If you’ve somehow managed to sleep on Amy Schumer’s unusually rapid rise to fame, here’s a quick primer: Though she’s been performing stand-up and sketch comedy for over a decade, Schumer has entered (dominated, really) the zeitgeist this year thanks to a series of sharply satiric, deeply feminist, and oft-subversive sketches on Inside Amy Schumer, a critically acclaimed Comedy Central show in its third season that she writes, directs, and stars in. Schumer’s comedy is at turns gleefully raunchy, patriarchy-smashing, culturally incisive, and utterly surreal—one minute she’s sending up Hollywood ageism with help from Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the next she’s mocking the holier-than-thou martyrdom of twenty-somethings who adopt rescue dogs, then directing an episode-long shot-for-shot parody of 12 Angry Men that sees the likes of Paul Giamatti and Jeff Goldblum debating whether she’s “hot enough” to grace America's television screens.

This weekend, Schumer’s bringing her uniquely brazen and bizarre brand of comedy to the big screen with Trainwreck, which marks both the first movie she’s written and starred in and the first film Judd Apatow’s ever directed that he didn’t write. It’s a shaggy, sexy, surprisingly moving, and loosely autobiographical rom-com that follows Schumer as Amy, a men’s magazine writer who’s completely turned off by monogamy until she’s assigned to profile Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), charming sports doctor to LeBron James (… LeBron James), and has to reevaluate her aversion to real intimacy. Last month, to promote the film and raise money for various nonprofits, Schumer headlined the Trainwreck Comedy Tour, a seven-city, eight-night sprint across the country that saw her performing stand-up alongside co-stars Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell, and Apatow. As she touched down in Chicago, I caught up with her to talk about subverting both the rom-com and the male gaze, whether she worried about Apatow’s ability to serve a female protagonist, why she makes so many movie references, and how many glasses of wine she drinks on a nightly basis.

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