This story first appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
It’s difficult to imagine any comedian, male or female, breaking out as big as Schumer did in 2015: the continued success (two Emmys) of her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer; the cultural and box-office impact ($140 million worldwide) of feature foray Trainwreck (Schumer wrote and starred); an HBO comedy special; and media-darling status that seems to have the stamina of a marathoner.
“I’m newly famous,” Schumer has taken to cracking during her latest stand-up tour, which has sold out arenas nationwide. She recently scored a $9 million deal for her upcoming book, got a tenfold pay raise for her next acting gig (a mother-daughter comedy from Fox) and is writing a vehicle for herself and pal Jennifer Lawrence — all while stirring a fresh feminist dialogue with her critically adored satire.
“I think people hate women,” Schumer told THR earlier in 2015. “I don’t think they want to hear a woman talk for too long. A lot of people project their mom yelling at them. My [career] has been about tricking people into listening.”
Other Power Squad honorees: Shari Redstone, Bonnie Hammer, Elizabeth Banks, Cindy Holland, Kathleen Kennedy, Donna Langley, Nancy Dubuc, Jennifer Lawrence, Dana Walden, Megyn Kelly, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Ilene Chaiken, Taraji P. Henson, Barbara Broccoli