As a server at Blue Fin restaurant in
"Now we do comedy festivals together," Schumer, 31, said over the phone last month from her hotel room in Las Vegas. "He's someone who, if we're in the same city, we'll get a meal together."
(Oswalt, through his publicist, said he can't recall his earliest interactions with Schumer but imagines she was kind and funny.)
Schumer — whose show Friday at The Vic Theatre is sold out — has risen up the comedy ranks thanks in large part to her ruthless performances in
Schumer has made cameos on hit TV shows such as
What's the best part about having her own show?
"This is so lame, but the truth is this TV show is my dream," Schumer said. "It's like they say in 'A Bronx Tale': 'The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.' This show is everything I have in me. I like to create stuff. I like to express myself through jokes. I get to go all-out on this show. I can't wait for people to see it."
(Her Chicago-based brother — Jason Stein, a bass clarinetist — is also pretty talented. The Tribune named Jason Stein Quartet's "The Story This Time" one of the top jazz albums of 2011.)
Because of her youthful looks and emergence onto the comedy scene, some might be under the impression Schumer hasn't paid her comedy dues. But Schumer, who finished fourth on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 2007, said she has been performing stand-up for eight years and has tasted failure, including writing a pilot for
It was during her national tour with "Last Comic Standing" that Schumer said she suffered one of her greatest disappointments: She lost out on a major role in the critically acclaimed 2008 drama "The Wrestler."
"I made it all the way to auditions in front of (director)
(Asked about Schumer, Aronofsky said through his publicist that he'd never met her, likely because he didn't remember their encounter. "The Wrestler" producer Scott Franklin, however, did remember Schumer auditioning but said she wasn't one of the finalists.)
Still, Schumer is seeing her profile on the rise in Hollywood and admitted the extra attention has taken getting used to. When a fan called out her name as she left her gym in New York, she just assumed it was someone she grew up with and gave the fan a hug. And then there were the paparazzi waiting outside an L.A. restaurant for her, and the autograph hounds with binders full of celebrity photos waiting outside a hotel in Chicago.
Schumer's love life has become a hot topic as well.
"We're still friends and I asked (Ziggler) before I went on if I could talk about it, since I knew Howard would ask. He was totally fine with it," said Schumer, who discussed their sex life on the air. "Afterward, I was like 'Uh, hi. What's up, man?' He was such a good sport. The only thing was that his mom or aunt had listened and he didn't think about that side of it."
But those sorts of comments come as no surprise to anyone familiar with her stand-up. She is very open about her sex life (her Comedy Central special was called "Mostly Sex Stuff" and was the network's second-highest-rated special in 2012) and is very comfortable with her figure.
"I feel very comfortable in my own skin," Schumer said. "When someone makes jokes about me being heavy, it makes me mad. It's not true. I'm right where I should be. But most of all, I don't want other girls to see this and think 'Wait, that's fat?'"
The weight jokes, however, haven't deterred Schumer from wanting to take part in more roasts. She enjoys crafting her insults. Of course, it likely helps that roasts have given her career a boost.
"I recently got to do a show in Atlantic City with
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: The Vic Theatre, 4135 N. Sheffield Ave.