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Amy Schumer is back with a new Netflix special and it’s her most relatable yet

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The comedian has a new stand up show on the streaming platform and hilarious doesn’t even begin to cover it. 

“So here’s the thing. You’re pregnant, but you don’t change who you are,” Amy Schumer begins in her new comedy special Growing. “You don’t stop being you. You don’t stop working. Or drinking.”

Schumer is back in a brand new comedy special on Netflix – her second for the streaming platform – and she’s never been more hilarious. 

Since we last saw her on a stand up stage, Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in a surprise ceremony and announced that the couple were expecting their first child. “Everything is copy,” as the late Nora Ephron once said, and all the highlights of Schumer’s last year have made it into her show. 

From jokes about how proposals are misrepresented in popular culture to what it’s like to be a bridesmaid in your late 30s, Growing builds on Schumer’s canon of blisteringly funny projects examining life as a modern woman. And here is the first trailer: 

Schumer fans who got in on the ground floor will find plenty to love, but there’s something about the show’s tone and pace that reminds us of Netflix’s recent smash-hit stand up special from comedian Ali Wong.

Called Hard Knock Wife, Wong’s special was delivered while she was in her third trimester, and saw her take on everything from breastfeeding to screen time and returning to work. “I’ve been with my baby girl since she was born, all day every day, and I love her so much,” Wong said in her special. “But I’m on the verge of putting her in the garbage.” 

Growing and Hard Knock Wife seem to share the same comedic DNA: honesty, openness and a hilarious crude streak. 

Go on, what’s your favourite joke from Schumer’s special? Ours just might be the comedian’s evisceration of bridesmaid culture.

“Everybody got married, I was the last one,” Schumer says. “I think I don’t have to be a bridesmaid anymore. When you get in your late 30s there’s just no dignity to it, it’s me in a Coachella flower halo hoping i’m not the bridesmaid with the biggest arm.”

She even manages to make fun of hyperemesis gravidarum, the extreme morning sickness that Schumer contracted in the early stages of her pregnancy. “If you had a good pregnancy, if you’re someone who enjoyed being pregnant, I just hope your car flips over. That’s what I wish for you,” Schumer jokes. 

Schumer’s hyperemesis was so bad in her first trimester that she was hospitalised. The morning sickness has returned in her final trimester, forcing her to cancel the remaining dates of her US comedy tour this month. In a statement to her fans on social media, Schumer explained that although she and the baby are healthy, her doctor has advised her not to fly in the final few weeks before she is due.

“I have a pretty good attitude about it and some days I feel good for a couple hours. But mostly it sucks,” she wrote. “I wanted to push through and do my shows. Because I hate letting people down and I love stand up and money! But more than that I have to think about my health and the baby.” 

Growing will stream on Netflix from 19 March.

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