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Cast: Amy Schumer
Writing Credits:

Rated NR.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1/16X9
English Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 440 min.
Price: $8.98
Release Date: 4/7/15

• Stand-Up Clips
• “Behind Amy Schumer” Featurettes
• Unaired Sketches


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Inside Amy Schumer: Seasons One & Two (2013-14)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (February 25, 2021)

Nearly a decade after she started her career as a standup comedian, Amy Schumer made the leap to TV via her Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer. This DVD package includes all 20 of Season One and Two’s episodes. The synopses come from IMDB.


Bad Decisions : “Amy regrets having a one night stand, getting on a plane, and auditioning for ‘2 Girls 1 Cup.’”

That synopsis – and all the write-ups to follow - only includes a smidgen of the episode’s material. In addition to sketches, we see some of Schumer’s stand-up routine as well as “man on the street” chats and an interview with a model.

The sketches fare better than the rest. While we get some amusement from the other elements – especially the standup – the skits become the most engaging parts of the show.

Though these are up and down as well. Most fare nicely, though one about “struggles” – which contrasts life/death experiences with Amy’s privilege – runs too long for its payoff. Still, “Bad” becomes a solid launch to the series.

Real Sext: “Amy tries to figure out sexting, visits a testicle-themed restaurant, and interviews a stripper.”

While the Hooters/Coyote Ugly-influenced “O’Nutters” restaurant feels like low-hanging fruit, it’s still pretty funny, and much of the rest of “Sext” follows suit. The stripper interview sputters, though.

A Porn Star Is Born: “Amy quits her job as a porn star, refuses to accept a compliment, and finds out her boyfriend has AIDS.”

While Inside often dances the fine line between funny and tasteless, the opening sketch about Amy’s date with a guy who has AIDS leans a little too far toward the latter. A couple of sketches show promise – like the title bit, in which we see a 1920s silent movie version of a dirty picture – but most tend to ramble too long in this lackluster episode.

The Horror: “Amy gets a terrible haircut, farts when she gets scared, and makes out with Amber Tamblyn.”

Season One bounces back to a reasonable degree with “Horror”, as it works better than “Born”. The sketch about Amy’s bad perm seems delightfully odd, and a few other bits seem good, though the farting segment flops.

Gang Bang: “Amy hosts her own gang bang, gives her friend a vibrator, and uses cancer as an excuse to cancel plans.”

The titular sketch seems iffy, but the rest of the episode compensates. An odd highlight actually comes from the “man on the street” segment, as Amy does a bizarre and hilarious impersonation of a scene from 1988’s The Accused.

Meth Lab: “Amy tries to maintain her makeover, cooks meth, and gets the food slapped out of her dumb mouth.”

That last skit – “Slap Chef” – borrows from the The Flintstones episode where Fred uses “Food Anonymous” to lose weight. Other aspects of the episode fare better, though the titular redneck-oriented sketch flops.

Unpleasant Truths: “Amy has multiple personalities, loses it on her boyfriend, and gets molested.”

“Truths” offers one of the season’s better episodes. The multiple personalities sketch delights, and though it runs a bit too long, the one in which Amy acts as therapist to guys who want to kill their wives works well. This turns into a solid show.

Clown Panties: “Amy catches her boyfriend cheating, fights an addiction, and roasts a 12-year-old.”

The title sketch seems as dopey as its moniker implies, but other aspects of the episode work better. The “roasting” bit amuses, and for once, the interview segment succeeds, as Amy chats with a six-year-old.

Terrible People: “Amy lies to get out of a charity event, wears a catsuit, and conjures Dave Attell.”

This becomes the second time the show’s dealt with writer Tig Notaro’s cancer, and as in the past, it comes as an opportunity to mock Amy’s self-importance. Predictable though that may be, it amuses, as does Amy’s barbed interview with a guy who works at a religious camp.

Sex Tips: “Amy wakes up in bed with 2 guys, tries to discover the perfect sex tip, and competes on a reality show.”

In addition to Schumer’s usual standup bits, we get an extended stage routine from fellow comic Bridget Everett. This segment seems to last forever and it doesn’t work. Instead, it becomes a drag on an otherwise pretty good show.


You Would Bang Her?: “Amy marries a Black guy, loses a tennis match, and gets herpes.”

Subsequent seasons of Inside featured a fair number of famous guest stars, and that trend started here, with Paul Giamatti as God. I enjoy Giamatti’s presence but overall, “Bang” starts S2 on a mediocre note.

I’m So Bad: “Amy goes to prom, plays a violent video game, and eats a guy's face.”

“Finger Blasters” feels like they lifted it from South Park, but it still entertains. Guest Zach Braff feels out of place, though, especially because Amy barely appears in that sketch. I like Amy’s attempts to “do a good deed”, as it plays into the same theme from the Tig Notaro bits.

A Chick Who Can Hang: “Amy sails to India, flirts with a co-worker, and goes to the can to make some room.”

