- Amy Schumer has receded from the spotlight in recent years after giving birth to her first child in 2019.
- The stand-up comedian is set to be one of the hosts of the 2022 Academy Awards.
- Schumer recently teased one of the jokes she wrote for the ceremony and movie fans are now dreading her return to the stage.
Viewership of the Oscars has been plummeting for years now, so in an effort to boost its audience, the Academy decided to… not broadcast crucial categories and hire Amy Schumer as one of the three hosts? Well, okay then — good luck.
Already annoyed that the Academy is axing documentary short, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, original score, production design, animated short, live-action short, and sound from the Oscars broadcast, excitement for the once-proud ceremony has only further decreased following these recent comments from Schumer, who is set to host the show alongside Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer teased one of the jokes she wrote that ultimately didn’t make the cut: “My husband is going down on me, or as he calls it, Squid Game. So, he’s in my Nightmare Alley…”
Instead, Schumer says, she’ll be “take a couple of risks”:
She’s still trying to figure out how much she can and should push the envelope on Hollywood’s biggest night — or at least its most prestigious. She’d pitched the show’s producers a few ideas over Zoom a month or so back, which were met with deafening silence. “I was like, ‘Can you guys hear me?’ ” she says, laughing about it now.
Her many “pussy jokes,” as she characterizes the subgenre, are unlikely to make the cut — certainly not the raunchy bit she’s written, which starts off, “My husband is going down on me, or as he calls it, Squid Game. So, he’s in my Nightmare Alley …” Instead, she says she’ll likely take “a couple risks,” but stop short of anything that would get her sued: “I emailed my lawyer about two jokes the other day, and he was like, ‘No!’ ” [via The Hollywood Reporter]
Once current movie and former Oscars fans got wind of Schumer’s latest gags, the reaction was quite predictable: please, stop.
Amy Schumer is a domestic terrorist https://t.co/JpoEBhFq1a
— Donavan (Cripp Daddy♿™️) (@YungCrippComedy) March 10, 2022
Amy Schumer got popular doing annoying white woman girl boss 2014 “isn’t it funny I talk about fucking” humor and also stealing jokes. Now she’s hosting the Oscars in 2022 for reasons that are unclear https://t.co/B04UnKKcaT
— Dolby Cazale Al Ghul (I-MA) (@EricLocked) March 10, 2022
— Andrew Roth+ (@RothsReviews) March 11, 2022
Why are you making SQUID GAME jokes at the Oscars? It’s not even a movie. https://t.co/xmNTh3i1Q7
— Exa Dark Sideræl (@yosoymichael) March 11, 2022
I think Hollywood has a psyop to discredit female comedians by only platforming ones like this https://t.co/H8R97wabav
— SpaceYote (Jess) (@LatransCanis1) March 11, 2022
— aidan (@hotbeanis) March 11, 2022
I genuinely feel bad for women in comedy that are genuinely funny and write their own material that get outshined by Amy Schumer. https://t.co/p42shIrkBc
— USOVINNY (@hawaiinguy808) March 10, 2022
Looking forward to Amy Schumer hosting the Oscars just so everyone can see in real time how funny she is not
— Kristen (not stewart) (@cheatmanced) March 11, 2022
amy schumer was gone. dead career. why did they have to bring her back
— Seán (@candon_sean) March 11, 2022
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Tig Notaro, Mindy Kaling, Kate McKinnon, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman. Plenty of talented female comedians that have shattered boundaries and glass ceilings.
And they went with Amy Schumer. https://t.co/5ILbzpFyfm
— Hustle Crow 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@realhustlecrow) March 10, 2022
People who worked their whole lives editing films won't have their achievement recognised on screen so we can hear more jokes from Amy Schumer. https://t.co/nC9engnZfG
— JackEason (@realJackEason) March 11, 2022
actually a contender for the worst joke of all time https://t.co/gTNFQKBIZf
— it always ends like this (@real_cultleader) March 11, 2022
The 2022 Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 27. Given what you’ve just read about Schumer, we certainly wouldn’t blame you for ultimately tuning out.