“My men­tal health is not in the hands of strangers on the in­ter­net”

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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.

ALL ABOUT AMY (clock­wise from top) The co­me­dian at the Sydney premiere of Train­wreck with co-star Bill Hader; on In­side Amy Schumer; tak­ing on Hol­ly­wood sex­ism in a hi­lar­i­ous vi­ral skit with Tina Fey, Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette and Ju­lia Louis- Drey­fus.

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