Amy Schumer is putting her moneymaker where her mouth is. In the second episode of "Inside Amy Schumer's" fourth season, she's taking on gun control, a cause she adopted after two women were killed and nine others were wounded at a showing of her film "Trainwreck" last year in Louisiana. The gunman also killed himself.
The setup for the "Welcome to the Gun Show" sketch: a home shopping network segment that declares itself a gun show to comply with existing laws regarding gun sales. Schumer cheeses it up as a stereotypical shiny blond saleswoman with her co-host Kyle pitching handguns for $39.95 and explaining to some callers — a man with several violent felony convictions and another who says he's on the no-fly list — that if they're buying online or at a gun show, they have nothing to worry about.
(Spoiler — things don't end well for Kyle.)
The sketch has an Easter egg, by the way. Dial the number on the screen — (888) 885-4011 — and you'll hear a message from advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety that ultimately connects you to the office of an appropriate member of Congress after giving instructions on exactly what to say to support gun control. Included is a reminder to say "thank you" before hanging up.
The issue is close to the comic's heart. Schumer tearfully explains in the new Vanity Fair what it was like to hear about the "Trainwreck" shooting last July. She'd missed "a million" calls from her publicist before she finally got in touch, and she intellectually knows that nothing about it was her fault. But ...
"I was laughing before I called her back because I thought it was going to be like a sex tape [had surfaced] or something. So I was kind of laughing. ... And then she told me there had been this shooting. It really … I don’t know. It's like when the 'Dark Knight' shooting happened, and in Paris. The idea of people trying to go out and have a good time — you know, like looking forward to it? — I don't know why that makes me the saddest," Schumer told the magazine.
"So my publicist told me. And then I put on the news. I was by myself in a hotel, and I was just like, I wish I never wrote that movie."
In August, she held a news conference with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, her cousin, and choked back emotion as she spoke out in favor of gun control.
"The critics scoff and say, 'Well, there's no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,' but they're wrong," she said before handing the mic over to the Democratic senator. "There is a way to stop them. Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible."
Schumer isn't one to shy from hot-button issues. Another sketch from this season has her waiting to get a Pap smear, only to find her new OB/GYN is Dr. Congress — a bunch of guys in suits representing the House Committee on Women's Health. We'd share the jokes, but watching is better.
"Inside Amy Schumer" airs at 10 p.m. Thursdays on Comedy Central.