Creativity 50 2015

Creativity 50 2015: Amy Schumer

Comedian, Actor

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Amy Schumer
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It was a big year for Amy Schumer: She wrote and starred in her first feature film; hosted "Saturday Night Live;" landed her own HBO special; and saw her sketch comedy show, "Inside Amy Schumer," win an Emmy Award, Critics Choice Award and Peabody Award. To top it off, Ms. Schumer took her top off, redefining the traditional pinup model for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.

But perhaps Ms. Schumer's greatest feat has been her ability to use her self-deprecating humor to draw attention to women's issues. She has become her generation's feminist role model, touching on issues like equal pay, gender inequality and sexist stereotypes. Her sketch "Last Fuckable Day," starring Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Patricia Arquette, mocks how differently female actors are treated from male ones as they age. The skit has been viewed on YouTube nearly 5 million times since April.