Standing O’ for Schumer
When alum and comedian Amy Schumer returned to Towson Thursday, she arrived a little richer and just as ballsy as ever to a sold-out Stephens Hall Theatre. The 2003 alum of the Department of Theatre Arts, whose show, “Inside Amy Schumer,” premiered on Comedy Central April 30, 2013, walked on stage to a standing ovation at the Towson stop of her “Inside Amy Schumer’s Back Door” tour. Towson’s Campus Activities Board, the Center for Student Diversity and Hillel sponsored the show.
“[The audience] should expect adult material, they should expect to laugh, and yeah that’s it,” Schumer said of her tour. “Don’t sit next to anyone that you’re not comfortable with.”
Schumer’s performance, like her TV show, was filled with crude humor, from her descriptions of sex from a woman’s perspective to her retelling of her encounter with the largest penis she’s ever seen. But, she also tailored her performance to her alma mater, including a number of jokes and anecdotes about her time at Towson.
“It’s like a good feeling [to perform at Towson],” Schumer said. “It’s fun to talk to an audience where you really know what they’re going through and where they’re coming from.”
Schumer poked fun at her former residence hall, Tower D, recounted being robbed every way imaginable in Baltimore, and mentioned that Towson gave her both a great education and HPV. But, Schumer said that wasn’t all she got from Towson.
“Just going to college, it’s like a time in life where there’s so much drinking and promiscuity, and that’s a big part of who I am,” Schumer said. “So I would say Towson helped me in getting to figure it out and have fun and be a normal girl in college but then also get really serious about performing going into my junior and senior year.”
Sophomore art education major Abigail Drechsler decided to attend the show after seeing Schumer guest star on the HBO show “Girls.” After Schumer’s stand-up performance, Drechsler said she is more inclined to watch “Inside Amy Schumer.”
“I’m really glad she talked about Towson,” Drechsler said. “I was worried she wouldn’t change her routine but I appreciated her emphasizing her time here.”
On stage, Schumer discussed how much has changed in her life since her time at Towson. The first season of “Inside Amy Schumer” debuted to the largest ratings of any Comedy Central original, over 3 million total viewers, according to TV by the Numbers. Her show was renewed for a second season, which will premiere April 1. In addition, Schumer will star in a movie directed by Judd Apatow that will be released summer 2015. According to Vulture, Schumer wrote the film, entitled “Trainwreck.” But despite Schumer’s success, she isn’t any less accessible, Taylor Brown, a freshman mathematics major, said.
“The Towson jokes were hilarious and relatable to all of us,” Brown said.
Brown said he is a passionate Amy Schumer fan and was excited to hear she was coming to Towson.
“Amy Schumer is one of the funniest people on the planet,” Brown said. “The show was amazing and I’m so glad I got to see her live.”
Director of CAB Chad Nazworth said that Amy’s stand-up show at Towson varied from her other shows.
“From what I’ve heard, this is the first time she’s had so much Towson content,” Nazworth said. “It allowed the audience members, the students and young alumni, to relate to her, like when she talked about going uptown.”
Nazworth said the show sold out Friday, Feb. 28, filling all 680 seats in the Stephens Hall Theatre. Performing in sold-out venues and theaters makes this tour stand out, Schumer said.
“It’s gone from really tiny, sh*tty comedy clubs, which are great too, to now these big, beautiful theaters that seat like thousands of people,” she said.
And all jokes aside, Schumer said she was happy to share her success with Towson students. As someone who is living her dream, Schumer said that college students should not back down from their goals.
“Don’t get stuck in some idea of what you thought your life was supposed to be,” Schumer said. “But instead be open to it changing so that you can find what you really love to do.“