Amy Schumer has been criticised for interrupting another comedian’s performance to practice for her upcoming hosting stint on Saturday Night Live.
Schumer made a surprise appearance at New York City comedy club Carolines on Broadway on Wednesday (Tuesday in the US) and tried to get on stage during up-and-coming comedian Brendan Sagalow’s performance.
According to Page Six, Schumer asked the manager if she could get up on stage and when he declined to let her cut Sagalow’s set short, she responded, “But I’m Amy Schumer!”
Schumer got her way in the end, reportedly “barging” on stage to perform the monologue she’d prepared for her performance on the NBC skit comedy show this weekend.
Schumer interrupted Sagalow to ask: “Brendan! It’s Amy Schumer, can I do 10 minutes really quick?” to which Sagalow responded, “Of course”.
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Sagalow addressed the incident in his podcast, The Stupid Little Podcast, on Thursday (Wednesday US time) in an episode titled The I‘m Not Mad at Amy Schumer Episode.
“I had a very weird thing happen that I don’t know how to react to … I’m reacting fine but it’s making me think I’m crazy because everybody else has all these different reactions to it,” Sagalow said.
“I’m five minutes into my set and … off to the side I hear, ‘Hey Brendan, it’s Amy Schumer, can I do 10 minutes?’ In the middle of my set, like I had just gone up.
“I was like, ‘Of course’, that was my honest reaction, that’s the first thing that came to me.
“Everybody was like, ‘You should be mad, what a bitch, that’s an awful thing to do.’
“Which … it is. It is a pretty sh–tty thing to do at my first headlining set with all my friends and family there, but I think it’s a good thing.”
Sagalow admitted to feeling “a little weird” about being booted off the stage, but said ultimately the experience was a confidence booster.
“I was not afraid of this at all, I was not afraid of having to bounce back. It was the first time ever in my entire life I felt confidence about anything,” he said.
“I’m actually happy, this is a good thing, now everyone thinks I’m friends with Amy, she knows my name, she follows me on Instagram which she mentioned, which is great.”