Recording information: The Denver Comedy Works (01/2011).
Editor: Ian Stearns.
Photographer: Natalie Brasington.
While she cleaned up her act enough to compete on the broadcast television series Last Comic Standing, Cutting is the real down-and-dirty Amy Schumer. Make that the dirty, dirty, dirty, nasty, and shocking Amy Schumer, as the diminutive, light-voiced standup comedian likes to answer talk show host tropes like "What's new?" with "I don't wanna get personal, but I just took Plan B last week." Here, it's "I finally slept with my high-school crush," and when the audience applause dies down, "But now, he like, expects me to go to his graduation." A cute audience member draws "I wouldn't even report you if you date-raped me!" with the caveat, "Well, I would, but just to see you again in the police lineup." Love her or loath her, Schumer is an expert at building the sleazy comedy pyramid as "Nothing works 100% of the time, except Mexicans!" gets topped with her Mexican ex-boyfriend anecdote "He was a real tidy guy. He'd clean up right away, no matter where he got it on me," while "He's Hispanic so he's like 'Now who's the wetback?'" provides the spike on top. It's as if Daniel Tosh could talk to girlfriends, or like an Andrew Dice Clay you could book on Ellen, but the best part is that it's an act that will entertain willing degenerates the whole way through, closing with a story of why Schumer is bad with oral sex ("I have a nut allergy") plus a set-ending "joke" that's startling and shouldn't be spoiled. Vulgar, coarse, and politically incorrect as they come, Amy Schumer isn't for everyone, but Cutting is wicked funny, and worth embracing if you've got karma to burn. ~ David Jeffries