Amy Schumer is officially an Emmy winner.
The funny lady of the year walked away with a golden statue Sunday night for her Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer,” which won for outstanding variety sketch series, beating out “Drunk History,” “Key and Peele,” “Portlandia” and “Saturday Night Live.’
“We care so much about this show,” Schumer said during her acceptance speech at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, during which she thanked her sister and her Comedy Central writing staff who helped her get the courage to create the “sex show” of her dreams, she quipped.
Garnering laughs from the audience, the “Trainwreck” star added, “Thanks everybody who has helped me — and the girl who gave me sort of a smokey eye. I really love it.”
Later, in the press room, Schumer joked that she would celebrate by happily making out with anyone who asked and was ready to “black out.” She was also serious, at moments, thanking the many women in her life who have encouraged her “not just in my career, [but] in my whole life.”
“My best friends are all female comics, my friends from high school, my sister … I feel very supported by women,” she said.
Schumer also appreciated that the Academy included the sketch category, a new addition this year.
“We were very grateful that they gave sketch its own category,” she said. “We were all big fans of ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert’ and we sort of felt that we shouldn’t compete against them. It’s exciting. I love sketch. I think of what we do is writing scenes, which everybody laughs about behind my back.”
Schumer was also nominated for best comedy actress at the Emmy Awards, though “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the award in that category. In the press room, Louis-Dreyfus said, “I was very moved to have won again.”
Before the Emmys began, “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels spoke to Variety about his competition in the variety sketch series, admitting he’d be happy for “Inside Amy Schumer” to win. “We’ve won enough times,” he said with a laugh.