As Schumer Skyrockets, ‘Inside’ Evolves

Land a Comedy Central series, and you’re bound to be flung into the public eye, even if you’re already an accomplished standup comic. Of course, that’s exactly what happened to Amy Schumer.

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click to enlarge Amy Schumer in “Welcome to the Gun Show”
Amy Schumer in “Welcome to the Gun Show”

Land a Comedy Central series, and you’re bound to be flung into the public eye, even if you’re already an accomplished standup comic. Of course, that’s exactly what happened to Amy Schumer, who in the last few years has catapulted from a promising comedian to a summer blockbuster star and multi-hyphenate wunderkind.

So how has this fame and hyper-attention, for better or worse, affected her wildly popular show Inside Amy Schumer (10 p.m. Thursdays, Comedy Central)?

One element missing is her on-the-street interviews. Homegirl’s too famous for that shit. Seriously: Who would keep calm and cooperate if Amy Schumer walked up asking about embarrassing sexperiences? Instead, she supplements the sketches and live stand-up bits with one-on-one interviews, which are generally just as entertaining.

But with the constant media attention Schumer has garnered lately — her name in a headline is basically click-bait — I wonder if she feels forced into making grand statements on the show. While she’s never shied away from the most controversial issues, last week’s episode — dedicated almost entirely to the topic of gun control — while funny and definitely poignant, felt borderline preachy.

This week, Schumer talks about her “brave” photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz, plus winning Oscars, learning to get what you want and eating pasta out of the trash.

WEDNESDAY 04

The Path (Hulu) – Cal’s decision to take in immigrants invites a media frenzy to the compound, leading the elders — and Sarah — to questions his motives. Elsewhere, Cal learns the truth about Eddie and Alison and leaves Sarah to lead the congregation.

The Goldbergs (8:30 p.m., ABC) – Beverly is disappointed when she gets half-assed “mom coupons” for Mother’s Day, so she cashes in every one she’s ever received.

Empire (9 p.m., Fox) – Andre discovers that his father’s past isn’t what it seems and confronts the family with the truth.

Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) – Clare becomes paranoid that a mole is spying on the company ahead of the upcoming Closet-Con; Mitch and Cam help Luke and Manny execute their “promposals.”

Maron (Season Premiere, 9 p.m., IFC) – In denial about his current situation, Marc is convinced to get help in rehab, where he’s paired up with a young addict roommate he finds annoying.

THURSDAY 05

Real World: Go Big or Go Home (10 p.m., MTV) – Dean celebrates his divorce.

SATURDAY 07

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room) hosts with musical guest Alicia Keys.

SUNDAY 08

The Family (9 p.m., ABC) – As the results of the gubernatorial election come in, Willa reveals another heavy secret to Claire and sets out to get rid of Ben.

Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) – This week’s title, “Oathbreaker,” suggests someone turns back on a promise. Could a certain Lord Commander be free from his Night’s Watch vows due to the recent turn of events? Or is this a play on “Oathkeeper,” the name of Brienne’s sword given to her by Jaime — one of two forged from Ned Stark’s giant Valyrian steel blade?

TUESDAY 10

Fresh Off the Boat (8 p.m., ABC) – Jessica tries to be the fun mom during Eddie’s class field trip to a colonial village, while Emery tries to be the cool kid with help from Louis.

New Girl (Season Finale, 8 and 9 p.m., Fox) – As the wedding approaches, Schmidt reworks his vows. Worried Sam might propose and in need of a diversion, Jess suggests the gang plays their favorite drinking game, True American. At 9 p.m., Schmidt risks missing his nuptials when he goes on a mission to get Cece’s mom to the ceremony.


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