TV Club: Inside Amy Schumer: Three Buttholes

This is going to sound weird, but this was a weird episode: Inside Amy Schumer has three buttholes.

I know a television show can’t have any buttholes, this is a gross metaphor. Buttholes are channels, routes. Considering that the opening sketch in “Three Buttholes” features a man getting lost inside a cavernous vagina and the title sketch is straight up about someone having three buttholes, it’s an appropriately gross metaphor. Inside Amy has three different operational routes. The “first butthole” is the finest—biting, surprising satire, often with explicitly feminist messages or cultural comments. Most of this season’s biggest successes (“Football Town Nights” and “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer”) work in this mode. Inside Amy staffer Christine Nangle is an expert “first butthole” writer. But if the show only worked in this mode, it’d be unbalanced. It needs another butthole.

The “second butthole” is Schumer …

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