What’s missing from our list of 2016’s best shows?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

UPDATED: Kurt Metzger controversy continues, but Inside Amy Schumer isn’t canceled

Kurt Metzger’s a comedian who’s appeared on shows like Horace And Pete and has been a writer on Inside Amy Schumer. But a recent social media blitzkrieg about the UCB in New York has had the unintended effect of revealing that he’s no longer in Comedy Central’s employ. It all started about a week ago, when the word…

An Inside Amy Schumer writer grows into womanhood in You’ll Grow Out Of It

In “Poodle Vs. Woolf,” an essay in Jessi Klein’s highly enjoyable and hilarious debut collection, You’ll Grow Out Of It, the comedian and writer divides women into two categories: women who exist effortlessly within their femininity (poodles) and those who don’t (wolves). Poodles laugh a lot; wolves eat a lot. Poodles…

Inside Amy Schumer focuses on fame because it’s super down-to-earth

A few minutes into “Fame,” Amy Schumer gets two longtime colleagues to confirm her view that “I have always been exactly how I am right now.” That might well be true, but the sentiment is undermined by the half-dozen guest-starring luminaries in this episode alone—pop singers, Oscar nominees, gossip mongers, they all…

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An unfocused Inside Amy Schumer puts its guests in the spotlight

“You seem like you’d be really hard to shock, and I’m definitely not going to try,” Amy Schumer says to her interviewee in “Madonna/Whore”’s installment of “Amy Goes Deep.” Sister Mary Alice, who entered a convent at 18 in 1958, blushes when Amy asks whether she’s “made out” in the intervening years, but she’s…

Amy Schumer rejects photo with fan, is told “it’s America and we paid for you”

People can be really rude to Amy Schumer. That’s the impression given off by a post on Schumer’s Instagram this weekend in which she asserted that a South Carolina resident—later identified as Leslie Brewer—took a photo of her on the street, even after she said no. In the text that accompanied the image, Schumer said…