Judd Apatow And Amy Schumer Putting Their Raunchy Minds Together For New Comedy
Judd Apatowís career has almost always been centered around stand-up comedians. He got his start writing for and producing stand-up comedy specials for Tom Arnold and Jim Carrey, eventually landing writing gigs on the comedian-filled The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show (Hey now!). His latest project is calling back to those origins, as Deadline reports Apatow and Universal Pictures have optioned an untitled screenplay from popular comedian Amy Schumer, who will also play the film's lead role. As someone who loves Schumerís always-interesting approach to raunchy humor, Iím pretty jizzed, er, jazzed for this project.
Unfortunately, we have no idea what kind of a movie this is going to be beyond an R-rated comedy. Apatow, who will be producing through his Apatow Pictures imprint, is working with Schumer in developing the scriptís story. Given Apatowís penchant for collaborating on high-concept comedy projects that he isnít directing - including Walk Hard and Pineapple Express - thereís no telling where this story could go. Given heís already covered the actual process of performing stand-up comedy in 2009ís Funny People, I doubt the film will go back to that well.
If youíve paid attention to Comedy Central in the last two years, thereís no possible way you wonít recognize Schumerís face and brand of comedy. She got her break during the 2007 season of Last Comic Standing, and had her own Comedy Central Presents special in 2010. But it was her biting wit in some of the Comedy Central Roasts that really put her in the public consciousness, leading to her first one-hour network special, 2012ís Mostly Sex Stuff, which was absolutely amazing. And of course, she now has her own series, the stand-up/sketch mash-up Inside Amy Schumer, which has already been granted a second season coming next year (having earned the highest ratings of the year for the network). Take a look at one of my favorite bits from that show.
Apatow has made a regular habit of taking on projects featuring strong female characters, especially in the last few years, having produced both Bridesmaids and Lena Dunhamís HBO series Girls. I donít think Iím alone in thanking the high heavens that heís chosen to work with Schumer rather than that other raunchy Roast performer Whitney Cummings, whose stand-up special and NBC sitcom Whitney combine to generate less laughs than youíd find at a burn ward.
You can watch Schumerís entire Comedy Central special below. I probably wouldnít watch it at work, though.
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