With her emotional speech at the Gloria Awards, we saw a new side of Amy Schumer: her heart

Amy Schumer is known for her brash stand up act. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images) Amy Schumer is known for her brash stand-up act. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

I’ve always thought that the real Amy Schumer would be just like the one the comedian has created on stage and TV: brash, crass and a little mean.

Her stand-up persona and the characters on her sketch show, “Inside Amy Schumer,” are so distinctive, it’s hard for me to see Schumer as a normal person, someone with fears and feelings, just like anyone else.

It was, at least, until she gave a speech last week at the Gloria Awards (the transcript went viral on Vulture). In a thoughtful, moving talk about self-confidence, Schumer, 32, recounts how she struggled with her body image in college, until a disastrous one-night stand made her snap out of it.

She left that encounter “grateful for being introduced to my new self, a girl who got her value from within her.”

The speech is the kind of relatable, personal moment that humanizes a comedian, like Stephen Colbert eulogizing his mother on-air, or Tig Notaro revealing to an audience that she has cancer.

Now I know the real person inside Amy Schumer.

“Inside Amy Schumer” airs at 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Comedy Central. Tickets are on sale for her Oct. 3 show at Baltimore’s Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.


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Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.



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