People Feel Very Cozy Inside Amy Schumer

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Is it too soon to ask when a new special or album might be in the works?

Maybe two weeks ago I would have been, "Oh God, don't even ask." But I really do want to do a new special. That's been on my mind. Especially since I was trying to stay away from the material from the first season of my TV show. Then I was asking for audience requests, because people are always like, "Oh, you didn't do that joke! I wanted my friends to hear it!" I think because of the format of the TV show, the standup doesn't stick with you as much. I couldn't really tell you many jokes from Louie, or if [Dave] Attell said something really funny on Insomniac. I would never see him live and think, "You said that on such and such..." So I just only realized that standup's still available to me when I felt like it was burned. So now I'd really love to do a special compiling the standup from the TV show and also new stuff I'm working on just so the standup will live somewhere particular...and then I can die.

How has the new season of Inside Amy Schumer been shaping up?

We just finished editing the season, and I can say that it is so strong. And I think people should watch it with their friends and people they're comfortable with, because we really are making no apologies and didn't stay away from any taboo subjects.

There was the advance sketch preview with Paul Giamatti that made the rounds, where he portrays God as gay.

People are really digging it. We've actually been showing it on the road, and it's been very cool to hear crowds' reactions to it. I know he saw it and loved it, so I couldn't be happier about that. But the guest cameos; we've got Parker Posey, Zach Braff, Josh Charles, Rachel Dratch, all the New York darlings who are my favorite actors. You don't want to send these people a script and have them be like, "Ugh." We really have to come at them with some funny stuff. You have to make it worth people's time.

How did the writing process evolve from the first season to the second?

The evolution of the writing process really was the same. People pitching, then being assigned scenes, and I think that the writers who worked on both seasons would say it felt a little more laid-back. Both seasons were pretty laid-back, but this season I'm not terrified that I'm in over my head. And the writing process is so supportive, where you bring in an inkling of an idea, people pitch on it, then you write a draft, then we punch it up and punch it up. So by the end it's hard to remember really who wrote a lot of scenes because there's such collaboration.

What about it terms of practicality and logistics?

Oh, you know what? That's true. The practicality is definitely something that's changed. Season one I'd be like, "Exterior: Central Park. They're having a picnic." And then when it came time for the production meeting on it, they were like, "Yeah, it's going to be 40 degrees on Tuesday." So this season it's all like, "Interior: Amy sits in a comfortable chair and never moves." You'll see very little movement. But people like action. There's a lot of physical stuff, too. But way more practical physicality...and being comfortable: "Amy drinks real alcohol." But I'm so proud of this season. I really want people to watch it.

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