Amy Schumer interrupted a comedy set by an up and coming performer in order to debut her own new material.
Brendan Sagalow – who was headlining the Best of the Breakout Artists Comedy Series at Manhattan club Carolines on Tuesday (May 8) – says that she cut him off mid-set. She apparently asked if she could take ten minutes to practice her SNL routine. She is due to host the late night American show for the second time this Saturday (May 12).
“I’m five minutes into my set, I’m doing some crowd work … and then from off to the side, I hear, ‘Hey Brendan! It’s Amy Schumer! Can I do 10 minutes?’ in the middle of my set,” Sagalow explained on his podcast, which went out the following day.
The New York stand-up comedian didn’t seem too offended by the interruption, however. ““I look over and it’s Amy, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course!’ I had no other reaction,” he continues.
“‘This is a good thing! This is a great thing!’” Sagalow reasoned. “Everybody thinks I’m friends with Amy, she knows my name, she said she follows me on Instagram, which she mentioned. She said she ‘loves Brendan as a comic.’ She doesn’t. You put the quarter in, you play the game. I thought it was awesome, because everybody else’s headlining set at Carolines, nobody talks about it,” he concluded.
Other attendees present at the comedy show were not as impressed. “She interrupted the guy on stage and said, ‘mind if I do 10 minutes?’ ” an industry insider told New York Daily News. “That is so rude and galling. You just don’t do that.”
Amy Schumer currently stars in the film I Feel Pretty, in cinemas now. The project comes after the comedian and actress was slated to play the lead role in a forthcoming live action Barbie film last year, later dropping out due to scheduling conflicts.
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” she told Variety. The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”