Amy Schumer is People’s ‘Most Intriguing’ person of 2015: deserving or nah?

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People Magazine’s cover story this week is their annual “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year” issue. The cover girl is… Amy Schumer? Huh? I mean, don’t get me wrong, she’s had a good year. Train Wreck was a success, her Comedy Central show is extremely popular, she hosted SNL and had an HBO special, and she became BFFs with Jennifer Lawrence. So… yeah, maybe she is a great cover girl. Maybe it’s just me though, but 2015 was also the year in which people sort of “got over” Amy Schumer pretty quickly, right? Here’s part of People’s cover story:

Amy Schumer had a life-changing 2015, but she says one moment stands out from all the rest.

“Hosting Saturday Night Live was the highlight of my year,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “It was a dream come true.”

In other career peaks, the newly minted A-lister, 34, nabbed an Emmy in September for her Comedy Central hit Inside Amy Schumer and saw her romantic comedy Trainwreck soar to the top of the summer box office. With a series of inspiring speeches advocating for gender equality and female empowerment, the New Yorker and former reality TV star (she came in fourth on Last Comic Standing in 2007) established herself as a powerful voice in Hollywood – and teamed with her cousin, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, to call for stricter gun control laws.

The writer-director-star was also responsible for some of the year’s buzziest moments. In a force-of-nature pairing that inspired friendship envy on a global scale, she and Jennifer Lawrence did everything from form a human pyramid to dance atop Billy Joel’s piano – and then just last month, Schumer made headlines around the world again with her nearly nude Pirelli calendar photo shoot.

[From People]

Again, I’m not denying that she had a good year. But it does feel like… Amy Schumer is the new Lena Dunham. The “normal” girl who comes to “challenge” our perspective but ends up annoying us when her shtick never changes. Maybe I’m just really grumpy today (it’s true, I am).

Other people on this year’s Most Intriguing list: Pope Francis, Prince George of Cambridge, Caitlyn Jenner, Bindi Irwin, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Adele and Tracy Morgan. I would have said Adele might have been a better cover, but People Mag just gave Adele the cover a few weeks ago, so that’s why they gave it to Amy.


Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of People.

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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    She had a great 2015, but “Intriguing” is noty a word I’d use to describe Amy Schumer.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Exactly what I was going to say. I, for one, am not intrigued.

      • Loulou says:

        Personally, I can’t stand her. And I saw Trainwreck and was not impressed.

      • Zwella Ingrid says:

        I too saw Trainwreck —it was next door to porn in one sense, and not funny enough to rise above it. (If that makes sense…) I can take a really nasty film if its truly funny. I wasn’t impressed.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I find very few of their choices intriguing. I mean, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton? Really? Two people who got divorced and who are now dating one another are somehow intriguing? Heck, I’d consider Prince George moreso than them, and he’s a toddler, lol.

    • NeNe says:

      I’m not intrigued at all!! WTF!?!?

    • Rachel says:

      Agreed. For me, “intriguing” means I would like to find out more about the person. With Amy Schumer, we already know everything there is to know about her… because she tells us… repeatedly.

      Not that I don’t enjoy her stand up. I just don’t find her at all intriguing.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Bad choice. She’s been funny and promoting body acceptance but I dont’ consider that or her intriguing. I find Adele intriguing because she is private, we really dont’ know much about her.

    • Nicole says:

      The whole list is a lot of “wtf” for me. And yea I think this year was the year Amy became more annoying and less funny to me

    • Karen says:

      I also disliked Trainwreck. Glad to hear I am not the only one.

  2. mom2two says:

    I find Amy Schumer overrated. I think Bindi Irwin or Pope Francis would have been a better choice.

  3. Allie says:

    It’s People. Amy is fine, they weren’t going to go with someone super deep. I will say that I find Amy nothing like Lena. As annoying as some people may find it, Amy is trying to make bigger girls feel more comfortable, Lena likes shock value. One has talent, the other doesn’t.

  4. SusanneToo says:

    I never found the people on Barbara Walter’s Most Interesting list at all interesting and I feel the same about this list. Although, as a non-religious person I do find the Pope interesting.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      I think ABC’s and People’s (both owned by Disney) definition of “Most Intriguing” is actually who was most popular/received the most clicks on articles that year. The Cambridges, Adele, Amy, Caitlyn Jenner..yep, hot topics of 2015. Yawn. Considering Adele just took the cover, I would have liked to hear more about Bindi Irwin. I think she is only listed bc she just won Dancing With the Stars (again, fitting in with the ABC/People Mag brand)…but she is interesting. She is from the mystical land of Australia, lost her super famous dad years ago and then rises from the ashes out of nowhere as the mature young lady. Much more interesting than someone who tells us all about her UTI’s, burps and sexcapades.

  5. tinsel says:

    Well its a hell of a lot more reasonable than Barbara Walters saying Amal Clooney was the most fascinating person last year.

  6. FingerBinger says:

    Aside from Pope Francis I find none of these people interesting. Prince George is 2. A 2 year old shouldn’t be on a list of intriguing people.

    • tracking says:

      +1 Pope Francis ftw. Still, I can’t be too unhappy a woman got the top spot.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Seriously? How is a toddler intriguing? Apart from the Pope, none of these people are intriguing.

      • perplexed says:

        I actually think Prince George is more compelling than a lot of other celebrities we see these days (maybe his grumpy face intrigues me?). Celebrity entertainment is really boring these days…

        I don’t get the big whoop about Bindi Irwin.

