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Amy Schumer is having herself a year. Fresh off her hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards, the 33-year-old New Yorker has elevated from standup fame to appearing in TIME’s list of 100 Most Influential People and nabbing a Peabody Award for her show Inside Amy Schumer.
With her first feature film Trainwreck out this summer, does Schumer feel added pressure for her show’s latest season?
“You would think that! I think there was more pressure last season, but now I feel like we’ve got a handle on it,” Schumer told The Hollywood Reporter at Sunday’s panel at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “We’re like okay, this is our voice, these are the things we’re interested in doing and the rules we’re interested in breaking. … I know this season is the best season.”
At the event, the upcoming episode’s screening was met with plenty of laughs and applause, as Schumer’s fearless style doesn’t shy away from tense topics (athletes and rape culture, gun control, sexism in the film industry) but plays off them in raucous satire.
Also on hand for the post-screening chat were executive producers Dan Powell and Jessi Klein, director Ryan McFaul, and producers Kim Caramele and Kevin Kane.
THR rounded up eight things to know about the third season of Inside Amy Schumer:
1. There are plenty of cameos. The crew teased a few upcoming scenes including a full-episode spoof on 12 Angry Men with a laundry list of guests, including Vincent Kartheiser, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Goldblum. Also, expect appearances from Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patricia Arquette and Josh Charles.
2. Get ready for an overt feminist edge. “Our first season, it felt like something we had to sneak in,” Schumer told the audience. “We do follow Daniel Tosh’s show on Comedy Central, so we’re trying to retain viewers and also make the show that we want to make.” That element is now a cornerstone, Powell explained: “It’s always going to be a feminist show because that’s how Amy represents herself on stage and in life.” And Schumer added, “People have said that our show is the equivalent of putting shaved carrots into brownies — I love that.”
3. Those ads made Schumer super self-conscious. Milk, milk, lemonade. “I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life as I was being in that room,” she said of making the music video. “I’m delusional with a lot of things, but I do not think that I am a rapper.”
4. There is a Bill Cosby sketch this season. “We probably talked about that scene more than any other scene we’ve ever done,” said Schumer, “We got into heated debates in the writer’s room about it.” They resolved to shoot it last, so it was as close as possible from the taping to the premiere, as things were constantly evolving in the news.
5. The show isn’t afraid to address rape. “Rape is good fodder for comedy because it’s the worst thing in the whole world — it’s untouchable,” said Schumer, adding that there’s a fine line. “It’s always a risk. … We do our best to not have people check out or be offended but still get the message. … We know what our intentions are, so we’re never worried about going there.”
6. Spoofs of TMZ and Dirty Dancing didn’t make the cut. “We were gonna do a scene about how awful TMZ is, how they don’t care where you are. It had a celebrity carrying a baby coffin.” The nixed that idea, laughing at its awfulness with heavily-pregnant writer Jessi Klein. Another one they didn’t green-light? A Dirty Dancing spoof. “There’s a back-alley abortion in Dirty Dancing, so there was an abortion clinic that was Dirty Dancing-themed,” said Schumer, with Powell adding that he still wants to figure it out for a future episode.
7. Comedy Central now gives them full support and trust. Powell had worries approaching the network about the 12 Angry Men sketch. “I had my arguments laid out on legal pad trying to convince them why we should be able to do this,” he explained. “[But] it was like a five minute conversation.” Schumer agreed: “We always come so ready to fight, and they’re like, ‘Yeah, you can say pussy. Who cares?'”
8. This season is full steam ahead. “One of the promos ends with Amy saying, ‘It’s Season 3 and we can do whatever the f—k we want.’ That’s kind of how it felt in the [writer’s] room,” said Caramele. Schumer added, “We really went nuts this season and jut broke any sort of rules that we set up.”
Season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer returns April 21 at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.
Full audio of Amy Schumer’s talk is available here.
Apr. 20, 11 a.m. A previous version of this article incorrectly noted a creative’s name and title. THR regrets the error.
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