Emmy episode analysis: Amy Schumer (‘Inside Amy Schumer’) is totally cool with it

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After earning her first Emmy nod last year for Variety Series Writing, Amy Schumer is back in full force at this year’s Emmys earning four nominations for her show “Inside Amy Schumer.” She’s nominated again as a writer and also for Variety Sketch Series, Variety Series Directing (with Ryan McFaul) and Best Comedy Actress. For the acting category, Schumer submitted the episode “Cool With It” for Emmy consideration.

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The episode opens with a commercial for the Amy Schumer doll and shows two girls playing with the Cabbage Patch-like toy by having the doll drink booze, take Plan B and vomit from being drunk. We then see Schumer doing a stand-up bit about which parts of her body are her best parts. The next sketch sees Amy as an office worker who goes to a strip club with her male co-workers and she is much too eager to show how totally fine she is with everything by buying shots and lap dances for her co-workers. Things get out of hand and Amy ends up burying the body of a stripper one of her co-workers accidentally killed. The next skit has a boy band singing to Amy about how she doesn’t need makeup but when they see what she looks like without it, they start singing about how she actually needs it and help her reapply everything. (The song, “You Don’t Need Make Up,” won the Emmy for Best Music & Lyrics this past weekend.)

In the following sketch, Amy is an average looking detective (“Plain Jane”) in Miami who is able to solve mysteries because no one sees her due to her plainness. The following segment sees Amy as working several jobs to support her unemployed boyfriend who dreams of being a rapper. She works so hard that she ends up in a coma due to exhaustion. While visiting her in the hospital and rapping to her, the boyfriend meets the president of rap music who wants to give him his big break. He breaks up with Amy while she’s in a coma and she subsequently dies. The final bit of the episode features Amy interviewing Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison who believes his website offers women “a road map” on how to avoid being cheated on. Can Schumer become the first actor to win an Emmy for a sketch series outside of the guest categories? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:

Schumer is very popular right now, not only with her television show, but also with the movie “Trainwreck” which she wrote and starred in. Melissa McCarthy was able to ride a similar train to victory for “Mike & Molly” in 2011.

Inside Amy Schumer” received seven total nominations, more than several of the nominees for Best Comedy Series, so the voters are obviously watching it.

Schumer gets to show a good range of comedy from physically getting on the dancing stage in the strip club sketch to insulting someone in a witty way with the Biderman interview.

Sketch series don’t do well outside of the guest acting categories. Several people from “Saturday Night Live” can attest to this, including Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader and Kate McKinnon.

In some sketches, like “Plain Jane” and the rapper sketch, Amy isn’t the one who is doing the things that make you laugh. She’s not even in the opening scene which might confuse some voters.

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