Did you hear the one about the comedian who wasn’t very funny in person? Many a journalist has interviewed a person famous for humour, only to be left waiting for a punchline. While some comics pepper their conversation with wisecracks – the late Robin Williams being a notable example – the majority are more subdued than their onstage and onscreen personas would suggest. When interviewing Owen Wilson during a visit to Australia 10 years ago to promote a film (a comedy, of course), I was struck that despite being friendly, chatty and warm, he was not particularly funny. “I don’t know if it’s shyness,” he told me when I asked him about the apparent discrepancy, “but if I don’t know somebody that well, I’m not going to start cracking jokes like I would if my brothers were here.” Forewarned that speaking to Amy Schumer might be a laugh-free assignment, it was with some trepidation that features editor Hannah James spoke to her on the phone for this week’s cover story. What she found was a thoughtful woman with a lot to say. Laugh track optional.