“My mental health is not in the hands of strangers on the internet”
world tour in September, got worldwide media attention. A few minutes into her sold-out show, a heckler shouted, “Show us your tits.” She mocked him gently, but when he repeated the offence, had security throw him out. “It was so bad, so old-school,” she says. “It’s funny because it’s gone so viral and I didn’t say anything particularly funny. I have clips where I’ve handled hecklers in ways I’m really proud of, but this was very basic. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for me.” Does she ever simply ignore hecklers? “It’s not just about my experience. It was 10,000 people, who are like, ‘How is she going to handle this?’ I don’t want to ignore someone yelling, ‘Show us your tits.’ It’s cool, though – it’s like having an internet troll in front of you. I get to see what you look like.”
When criticism piles up online, she’s similarly sanguine. “My confidence and my mental state are not in the hands of anonymous strangers on the internet,” she says. “I’m so used to it by now.” In lower moments, she confesses, “I have those feelings, like, ‘Ugh, I should get out of this f*cking business,’ and then I’ll be like, ‘No, f*ck that.’ I have a small window where I feel upset, and then I get fired up. With comics, all these obstacles end up being fodder for us.”
Ultimately, she says, it’s her loved ones whose opinions matter most. “It’s just about if I’m getting along with my boyfriend and sister.” And is she? “Yes, we’re super-happy, thanks.”
That boyfriend is Ben Hanisch, a furniture-designer and maker whom she met on a dating app last year (he was her first match). When Stellar speaks to Schumer, she’s about to go to Paris with him for a holiday (her Instagram later reveals the pair were hospitalised for food poisoning while there, making headline news). Schumer, who appears to be deeply in love, says she’s open to the idea of marriage and babies. It’s hard to work out when she’ll find the time, though – she has two movies out next year: one a mother-daughter comedy with Goldie Hawn, and a dramatic role in Thank You For Your Service, which tackles posttraumatic stress among war veterans. Her TV show is on hiatus for now, but she’s keeping all options open.
“If something great comes up, I’m really happy to do movies. I’m going to continue to do stand-up and I want to continue to write stuff for myself,” she says. “I love writing – I get lost in it and it feels like an escape, a nourishing, wholesome escape.”
It sounds as if the world is at her feet. After a pause, she concurs: “I’m very lucky to be part of this revolution.” Amy Schumer’s The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo (Harpercollins, $29.99) is out now.