Bid adieu to Scandal with this montage of Olivia Pope housing big-ass glasses of wine

Managing the interweaving personal and professional scandals of the Washington elite can be a stressful job. But luckily, over the course of Scandal’s impressively bat-shit seven seasons, Olivia Pope has always found time to unwind with an adult-sized afterwork drink. In honor of the recently aired series finale, Slate…

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

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Night After Night to @midnight: An oral history of Comedy Central (Part 3)

Previously in our Comedy Central oral history: Dave Chappelle broke out, then broke away, the Reno Sheriff’s Department doled out justice while “Stephen Colbert” preached truthiness, and Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele had some anger to translate. And in part one: The first 12 years of the network, from the Comedy…

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 shitstorm 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 word broke…

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

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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…

Amy Schumer releases gun control sketch deemed “too dark” to air

Amy Schumer has released a sketch about gun control that was considered too dark to air on Inside Amy Schumer. But the deleted sketch is an incisive takedown of the horrors of gun violence and the Senate’s inaction on the issue, and focuses on the helplessness of victims both during and after the shootings. In the…

A pathologically satisfying Inside Amy Schumer episode

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“Psychopath Test” is easily Inside Amy Schumer’s best show of this season so far. Other episodes have featured more elaborately constructed sketches or cutting social commentary, but they’ve also stumbled over abrupt endings or contradictory tones. “Psychopath Test” is fresh, funny, and surprising throughout. Most…

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

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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…

Jake Gyllenhaal loves ferrets, the f-word in a new Inside Amy Schumer sketch

Last year, for whatever reason, Amy Schumer ended up subletting Jake Gyllenhaal’s New York apartment. They weren’t buds, and Schumer only landed in the apartment because that’s what famous New York people do, or something. That changed after both Schumer and Gyllenhaal went on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to…

An unfocused Inside Amy Schumer puts its guests in the spotlight

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“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…

Inside Amy Schumer aims for thoughtful reflection, misses

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It’s the recurring question of this season: Has Amy Schumer lost touch with her viewers, and can Inside Amy Schumer succeed if she has? The opening sketch of “Madame President” finds common ground between celebrity and audience—paradoxically, in reviling the muckrakers who feed off the public’s appetite for celebrity…

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…

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