Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo
Written byAmy Schumer
Directed byChris Rock
StarringAmy Schumer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Amy Schumer
  • Jimmy Miller
  • Mike Berkowitz
  • Tony Hernandez
  • Steven Ast
  • Kim Caramele
  • Kevin Kane
  • John Skidmore
Running time1 hour
Production companyJax Media
Original networkHBO
Original releaseOctober 17, 2015 (2015-10-17)

Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo is an hour-long comedy special from Amy Schumer that premiered on HBO on October 17, 2015.[1] The special was recorded in May 2015[2] with comedian Chris Rock directing;[3] Rock's work earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.[4] Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo also received Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.[5][6] The special also earned a Writer's Guild of America nomination.[7]


Reviewing the special in Paste, Garrett Martin described the topics of Schumer's special as similar to the stand-up clips in her television show Inside Amy Schumer, but "she’s matured as a comedian—she’s able to get bigger and better laughs with material that’s a little bit subtler than in the past."[8] In Slate, Willa Paskin said much of the special was "funny and scathing" but while "Schumer often makes fun of both herself and of gender standards, which can be a cannily self-deprecating way of skewering the status quo...sometimes [this] just seems like an inadvertent upholding of it."[9]


In 2017, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.


  1. ^ "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo". HBO. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Lowman, Rob (October 14, 2015). "Review: Amy Schumer livens it up with Apollo special on HBO". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  3. ^ Bacle, Ariana (7 March 2017). "6 (Mostly) NSFW Highlights from Amy Schumer's New Netflix Special". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  4. ^ "2016 Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special Nominees/Winners". Primetime Emmy Awards. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Primetime Emmy Awards – Variety Special Nominees/Winners". Primetime Emmy Awards. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special Nominees/Winners". Primetime Emmy Awards. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Kelley, Seth (10 January 2017). "New Amy Schumer Stand-Up Special to Debut on Netflix in March". Variety. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ Martin, Garrett (October 16, 2015). "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo Review". Paste. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Paskin, Willa (19 October 2015). "Amy Schumer's HBO Special Live at the Apollo Was Funny—but Frustrating". Slate. Retrieved 4 April 2017.