Amy Schumer To Star in HBO Comedy Special, with Chris Rock Directing

     May 7, 2015


Amy Schumer already provided a revelatory send-up of feminine beauty standards on TV via a very funny parody of 12 Angry Men, featuring the likes of Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, and Dennis Quaid, this week, and she’s clearly not slowing down for anyone. THR reported today that Schumer is set to headline her own HBO comedy special, which will be recorded at New York City’s famous Apollo Theater on May 29th. This follows a string of recent triumphs for the comedian, who recently signed on for a fourth season of Inside Amy Schumer, which already scored her a Peabody award, and is leading Judd Apatow‘s highly anticipated fifth feature, Trainwreck, alongside Bill Hader. Her debut on HBO puts her in the same company as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Wanda Sykes, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis C.K., and Jerry Seinfeld, all of whom have won over audiences through their the pay-channel’s specials.


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Another comedian on that list would be Chris Rock, who filmed three dynamite specials for the pay channel and is now set to direct Schumer’s special for HBO. Rock himself has been on a bit of a roll as of late, receiving largely positive reception to Top Five, his most recent directorial effort, and a series of interviews he gave during the press tour for the film that highlighted Hollywood’s still glaring race problem. He’s also recently served as an executive producer on Eat Drink Laugh, an upcoming documentary on the art and history of comic strips. More importantly, Rock’s particular choice of subject matter and comedic perspective, to say nothing of his history with HBO, make him a perfect match to work with Schumer and help orchestrate her pay-channel debut.