  7. Nancy says:

    I actually like Amy. Her shows on Comedy Central are hysterical…she’s just naturally funny. I rate her way above Kathy Griffin in her prime. I also liked her movie. What I really don’t care about her is her red carpet appearances or posting pics of her newest famous bestie. But overall, she’s not a bad choice. Who else? Someone up thread said Bindi Irwin…why?….bc she is the daughter of a famous dead person…..DWTS…..Derricks partners generally do win and it is reality tv show after all. Anyway good for Amy, this is her year.

  8. Katie says:

    No. She’s not intriguing.

  9. kimbers says:

    She’s cool.. Intriguing? No not really. I cant hear that whiny persona voice she does anymore. I did that years ago and it made people wet themselves. My only regret was not showing it to the world. ..I too could have written a movie that would be illegally downloaded and fast forwarded through bc it was so boring

    Used to love her but she’s boring and says the same jokes over and over. If you’re like 17 it’s all new topics. If your 25 you’re seen it.

  10. kri says:

    I only find her intriguing because even though I manage to (mostly) avoid her, she keeps showing up and annoying me. I agree a 1000% with Kaiser’s analysis.

  11. taboo says:

    Anyone but Caitlyn Jenner or Donald Trump is fine with me.

  12. K says:

    She had a good year and trainwreck was funny but yeah I would say this is the year people got over her as quickly as they liked her. Not sure it was her as much as the media telling us we had to love her and then her not managing that well to push it down. But she went from funny and quirky to extremely annoying and second coming of Dunham real quick. Like real quick.

    However, it’s people so it’s not like there is a lot of merit to this. I mean I personally find the pope more interesting, I think he is really challenging people but again people not a legitimate publication it’s celebrity fluff. So good for Amy.

  13. Saphana says:

    it makes a lot more sense than Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, seriously? but then again: giving People Mag insider infos will get you positive coverage, eh?

  14. CornyBlue says:

    I will never get how people found her funny in Trainwreck. I thought she really struggled to land the jokes and just struggled with the acting in general. Specially in scenes with Bill Hader and Brie Larson. She is good in her skits. They are funny.

  15. I Choose Me says:

    I liked her at first but yeah, got over her pdq. I’m still glad for her success and I still enjoy her show sometimes but her constant need for validation rubs me the wrong way.

  16. Just no says:

    People has been steadily going to the dogs for years. They get few scoops and are busy reporting depressing stories about sickness and death because they have no other content.

  17. Mark says:

    Lemme guess the interview will be full of humble bragging and namedropping.

    • K says:

      And talk of her vagina she always makes sure to talk of her vagina. Her and Lena love to discuss it like its some accomplishment she has one nope just genetic coding.

  18. Cupcake says:

    Intriguing is just not a word to describe Amy Schumer. Maybe she could win the baby face award for 2015?

  19. Tiffany :) says:

    First, I think that Amy did something incredible by creating comedy that starred a female that MANY men went to go see. Her film gave Apatow his 2nd biggest opening ever. That is a huge accomplishment. She also had skits from her TV show go viral (Last F-able Day and 12 Angry Men, etc.) Being able to be so successful in both TV and film in one year is a big deal.

    I don’t think that she is similar to Lena, and honestly, it is kind of cheap to say “their both comedy chicks, they are the same”. What they have accomplished and their “comedy” styles are so different.

    • Lambda says:

      You must be a much more thoughtful person than me to write so measuredly about the same points that irritated me quickly in the post above. I don’t care about People’s lists, but it is lazy to conflate all the female comedians (or maybe all the ones who don’t look like models?), I get that perception of humor is not transferable, you either find somebody funny or not, and that’s fair, but I suspect a lot of people know Amy from her interviews and not her comedy. Her skits are not only funny but borderline subversive when it comes to gender roles. I hope she surrounds herself with good writers.

  20. Kitty says:

    Nah. She’s not intriguing in the least. She’s grating and awful, just like Lena Dunham. It’s People Magazine, but there are still more fitting winners for this superlative.

  21. Heather says:

    hell no! cant stand this person she isn’t funny

  22. Emilye\ says:

    She is the boldest and most interesting comedian to come along in years. She has her finger on the cultural pulse, firing on all kinds of cylinders about women, men, love, sex, appearance. She is brilliant. She is doing what a comedian should do: pointing out truths and making people uncomfortable.

  23. La La Land says:

    Amy Schumer is very capable of being entertainingly funny … that’s even if she hacks/’borrows’ people’s sentiments, jokes, BOOK, TWEETS … but then that’s how she gets ideas from. I (heh, hi there :)) happen to be one of her muses (from a twitter page that’s poked fun of her from time to time). My page has a few very peculiar references of which some were on mentioned at her Apollo show. Very annoyed, but I guess that’s what comedians tend to do anyway. She even ripped off sentiments from a book I’ve been marketing for over a year. They’re also kind of peculiar and I guess anyone reading would have to trust me on that. Or not. Trust me I was fuming annoyed to say the least that I could have cried … yes me book was a flop.

    So. Because she’s done this and she’s become a celeb u tard, I’ve lost some respect for her. Yet, I can’t say she’s as bad as Tina Fey. I’m just glad Tina Fey is out for good. I’d rather Schumer be lauded as funniest white woman for the next ten years than to see T Fey over and over again.

  24. Jbean says:

    I’d like to hear about (or be ‘intrigued’ by) ppl I DON’T know that well…thus, the intrigue. This is a boring list. I look to these things to interest and educate me, and this list did neither.