This feels like having brunch with your tired, pregnant friend.
Amy Schumer, the only comic to rise from runner-up of Last Comic Standing to Peabody-winner, has returned with a new comedy special Growing.
Schumer joins a niche group of female comics to film their specials while pregnant, tackling wives' tales and Mother Hen bullshit with the same NSFW realism as comedians like Ali Wong and Christina Pazsitzky. But put aside the biological horror of hemorrhoids and something called hyperemesis gravidarum (a pregnancy complication that gave Schumer chronic nausea and violent vomiting), and Growing is a dull retrospective of Schumer's takes on being a mid-30s female in the spotlight who, despite her high self-esteem, occasionally "looks like Trump."
That line, in particular, is from one of the special's standout bits. Schumer addresses the milestones she's reached since her last special in 2017, including marriage to her husband, chef Chris Fischer, and her first five months of pregnancy (because she's "growing" as a person—get it?). She describes her husband's diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder with sincerity and sarcasm, from poignantly asserting that "all of the characteristics that make it clear he's on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him" to critiquing an unflattering painting her husband made of her.
Other highlights include Schumer mocking her arrest in Washington, D.C. while protesting Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation. In comparison to her fellow protestors, including supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, Schumer describes her greatest concern about being arrested as a fear of being hungry. She recounts the Capitol police approaching and her group chanting, "No justice! No peace!" while she recalls "just ramming snacks [into her] mouth."
Still, Schumer's bread and butter remain the same: mocking porn, periods, and politicians. Does her personal tampon size constitute appropriate women's locker room talk? Why is "gag porn" so popular? Is Lindsey Graham the best girlfriend to dish to about mammograms? Adding pregnancy jokes to the mix, Schumer backflips between flippant irreverence and moralism about gender differences without adding any new perspective or insight.
Combined with the token self-effacement of her Hollywood unapproved body type (when describing herself in lingerie, she says, "Oh...this isn't for everybody"), Schumer's special speaks of weariness with her own shtick. She acknowledges, "I'm contractually obligated to be out here, guys. I'm not like, 'I don't care, the show must go on.' I'm like, 'I will be sued by Live Nation.'"
With her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer still on indefinite hiatus, Schumer's Peabody- and Emmy-winning material is also frozen in time. The mixed signals of promoting inclusive body-positivity and having elite, model friends have turned off some of her fanbases, especially since her brand is one based on relatability. But Amy Schumer's sketch show and early stand-up have proven that she can be funny; it's her career-long flip-flop between a NSFW housewife and a political commentator that confuses us and fatigues her style.
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If you're mad because "Batwoman was never black," there's something you need to know...
TV's newest incarnation of Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, is Black.
The CW's Batwoman has always had a progressive streak. In the first season, Orange Is the New Black alum Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin who dons the Batwoman cowl to protect Gotham City. Just like every other superhero show, Kate's romantic life factors into the plot. Unlike the rest, however, Kate is an out lesbian, making her the first leading lesbian superhero in television history.
But after the first season, Ruby Rose announced that she was leaving Batwoman for unspecified reasons, allegedly related to burnout from the ridiculously long work hours required from a superhero series lead. This meant that in order for Batwoman to continue, the CW would need a new star.
Enter Javicia Leslie, former co-star of CBS comedy-drama God Unfriended Me. Prior to Leslie's casting, fans of the show wondered how Batwoman might handle the transition of actresses. Would Kate Kane just look completely different in season 2 with no canonical explanation?
Nope. As it turns out, Javicia Leslie's Batwoman will be an entirely new character: Ryan Wilder.
The rocker celebrates his 45th birthday today
Jack White almost became a priest.
But then again, did he? The iconic rocker has regularly beguiled the press. "I'd got accepted to a seminary in Wisconsin," he told 60 Minutes Mike Wallace back in 2005 in what seemed like a moment of genuine candor. "At the last second, I thought, 'I'll just go to public school."
Whether you believe that story or not, the blues-rock polymath, who turns 45 today, has led an undeniably punk life and crafted some of the most sacred rock music in history. Two decades after The White Stripes' self-titled debut, Jack White has remained purposefully slippery with the public. He told publications that he and Meg White, his then-wife and White Stripes-cohort, were the youngest of ten siblings and claimed that his label, Third Man Records, used to be a candy company, among other outlandish claims.