Everything about “Inside Amy Schumer,” the comedian’s new series premiering Tuesday night, follows the network’s letter of the law, combining bits of her stand-up with hit-or-Ms. sketches about sexting, one-night stands, “Two Girls, One Cup,” Hooters and so on — an array of subjects dotted with mold.
“I’m a little sluttier than the average bear,” Schumer tells a comedy-club audience, as a way of launching into a mini-diatribe about how pharmacies make you ask for the “morning-after” pill.
Schumer’s sharpness comes through best in such moments, when she’s in stand-up mode and taking significant risks beyond the genre’s still-customary boundary lines of gender, with such Sarah Silverman-esque observations as “We’ve all been a little bit raped. Just a
?” Meanwhile, her sketches and woman-on-the-street interviews with passersby feel burdened with the task of pleasing a male audience (while enlightening them a scoch). There’s also the unfortunate problem of all that baggage she didn’t pack but is nevertheless required to lug along, each piece of it tagged FEMALE COMIC.
An attempt to skewer the hypocrisy of the Hooters restaurant chain (yes, in 2013) becomes a tepid sketch about a restaurant called O’Nutters, in which Amy’s character brings along a male co-worker to a happy hour where the all-male waiters wear revealingly tight shorts. “Sorry, broham, no beer,” the waiter tells the horrified man. “But we do have skinny-girl margaritas!”
Schumer is at her most funny in segments called “Amy Goes Deep,” in which she interviews other women about their jobs and lives — a stripper, for example. “Does your boyfriend have a pencil beard?” Schumer asks the woman. (No, she replies.) “Does he wear collared shirts with a lot of stripes?” (Uhh, yes.)
IFC’s “Maron” (premiering Friday night) is a sad-sack routine that follows Los Angeles comedian Marc Maron around in quasi-true stories inspired by his dour worldview.
Maron, who in real life had a spotty comedy career in the 1990s, found new purpose several years ago as an appropriately outraged radio host on “Air America” and then as a much-downloaded podcaster, inviting notable guests (Dennis Leary and Dave Foley are two seen here) into his garage studio for rambling and frequently hilarious chats about everything under the sun.