Schumer was born on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, the daughter of Sandra (née Jones) and Gordon Schumer, who owned a baby furniture company. She has a younger sister, Kimberly, who is a comedy writer and a producer, and a brother, Jason Stein, who is a musician in Chicago, Illinois. Gordon is a cousin of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, making Amy Schumer and Chuck Schumer first cousins once removed. Her great-grandmother, Estelle Schumer, was a bootlegger in Manhattan.
Schumer's father is Jewish and her mother is from a Protestant background (of English, German, Scottish and Welsh descent). She was raised Jewish. Her godmother is actress Judith Light, who was a neighbor. She grew up in a wealthy family in Manhattan and Long Island. Her family went bankrupt when she was nine, and her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; her parents divorced three years later. She attended South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York and was voted both "Class Clown" and "Teacher's Worst Nightmare" upon graduation in 1999. She graduated from Towson University in 2003 with a degree in theater. She moved to New York City after college, where she studied at the William Esper Studio for two years and worked as a bartender and a waitress.
Amy Schumer (born 1981) is an American stand-up comedian from Long Island, New York, living in Brooklyn, New York.
She is best known for placing 2nd on Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back.
She also placed 4th on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 5.
She is the niece of New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
As a child, Schumer would make up her own characters, such as Madame Lavitsky, a fortune teller.
After college, Schumer moved to New York City to become an actress.
She bar-tended and waited tables while she auditioned for various roles.
At one point, Schumer portrayed a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer in the off-Broadway Show Keeping A Breast.
Amy started doing stand-up comedy on June 1, 2004, where she first performed at Gotham Comedy Club.
Last Comic Standing became her biggest accomplishment up to that point, where she finished fourth and was the top woman in that season.
Amy's favorite comedians are Judy Gold, Jess Kirson, Wendy Liebman, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, and Ellen DeGeneres.
She is also a New York Mets fan.
On 22 February 2008, Amy was the guest co-host on the XM radio show "The Black Phillip Show", hosted by New York comedian Patrice Oneal.
In the summer of 2008, Amy was one of the 10 comedians participating in Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back. She performed even better on this television show, taking 2nd place.