I first met Amy Schumer almost six years ago when she came in to audition for the role of Shoshanna on Girls (trivia deep dive! Wild!). Everyone in the room was stunned by the detail and skill of her improv, the wild talent radiating off her (and I was personally intrigued by her breasts). It was clear Amy wasn't meant to play an innocent Juicy Couture lover obsessed with emoji — even if her Meatpacking District club lingo was the funniest shit I had ever heard. But when she left the room, the vibe was very "Someone give that lady a show, STAT!"
A year later we couldn't get her off our minds and asked Amy to come back and play a pivotal role as the protective best friend of Adam's new GF, a lady with a penchant for gold lamé and verbal threats. Our entire crew was in stitches, even if she was just dancing across a background shot. There was also something so tender about her portrayal. Between scenes, on the steps of a trailer in Fort Greene, Amy told me in hushed tones about the pilot of Inside Amy Schumer. She said she was nervous, but it was impossible for me to believe her — after all, she was the definition of power and command. I wanted to get inside her purse and have her carry me around and just watch her do it all through a peephole.
I didn't have to get inside her purse to see, because she's done it like a fireworks display: urgent, beautiful, impossible to look away from. It would be easy as pie to write an ode to what Amy Schumer has done for comedy over the past five years, for storytelling and for the grand old cause of feminism. She's made issues our foremothers fought in vain to bring to popular attention into an easy part of our national vocabulary, all the while causing us to spit milk from our noses with giddy laughter. She's asked tough questions and never shied away from the answers. But I feel way more equipped — and excited — to explain who Amy is as a friend, and that's exactly who every woman who connects with her work hopes she would be. She is fiercely loyal, as protective as any Long Island soccer mom, as loving as a hospice nurse. She's the person holding the cup of water at the end of the marathon, because she knows what hard work and tough times look and feel like. Somehow, despite touring nonstop and making action movies with Goldie Hawn and writing a poignant yet shockingly amusing book (The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo, now a #1 bestseller) she finds time to answer every text and make the women who love her feel like they are invincible. I am so deeply lucky to be one of those women. I would fellate the whole cast of Duck Dynasty if it meant keeping Amy safe, and I know she'd do the same for me (though neither of us want to AT ALL).
As we chatted, I was so happy to be on Skype with Amy that at times this ceased to be an interview. I just gazed happily at her as she enjoyed several varieties of soup in a raccoon printed sweatshirt. Good thing she doesn't need a journalist in order to drop the knowledge.
Lena Dunham: Wait, I'm trying to video you, but I can't.
Amy Schumer : Oh, I can see you.
LD: The idea that you can see me and I can't see you is bone-chilling, but also kind of fun. So you did Howard Stern yesterday.