Director Alex Hammer on Expecting Amy


This weekend showcase with an interview with Alex Hamer. He directed and edited, expecting Amy the new, many docuseries comedian Amy Schumer, who went on tour after learning that she was pregnant. You join Amy and her husband, chef Chris Fischer. From the beginning of her rocky pregnancy to the birth, all as she travels across the country, making others laugh. She's very funny, but what I thought we were going to see was, you know Comedy on stage. It would be like a Chris Rock special or Dave Sopel special, but it's not so much being funny on stage. Is it her being a person who's funny on and offstage but you're mostly looking at her backstage and in her personal life, right? Yeah, I mean, it starts with her creating are developing a special that you want to film them along the way she finds out that she's pregnant while she's on a 40 city tour, So it's always a curveball and like trying to develop her stand up special when she's working on on the road. And and increasingly becoming more and more pregnant, becoming sick because of that, because, uh, lucky symptoms coming from that she goes through a very difficult pregnancy. She cannot keep food down. And sometimes in the toilet minutes before she goes on to stage and Can you and seems to kill on stage, right? I mean, you were there was her comedy Good every night. Yeah, I think later on in the theories talked about like she can always perform regardless of how she feels, because it's something that you kind of drop into. And it all looks like spend. Ah, how you're feeling because you're in a different zone and become very clear with a lot of performers I think go to got to. Yeah, I turned it on. You know, I thought that was one of the more interesting observations about it, she said. You sometimes forget What you're doing is making people happy. What you do is we could hear them laughing. You go. Okay, that's working. Or maybe that's not working. And then you refine your your act as you work your way through, Say, a tour. But it's not like you're going up there. Philanthropic Lee trying to make people happy, It's a job you're doing. You're doing it as well as you can. Oh, and by the way people laugh when you do your job. Well, that's part of my citizens. Isn't that fascinating? Yeah, I think that a lot of people who you know is it is work. Any kind of entertainment is a lot of work to really home here on your craft and instruments. Forget like what you're bringing to an autumn because you're so focused on making something perfect. Not to name drop because I can't but only recently talked to Barry Manilow. Barry Manilow had a new album coming out this year, and he and the New York Times he and I talked about this, he said. I don't have fun. When I'm up there. I'm trying to deliver something. And I'm always cognizant of how I'm doing. And when I'm done if you enjoyed it, I'm happy about that. But, um I enjoying the music up there the way you are. No, I'm working on my job. Yeah, work. Really? And this was shot with a smartphone or smartphones. Is that right? On. It was a combination of like, basically whatever they could get their hands on a lot of really personal footage from her husband, Chris, and then they brought on somebody that he's been working with on tour forever. Market special price You shot a large portion of it as well. Interviews backstage and in their home, So the Knicks of all types of Snap and grab type stuff. And it kind of worked for

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