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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.

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