apollo,” which airs on October 17. Does it look like a winner? The reviews are in:

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Mike Hale (The New York Times): “There are comics who inspire more raucous, helpless laughter, but no one has the audience so completely on her side.”

Matthew Gilbert (Boston Globe): “Can you handle Amy in HBO’s ‘Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,’ unrestrained by basic-cable standards and by plot-based scripts? … I hope so, because the special, which is directed by Chris Rock, is funny and, yes, even with the segment about dirty underwear, wise.”

Rob Lowman (Los Angeles Daily News): “That’s what makes her relatable to everyone. While Schumer slyly plays off of her own girly persona, she also is willing to take just enough time to make a joke real – use the ‘cold hard facts,’ as a sports channel says.”

Verne Gay (Newsday): “It’s all standard Schumer stuff, and nothing fans haven’t sort of heard before … ‘Apollo’ reveals her gifts for sharp writing (‘I’m dating an infectious diseases doctor. Two birds’) and her particularly dexterous performance skills. But it’s late in the Schumer Day and there are more Days to come. She’s moved on from this. Hopefully.”

Long before the next Emmys roll around, though, Schumer has a chance to win a Golden Globe for her role in the romantic comedy “Trainwreck,” which she also wrote. As of this writing, she ranks second for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress with odds of 3/1. Do you think she’ll prevail?

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Photo: “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.” Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

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