Amy Schumer is no stranger to ticking people off, but it’s usually because of her raunchy jokes and stance on gun control. This time, a bunch of her fans are peeved after paying $80 for a too-short show in Portland.
The short show in question took place on Saturday and fans said the 7:30 p.m. performance ran somewhere between 35 to 45 minutes long. Amy had another show at 10:30 p.m., and that one lasted about an hour.
Fans immediately took to social media to rip Schumer for the short show and, according to one fan, not being very funny. Some demanded refunds, including Richard Machlin, 63, the Portland Press Herald reported.
“If I had been told ahead of time that I would have to pay $80 for 35 minutes, I wouldn’t have done it.”
As comparison, when Kathy Griffin performed in Portland, her show ran two hours. As for Jerry Seinfeld, he told jokes for a full 70 minutes. Ann Colbourn, who attended Schumer’s short show as well, said that tickets for the early show went on sale five days before the late one. In her opinion, those who bought their tickets right away were punished for being excited to see Amy’s show.
“When the lights went on, the whole arena was kind of stunned,” she said.
Now, Amy Schumer has some explaining, and apologizing, to do. So far, she’s done plenty of it. According to Amy, this is what happened.
The short set, according to Amy’s estimation, was 47 minutes long, and was so short because she had two audiences to accommodate, the New York Daily News reported. In a tweet, Schumer said she had to keep the first showing short to “move the next crowd in,” and keep it under 70 minutes.
However, the Herald pointed out that keeping the first show short left a gap of in two hours before the 10:30, which the paper didn’t consider necessary. The man who manages the Portland arena, Matt Herpich, didn’t explain why two shows were scheduled or why so much time was needed between them.
He also said Schumer did “two full shows” and there would be no refunds, and praised Amy for an “awesome” performance in which she “really connected” with the audience. He didn’t seem troubled by the angry fan comments online.
On Monday, Amy addressed the controversy directly on Portland TV station WCSH-6, admitting that she felt horrible, but denied the show was short because of laziness. It was, quite simply, a “rookie mistake.”
“I really appreciate that people spend money and they choose to spend their time with me. It’s a really big deal to me… While I was onstage it was a great show and the crowd was awesome. I love performing. It felt weird to get offstage and them people on Twitter were like, ‘That is?’ and I was like, ‘I knew it felt short. I feel horrible about it.’ “
While one fan, Kirsten Read, hit below the belt and said Amy Schumer “phoned it in,” most other fans gave Amy good marks for comedy, even if the act was a bit short.
Meanwhile, Amy is ticking off a different group of people in a totally different way, standing beside her cousin and New York State Senator Chuck Schumer to launch a “crusade on guns” after she hosted Glamour’s 25th annual “Women of the Year” awards ceremony Monday night, ABC News reported.
Amy has been a vocal gun control advocate since a gunman opened fire in a theater during a showing of her movie, Trainwreck. in Lafayette, Louisiana, this summer. Two women were killed and nine others injured — the gunman then killed himself.
According to People, Schumer said she’s still heartbroken over the shooting, and her opinions on gun control remain steadfast.
“If you’ve been convicted of domestic violence or you’re severely mentally ill, I don’t think you should be able to get a gun. It seems pretty simple, but people’s reaction is, ‘She wants to take our guns.’ “
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