Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tig Notaro's chemo witness twist: Who is Chuck Schumer to Amy Schumer?

Chuck Schumer:  Cousin? Uncle? Distant Cousin?

In 2013 When Amy Schumer spoke to Cosmopolitan's Michelle Ruiz, Schumer, says he's her uncle but they are not too close.

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/exclusive/amy-schumer-interview


Ruiz: 

This is random: You're related to New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.

A. Schumer: 

I joke that in my entire life, I’ve been in the same room with him maybe four times. In my whole life. It’s not like, ‘Oh Uncle Chuck’s here, what did get me for Hannukkah?’
Photo Credit: Peter Yang / Comedy Central

 

When Ms. Schumer spoke to the Daily News in April of 2014, Chuck Schumer was firmly an Uncle. An Uncle she could call upon;
 

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/amy-schumer-fooling-guest-stars-article-1.1741100#ixzz31BTLTMbv
 

  The Manhattan-born funny lady — who placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” — also says she wouldn’t hesitate to drop the name of her powerful uncle, Sen. Chuck Schumer, to get out of a traffic ticket.
“I live in New York, so I don’t drive,” she said. “But I probably would.”


Wikipedia says he's her first cousin.


But, Ms. Schumer must have had to have that corrected because a Laughspin writer, Emma Kat Richardson, was sure he was her uncle when she spoke to Amy S in 2011.:http://wwwhttp://www.laughspin.com/2011/01/20/ass-kickin-amy-schumer-is-on-the-rise/

 

Ema Kat Richardson: 

 

 I was really surprised to read that your uncle is Chuck Schumer, the senior senator from New York. Being a CNN and MSNBC junkie, his is a name I was immediately familiar with.


  Amy Schumer responds:

Where does it say that he’s my uncle? Does it say that on Wikipedia?

Emma Kat Richardson replies:

Quite a few places, actually.

Amy again:

He’s my dad’s cousin. I definitely grew up knowing him – not knowing that it mattered that he was in politics, and not really dealing with it at all. The first time it came up was when my sister and I were arrested for shoplifting. We were arrested for grand larceny, and [the cops] were like, ‘You’re lucky you have this last name.’ And they pleaded it down, to like disturbing the peace or something. I really thought that shit was off the record, until I was on Last Comic and they asked me if I had an arrests, and I was like, “Eh, not really.” They have real lawyers – it’s like General Electric – and they knew everything I’d stolen.

Other than that, I’ve run into him a couple of times at events around New York, and he’s super nice. I’m really proud of that guy. I’m happy to be related to him at all. I don’t talk about politics onstage, but I’m as up on that stuff as I can be, from reading a newspaper a day, and watching a good amount of CNN and MSNBC myself (and avoiding Fox News, except when I’m on Redeye, of course). I’m really proud, and he’s never made a move where I’ve [disapproved]. The only criticism I’ve ever heard about him would be along the lines of, ‘That guy loooves the camera.’ Well fuckin’ yeah, because politics is like any other art: you’ve got to keep yourself hot. Keep yourself relevant, or people will forget about you.

 

What does Uncle or First Cousin, Chuck, have to say? (He clearly is drawing a blank on that grand larceny case....)


In May of 2014. The Senator From NY  saw fit to talk to the same Daily News Journalists about this alleged relation.

MARIANNE GARVEY AND BRIAN NIEMIETZ
Monday, May 5, 2014, 2:00 AM
Sen. Chuck Schumer says the tables have turned when it comes to his distant cousin, raunchy comedian Amy Schumer — now that she’s famous, people ask him if he’s related to her.
 
“I didn’t know her and now I do. She was telling people she’s my cousin, and it turns out, she is. She is Gordon Schumer’s daughter, he is a cousin of mine,” the New York Democrat told us at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night.
“This put me in my place: My nephew, Max Schumer, is a freshman in college. His roommate said to him, ’Your last name is Schumer? Are you related to Amy?’
“That’s the first time that’s happened.”



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