There’s a group of well-meaning white Americans whose worldviews have been so severely polluted by institutionalized racial stereotypes that it can be dangerous to be with them in public. They go by many names, but many of us refer to them simply as “parents” or “Grandma.” Fortunately for us, Schumer—who I’d guess has some experience with this phenomenon—has cooked up a solution. Like so many of her best sketches, “Generations” is funny because it’s true, and it’s true because people are terrible.
Here’s how Seth MacFarlane introduced Amy Schumer at Comedy Central’s roast of Charlie Sheen: “What can I say about Amy Schumer? I actually mean that sincerely: I’ve never heard of this woman.” That was four years ago (and about two seconds before “this woman” burned that placed to the ground with extreme prejudice). Cut to the present, when Schumer’s face is plastered on every taxi, subway station and billboard for Trainwreck, her first leading role—in a major studio movie that’s almost certain to destroy MacFarlane’s Ted 2 at the box office.
Thanks to three brilliant seasons of Inside Amy Schumer, it didn’t take long for the comedian to go from a name on a teleprompter to the breakout star of the summer. Watch our picks for the 10 best sketches from Schumer’s show and we guarantee you won’t forget who she is.