Review: Amy Schumer, “Growing” on Netflix

From the time since Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer debuted in 2013 to her star turn two years later in the film she also wrote, Trainwreck, Schumer’s early 30s saw her rise to become not only the one of the top stand-ups in America, but also a leading advocate for women, as well as a lightning rod for haters precisely because of those things.

Thankfully for all of us, Schumer continues to lean in.

She famously announced she would let herself go from the constraints of body-shaming and still find love (sorry, “catch a dick”), and now that she has, she makes fun of how celebrity baby bump gossip completely passed her by, joking: “It just kinda looks like she took her Spanx off.” She’s revealing about her hyperemesis — a condition resulting in severe nausea and vomiting, which hospitalized her a couple of times before the taping (and forced her to postpone the final leg of her tour after filming this hour in Chicago) — as well as her husband’s autism diagnosis. For the latter, Schumer makes the realization that his personality also provided “all of the reasons I fell madly in love with him.”

But make no mistake, whatever heat Schumer took for her outspokenness on the 2016 election or gun control hasn’t stopped her from using her platform to support her friends and fellow women. She points that out in a retelling of her arrest in Washington, D.C., protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

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Sean L. McCarthy

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