I have admittedly, a lot of famous crushes. There are of course the Chris’s: Hemsworth and Evans, Miles Teller, Jimmy Fallon, the Pillsbury Dough Boy (no judgment, people) and my newest celebrity crush: Amy Schumer.
Amy Schumer burst onto the scene back in 2012 when she won fourth place on the NBC show Last Comic Standing, and went on to land numerous roles on TV shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Girls. It wasn’t until her hit sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central–which is now awesomely in it’s second season– that she really became more of a well-known name. She even wrote and is starring in what is sure to be the HIL-ARIOUS blockbuster of the summer, Trainwreck which also features funny man Bill Hader.
*I may or may not have watched the trailer for this movie 456 times. Okay. 457 times.
I remember watching Amy on Last Comic way back when and thinking to myself, now that girl is funny. Like she’s really, really funny. She’s not just one of the most talented female comics out there, but she’s one of the most talented comics period. She’s a woman who is breaking barriers and glass ceilings, following in the footsteps of some of our other favorite funny ladies,Tina and Amy P. who have also helped to pave the way for female comics everywhere. That in and of itself deserves the most epic high-five and bear hug ever.
Beyond being just pee-your-pants spot on with her humor, Amy Schumer is someone who I think girls and guys alike just want to know, to be friends with, to kick back on a Friday night watching reruns of Seinfeld while drinking margheritas with. She is real. She is honest. She is kick-ass personified.
One of the reasons why Amy is girl-crush status worthy in my eyes is the incredible voice she gives to people who may feel insecure, torn down or unsure of themselves. Amy somehow manages to maintain the perfect balance of vulnerable and fearless, poignant and silly, honest and completely unapologetic. She isn’t afraid to tackle hard topics like she did in this amazing Friday Night Lights spoof, raising awareness of serious issues in the best way possible: through humor.
The following 10 quotes from my ultimate girl-crush prove just how awesome-sauce Amy Schumer really is.
1.”The moments that make life worth living are when things are at their worst and you find a way to laugh.”
2.“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”
3.“I feel very comfortable in my own skin. When someone makes jokes about me being heavy, it makes me mad. It’s not true. I’m right where I should be.”
4.“Boxing is like stand-up. Getting hit in boxing really made me feel stronger as a stand-up, because it’s like having your worst fears happen to you. That gives you power, because you’re no longer scared of it happening anymore. You got hit, and it hurt, but you’re okay.”
5. “I may sound like a megalomaniac, but I feel like I’m equipped to become a great, memorable comedian, if I keep working my ass off and staying at the pace I’m at, and I feel a responsibility to do that because of the women who have done it before me, and the ones who need to do it after me.”
6. “I just say what I think is the funniest thing I could say. I’m not trying to make headlines. I’m just trying to say the stuff that I think is funny and will make people laugh.”
7. “I wrote an article for Men’s Health and was so proud, until I saw instead of using my photo, they used one of a 16-year-old model wearing a clown nose, to show that she’s hilarious. But those are my words. What about who I am, and what I have to say? I can be reduced to that lost college freshman so quickly sometimes, I want to quit. Not performing, but being a woman altogether. I want to throw my hands in the air, after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, ‘All right! You got it. You figured me out. I’m not pretty. I’m not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice…. All my self-worth is based on what you can see.’ But then I think, Fuck that.“
8. “I am a hot-blooded fire and I am fearless.”
9. “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say.”
10. “Now I feel strong and beautiful. I walk proudly down the streets of Manhattan. The people I love, love me. I make the funniest people in the country laugh, and they are my friends. I am a great friend and an even better sister. I have fought my way through harsh criticism and death threats for speaking my mind. I am alive, like the strong women in this room before me.”