Amy Schumer

Comedy shouldn't bother with barriers, and the New York comedienne Amy Schumer certainly doesn't hold much back. At Bumbershoot last year, she shoved her microphone in my boyfriend's face and asked him, "What's your least favorite race?" (He was rendered speechless; I would've said "the marathon.") After appearing on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Schumer made television history of sorts by becoming the first woman to perform standup on the Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres shows. She's also played guest parts on 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Schumer recently tweeted, "The hardest part about being a female comedian is being asked if it's hard." She finds an admirable balance between being feminine and funny: She recently posed for Cosmopolitan wrapped in a bed sheet with smudgy mascara and bedhead, but the image was for her article "How to Win a Guy Over—How to Get Laid." Her advice included tips like, "Let him know that you don't swallow because of your nut allergy." More recently, at a Comedy Central roast for Charlie Sheen, she deadpanned, "Banging you is on my bucket list. That's a list of guys I would bang if they agree to wear a bucket over their head." ERIN K. THOMPSON

Feb. 16-18, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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