First Look: ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Returns With “Home Spanx” and More

“You know, it means something different to everyone,” Amy Schumer says thoughtfully. We’re not talking about activism (though we do talk about that), or parenting (we talk about that too). She’s talking about Fart Park.

That’s the name of one of the sketches in an early episode of the fifth season of her absurdist sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer. It does what it says on the box: It’s about a park where you go to fart. But in classic Schumer style, there’s a twist that I won’t spoil—but rest assured that despite the six-year hiatus between the fourth and fifth seasons of the show, and the fact that it’s made the leap from Comedy Central to Paramount+, if you liked it before, you’ll still like it now.

“I feel really disheartened about how much of our show holds up,” Schumer says of her more politically pointed sketches from the show’s past, like one in that most recent 2016 season where an all-male congressional committee stands in as gynecologist for a horrified Schumer. “Some of those sketches feel extra relevant in a way that is so deeply disturbing.”

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But there are only so many times you can feel good about being so on the nose about the world being on fire. “The truth is, the [2016] election and everything that followed it has just been so disheartening that I have felt completely helpless and lost and didn’t want to pretend like I had some message that I wasn’t actually sure could be in any way helpful or actually funny to me, ” Schumer says.

In those years of political turmoil, Schumer has been busy. She was arrested at a rally protesting the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. She was outspoken about gun control, working closely with her second cousin (once removed, but who’s counting), Senator Chuck Schumer. She released movies and a critically acclaimed TV show, Life After Beth. She’s up a husband (Chris) and kid (Gene), and down a uterus (endometriosis) and an appendix (ditto). She did stand-up and she was out there ripping on Donald Trump and using her celebrity status to raise awareness, even burying her pregnancy announcement at the bottom of an Instagram caption listing her midterm voting picks. “So many people, including myself, did everything they could possibly think of to be helpful,” she says. And still, here comes “the political decisions that are leading to the ultimate destruction of the human race, women first.”

The decision to return to Inside Amy Schumer isn’t quite as epic as the sky opening and a beam of light speaking to Schumer to tell her it was time for her to return to the sketch-comedy fold—the opportunity arose with Paramount+ and Schumer was up for it. She calls making this season “one of the most satisfying things that I have ever done,” and says, “I really hope they want to make more.”

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