My favorite all-time Inside Amy Schumer sketch is “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup,” from
our third season episode “Cool With It.”
This video was a massive collaboration, and it’s an example
of every department on the show firing on all cylinders -- not just writing but
production design, casting, wardrobe, hair and makeup, choreography, camera
department, locations, and, of course, our incredible director Ryan McFaul and
cinematographer Jon Furmanski.
The initial idea came from our writer Kurt Metzger, who also
wrote the first draft of the lyrics. We paired him up with writer Kyle
Dunnigan, who has a music background, and Kyle began working out a basic melody
and structure for the song. The lyrics came back into the writers’ room
for punch-up and the entire staff pitched in on the jokes. Eventually, Kyle
pulled in his colleague Jim Roach to produce and record the final audio
The “boy band” in the music video was assembled from scratch
by our casting director Gayle Keller. We needed four guys who looked like
a convincing boy band, but who could also dance and lip sync flawlessly while
hitting the comic nuance. The first time we saw them rehearse the dance on
set, the entire staff burst into spontaneous applause and we knew this was
going to be a standout sketch.
One thing I especially love about the sketch is Amy’s
performance. It’s almost entirely wordless, so it’s all in her expressions
and reactions, and it’s just incredibly funny. Everyone knows how gifted
Amy is with dialogue, but this was able to show another side of her abilities.
Ultimately, the song won the Emmy for Best Original Music
& Lyrics. It was our first Emmy, given at the Creative Arts Awards a
week before we won for Best Variety Sketch Series. On the sketch’s YouTube
page there are lots of comments along the lines of “this would be a real hit
song if it wasn’t a sketch” and “does anyone know if this is a real boy band?” I
think that’s what I’m most proud of.
Inside Amy Schumer
season four, including a look inside the writers’ room, is now available on DVD.