The title sketch goes down obvious paths, but I like the fast food-oriented spoof of The Newsroom. Throw in the simpy-guy-mocking “Hello M’lady” and this becomes a fairly positive episode.

Boner Doctor: “Amy stays at a luxurious hotel, starts a delusional diet, and gets therapy from supermodel Chrissy Teigen.”

For once, everything about an episode works, as we don’t find a weak link from “Doctor”. Actually, the interview with the weed delivery dude seems blah, but even it doesn’t flop, so this becomes a top-notch show.

Allergic to Nuts: “Amy judges strippers, lands a big movie role, and bangs a magician.”

After the strong “Doctor”, S2 comes back to earth with the much spottier “Nuts”. A few bits work – like Amy’s attraction to a magician – but most of the show falls short.

Down for Whatever: “Amy objects to a wedding, breaks up with her boyfriend, and screams at a turtle.”

Following a good show and an iffy one, “Down” falls between those poles. It doesn’t consistently click but it comes with a higher level of success than “Nuts”.

Slow Your Roll: “Amy meets a skeleton, a few serial killers, and a vulgar interior designer.”

“Roll” adds more guest stars than normal, with names like Kathy Najimy and Janeane Garofalo included. The show seems inconsistent but a few of the skits – like the eyeglasses store for psychos – hit the mark.

Tyler Perry’s Episode 208: “Amy browses her boyfriend's search history, loses what makes her a woman, and has a meltdown on television.”

S2 bounces up a bit here, especially via “The Nurses”, a fun look at the profession. The Tyler Perry parts are less winning, but other segments do better, such as one about “low estrogen”.

Raise a Glass: “Amy competes in a drunk cooking competition, holds a press conference to address a disastrous bachelorette party and delivers a obnoxious wedding toast.”

Expect another pretty good show, especially when we see a press conference about bachelorette parties gone wrong. Amy’s bad maid of honor speech works, too.

Slut Shaming: “Amy meets the press, gets ready for sex, and watches her boyfriend turn gay.”

“Who’s More Over Their Ex?” becomes a highlight, but the rest of the episode becomes spottier. Or maybe I’m just annoyed that Amy makes out Eugene Levy to be the most hideous man ever – and we get stuck with another unpleasant performance from Bridget Everett. It’s a blah finish to the season.

The DVD Grades: Picture B-/ Audio C/ Bonus C-

Inside Amy Schumer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on these single-sided, double-layered DVDs; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. For SD-DVD, the episodes seemed fine.

Sharpness was adequate. For the most part, the shows offered reasonable clarity, but they could veer a bit soft at times.

Minor instances of jaggies and shimmering occurred, and I saw light edge haloes. No source flaws materialized.

In terms of palette, the series opted for fairly natural tones. These came across as decent, though they lacked much vivacity and could be somewhat heavy.

Blacks were pretty dark, and low-light shots came across as acceptably smooth. The programs never excelled but they looked fine within the limitations of SD-DVD.

As for the series’ Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks, they came with a real lack of ambition. Music showed pretty good stereo presence but the soundscape did little otherwise. A few episodes came with some pizzazz but most of the effects come across as monaural.

Audio quality was positive. Speech became the most important factor, and the lines sounded natural and distinctive.

Music was bright and peppy, and effects came across as reasonably accurate. Nothing notable came with the audio, but the sound was acceptable for the series.

A few extras flesh out the set. On DVD One, we find 24 minutes, 17 seconds of Stand Up.

This performance includes the material we see during the episodes. A lot of it appears during those shows, but some unique jokes appear as well.

DVD Two provides five featurettes under the banner Behind Amy Schumer. We find “Go Behind the Scenes with Amy” (5:13), “The Writer’s Room” (4:11), “Amy Goes to Vegas” (5:18), “Making Inside Amy Schumer” (3:11) and “Amy On Stage” (4:10).

Across these we hear from Schumer, comedians Mark Normand, Bridget Everett and Michael Showalter, director Neil Brennan, writers Kurt Metzger, Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan and Jessi Klein, and executive producer Dan Powell.

The featurettes mix glimpses of the production with comedic bits. Though not tremendously informative, the segments become entertaining enough.

DVD Two also provides two Unaired Sketches: “Brother” (4:04) and “Dance Audition” (2:39). The first offers an awkward meeting among a guy, his sister and his girlfriend, while the second shows Amy on her own during a couples tryout. Both are decent but not better.

DVD Three includes one feature: Season Two Standup Clips. Like the S1 reel, this gives us 23 minute, 23 seconds of the comedy also viewed within the episodes. It’s another semi-redundant but fun piece.

Like all sketch comedy series not named SCTV, Inside Amy Schumer displays obvious ups and downs. Still, Seasons One and Two manage a reasonable amount of humor and entertains much of the time. The DVDs offers decent picture and audio as well as a small collection of supplements. Buoyed by the talents of its star, Inside Amy Schumer mostly amuses.

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