Amy Schumer on the Power of Self-Deprecation: "It's Definitely Very Important to Me"

"People are so angry and love to burn somebody at the stake. So I'll just burn myself."

Creator and star of Comedy Central's Peabody Award-winning sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer finds comedic inspiration in the public perception of women, and "this strange aggression that people have for someone they don't like."


While speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Actress Roundtable, the comic explained her use of self-deprecation in her work, saying, "People are so angry and love to burn somebody at the stake. So I’ll just burn myself."

Schumer recounted the most humiliating moment in her career, the time she performed stand-up at a hunger-strike demonstration outside the White House — later finding out the protestors were part of a terrorist organization. "Making people laugh is, like, what I can do to give back," Schumer joked.

The comic joined Lena Dunham (Girls), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) for the Roundtable, where some the year's hottest television actresses discussed weighty topics such as racism and sexism in Hollywood while remaining unfiltered, frank and funny.

The full Comedy Actress Roundtable aired on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. EST on Sundance TV. Tune in this Sunday for the next episode.

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