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ICYMI, Amy Schumer, relatable comedian, announced her first Australian arena shows over the weekend as part of an international tour that will see her bring her singular brand of stand-up to nine countries and three continents before year’s end.
Her tour, Amy Schumer Live, will cap off a year that has seen her win an Emmy, defend against joke-stealing accusations, enjoy continued success for the fourth season of her eponymous Comedy Central show, become the first female comic to headline Madison Square Garden, unveil her debut memoir (due August), enter an unpleasant new stratosphere of fame and become a prominent advocate for gun control reform.
A year after she first sampled the delights of Bourke Street Bakery and performed an intimate stand-up set in Melbourne, Schumer will return to perform four blockbuster Australian shows equipped with all new material and a ham wallet brimming with previously uncharted vaginal euphemisms.
Herewith, three talking points that are sure to resonate with what will inevitably be sell-out Australian crowds.
Ever since a tragic shooting took place at a screening of last year’s brilliant Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two woman and injuring nine others, Schumer has become an ardent and vocal advocate for gun control reform. Over the weekend, Schumer also released an unaired sketch from the most recent season of Inside Amy Schumer in the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando – the worst in America’s history – that skewered America’s archaic stance on gun ownership. No doubt Australia’s strong history regarding gun control will resonate strongly with Schumer and home crowds alike.
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Where better to showcase her signature blend of excoriating social justice scathe than in a country where women are still under-represented in leadership and decision-making positions in almost all facets of life; where the fact that one in three women will be affected by family violence in their lifetime is not a concern but a joke to high-profile media personalities; and where entire communities face systemic erasure at the hands of the very people elected to represent them? Where else but Australia.
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You can catch Schumer live in her first Australian arena stand-up tour, plus her debut New Zealand performance, as part of her 2016 world tour at the following dates.
Saturday, December 10
PERTH – Perth Arena
Monday, December 12
MELBOURNE – Rod Laver
Wednesday, December 14
BRISBANE – Entertainment Centre
Thursday, December 15
SYDNEY – Qudos Bank Arena
Saturday, December 17
AUCKLAND – Vector Arena
Ticket & pre-sale details coming soon, keep an eye on LiveNation.
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