Director: Chris Rock
If you’ve ever wondered whether Schumer actually has the chops – away from her show and various appearances (roasts, talk-shows, podcasts) this is the latest proof, her 65-minute special for HBO filmed in May of 2015 and released at the end of the year.
Of course Amy Schumer’s a comedian with over a decade of experience – and with this set she shows her great skill, timing. The material is (mostly) strong but it’s Schumer’s delivery that sells it. She’s got her voice established and where the Trainwreck film, for me, was a letdown Live at the Apollo caps a huge year; one of meteoric rise for Amy Schumer.
In recent months she’s been the subject of controversy around joke-stealing. A shame that taints this stand-up vehicle. Here she’s on form, it’s a comfortable, easy watch – she makes it seem effortless. That’s no mean feat.
Chris Rock – a guy who knows ‘funny’ – is the director of this special. Her material is in safe hands. But really Rock does nothing more than the standard point-and-shoot, a few crowd shots, lets Schumer’s voice be heard. She’s earned her perch at the top. Previous specials have been strong but this is very good. Not a foot wrong.