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Amy Schumer's "The Foodroom" Deep-Fries Aaron Sorkin

by Sam Adams
April 15, 2014 12:17 PM
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Josh Charles and Amy Schumer in "The Foodroom"

Aaron Sorkin's style has become so recognizable it almost parodies itself, but this clip from tonight's episode of "Inside Amy Schumer" does more than serve up screwball dialogue and walk-and-talks. In fact, despite its open-credits invocation of "The Newsroom's" portentous fanfare, "The Foodroom" doesn't go after Sorkin's style so much as his worldview. Watch first, then let's discuss.

"Sports Night" veteran Josh Charles knows Sorkin's house style cold, but he's not aping it the way he did during his post-"Good Wife" EPSN cameo. Nor does Schumer try to squeeze herself into the Jimmy Choos of Sorkin's typical feather-brained heroines: When she coos to Charles' fast-food manager that "A woman’s life is worth nothing unless she’s making a great man greater," you don't get the sense that even she believes it. What's most enjoyable is the way "The Foodroom" skewers the underlying premise of all of Sorkin's shows -- that what these people are doing matters, dammit. (Check the disconnect between the Defcon 1 tension inside the restaurant and the diffident school bus driver without.) This isn't one of those parodies where you feel like, deep down, the people who made it really love the thing they're poking fun at. It's a scorched-earth polemic in sketch-comedy form, one that were Sorkin susceptible to criticism at all would prompt a long, hard look in the mirror.

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  • pixelpop | April 17, 2014 3:55 PMReply

    Did anyone else catch Sorkin himself in this video? Disguised with a blue hat, long hair and goatee. Makes me wonder if he might have actually written the bit. Would explain why a star like Josh Charles would even consider being on this show.

  • gay | April 15, 2014 12:28 PMReply

    not funny, aaron sorkin is a sh!t writer, but this isn't funny. women cant be funny . (period.. lol)

  • Ryan Jameson | April 15, 2014 1:48 PM

    Amy Schumer is great, she can play many different characters and knows when to be over to the top and when not to be. Her show is incredible and I hope it runs for a very long time. To the comment above, get out of the 19th Century.

  • HAHAHA | April 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    ^^ Watch out guys we have a comedian over hear.

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