The TV Academy this year created best variety sketch series and best variety talk series, after years competing together in the best variety series derby. Talk shows had an historic lock on the category, with Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, lead-out The Colbert Report, and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman winning most years since the late 90’s. In fact, Schumer outstripped the only sketch comedy that had been nominated in the combined category in recent years: NBC’s Saturday Night Live (whose 40th anniversary broadcast was named best reality special last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys). Schumer’s show also bested Comedy Central series, Key and Peele and Drunk History, as well as IFC’s Portlandia in tonight’s best variety sketch series derby.
Accepting the award, she thanked “Comedy Central and all the suits who represent me” as well as “the girls who gave me this sort of smokey eye [makeup] – I really love it.”
Schumer’s been on a roll this year. And, last month, she was the night’s biggest winner at the TV Critics Association Awards, nabbing Individual Achievement in Comedy, while Inside Amy Schumer was crowned Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Schumer wasn’t in the house that night, her show’s writer Christine Nangle explaining, “Amy wanted to be here, but unfortunately she couldn’t. She’s being treated for overexposure.”
That same month, she got a prized guest spot on Jon Stewart’s final week hosting The Daily Show to plug her movie Trainwreck. And she made that appearance just hours after she made headlines, joining her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a news conference to call for stronger background checks on potential gun buyers, after a man shot and killed two people and injured nine others who were attending a screening of Trainwreck. “Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns – we know what can happen when they do,” the comic said at that news conference, promoted to media as “Schumer & Schumer: Enough Is Enough.”