2015 is undoubtedly the year of Amy Schumer. There was her hit movie "Trainwreck," an Emmy for her Comedy Central show, the chance to open for Madonna, a multi-million dollar book deal, an upcoming HBO special and, finally, last night, an appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Schumer probably could have flopped and still be loved as the Hollywood best friend you wish you had. But of course, she didn't.
She began her opening monologue, "People keep asking me, they say, Amy, is it an exciting time for women in Hollywood?
"And I'm like, NO!"
Schumer told the audience that the little girl who played her in flashbacks of "Trainwreck" already had a problem with the size of her own cheeks.
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"We have to be a role model for these little girls, because who do they have? All they have, literally, is the Kardashians. She doesn't have a Malala poster in her room, trust me. And is that a great message for little girls? A whole family of women who take the faces they were born with as like, a light suggestion?"
Schumer noted that there are some good role models out there, like Hillary Clinton, who she recently met. She said Clinton's name like a celebrity that everyone loves: "I just met Hillary. Clinton." The cheers for Clinton, who appeared on "SNL" last week, were mild.
"A little discouraging, the amount of applause," Schumer cracked. "Come on, Hil'."
According to Schumer, their conversation went like this:
Schumer: Do you drink?
Clinton: Yeah, I do but it's hard because I'm busy.
Schumer, sarcastically: Me too, I get it. What do you drink?
Clinton: Oh, vodka. And I like beer and wine.
Schumer: Well what about tequila?
Clinton: Oh I don't really like tequila, I only drink it when my friends make me.
"Make you?" Schumer joked. "Who is hazing Hillary Clinton? Like with a rail shot of tequila, 'Take this shot, you b--. Who is doing that?"
Schumer took another moment to get political later in the show with a sketch about guns. In between her comedy success marathon this year, Schumer was faced with how to respond to a tragedy when two people were killed and nine others were injured while watching "Trainwreck" in a Lafayette, La., movie theater.
Soon after, Schumer appeared in a press conference with her cousin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, to call on Congress to put a stop to gun violence.
"We're here today to say enough is enough to mass shootings in our schools, our college campuses, our military bases and even in our movie theaters," she said at the Aug. 3 conference. "These shootings have got to stop."
There have been 78 mass shootings since that press conference, bringing the total to 298 this year, according to one group that tracks shootings of more than four people at once.
Though it's impossible to make that reality funny, Schumer and "SNL" found a way to mock America's dependence on guns: