In a stand-up monologue that appears on the new season of Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer discusses the shooting that took place at a showing of Trainwreck in Louisiana last summer. “People are like, ‘Ew, we don’t like when celebrities get involved in politics,’ and I hear you, and I feel the same way,” says Schumer.
But I met with people, victims’ families, and they have buttons with the pictures of their children and their parents, and they’re like, “Can you help us? Because no one listens to politicians; they listen to you idiots.” And what, are you going to be like, “No, I don’t want to annoy people on Reddit”?
Hence a new, deeply political sketch from tonight’s episode, in which Schumer and comedian Kyle Dunnigan play hosts on a home-shopping show who eagerly educate potential customers on America’s insanely lax gun laws. “You can absolutely get a gun if you have several felonies as long as you buy it on the internet or at a gun show,” Schumer chirps when a convicted felon who believes that he’s not allowed buy a gun calls in. Just like one ofLast Week Tonight’s extended monologues, the sketch doesn’t hide its moral outrage or educational mission, but Schumer and Dunnigan keep things entertaining by perfectly embodying the manic mood of home-shopping TV personalities. Keep an eye out for the ridiculous (if terrifying) promotional chyrons that run across the screen as the hosts hawk their handguns, such as “Keep It Under Your Pillow So You Can Shoot At Shadows In A Half Dream!”