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1. She was born on the Upper East Side of New York City.
2. She’s petrified of aunts.
3. Amy first heard the dulcet tones of blues legend Sam Cooke playing in the room of a drunken college senior, who she visited for a booty call. When it became clear that he was too inebriated to get down to business, Amy told the crowd in a very personal speech at the Ms Gala that she lay there trying to ‘dissociate’ and concentrated on the music playing instead – a Sam Cooke LP. She thanked Matt, the senior, for introducing her to the singer, who she still loves to this day.
4. In high school, she was voted “Class Clown” and “Teacher’s Worst Nightmare.”
5. She was a toe model Amy has talked a few times about being a toe model back in her college days, claiming that she was paid per toe whenever she took part in a shoot. Well, that’s one way to pay tuition fees.
6. Mocking Charlie Sheen got her a Comedy Central show. When Charlie Sheen was roasted (or had the mickey taken out of him, as we say over here) on Comedy Central in 2011, Amy was one of the celebs assembled to crack jokes at his expense. Channel bosses were so impressed with her sharp wit, they offered her a show on the spot. As Charlie Sheen would say – winning.
7. She found sex with a WWE wrestler ‘too athletic’. With his uber-chiselled features and muscular physique, wrestler Dolph Ziggler (above) is undoubtedly a dreamboat for some – but not Amy Schumer. In an interview with Howard Stern in 2012, she said: ‘It wasn’t that crazy, but it felt like we were wrestling…The sex was too athletic. The first time I was like, oh, this is cool…I felt so petite.’
8. The Democratic Senator for New York, Chuck Schumer, is actually Amy’s dad’s cousin. But the political gene appears to have stopped with him; Amy has previously said that she’s never voted, ‘not even in a school election. I never throw my two cents in, I don’t want to get started.’ It’s a good job, then, that she isn’t on close terms with her uncle – he admitted to the New York Daily News that he didn’t know who she was until she referred to him as her cousin in an interview.
9. She’s had celebrity crushes, just like the rest of us
Amy has previously revealed that her first celeb crush was Joey McIntyre of the Backstreet Boys. She’s since gone from boyband members to film stars – the current objects of her affection are Joaquin Phoenix and Christian Bale.
10. She was nearly in Girls
Amy auditioned for the part of Shoshana in Girls, but it ended up going to Zosia Mamet. Amy’s since said she doesn’t think she would have fitted in with the cast anyway, telling Vulture: ‘I’m a hundred years old, it would be like, who’s that old lady?’ There’s a definite silver lining to the tale, though – had she got the part, she probably wouldn’t have had the time to write and star in her own movie.
11. Her childhood nickname was Amy Shoemaker. “The kids would call me Amy Shoemaker instead of Schumer, because kids are, like, really creative,” Amy dished to Entertainment Weekly. “But it really made me mad, and there was a point where my parents were gonna maybe open a shoe store, and I was like, ‘You can’t do this to me! Nooo!’ I begged them and whined my way out of it. Really not that hostile of a nickname. I should have been like, ‘What?’ But I was crying about it.” Bullies, man. Bullies.
12. She got her big movie break because Judd Apatow was caught in L.A. traffic. This is too cool. When Judd, who directed Trainwreck, and Amy stopped by the Today show earlier this year, he revealed that he wanted to make a film with the funny girl after hearing her interview with Howard Stern while stuck in bumper-to-bumper hell. “[I] thought, ’Amy is really warm and funny and brutally honest … and I thought, ’Oh, I’d like to see her in a movie,’” he told Matt Lauer. WHAT IF HE HAD NEVER TURNED ON THE RADIO?!