Things get serious for comedian during her pregnancy, as HBO Max shows
Many people give birth. Most don’t have a series made about it.
But then, most people aren’t Amy Schumer.
The comedian-actress and husband Chris Fischer welcomed son Gene David in May 2019. Their path to parenthood — which turned out to be quite challenging — is traced in “Expecting Amy,” an unscripted three-part HBO Max series she produced for the nascent streaming service, which debuts it Thursday, July 9. The documentary traces Schumer’s continuation of performances on tour during her pregnancy, eventually covering 42 cities and 60 shows en route to the planned taping of a special in Chicago.
While she’s certainly no stranger to series work, thanks principally to her four seasons of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” that Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show involved a heightened reality. Though she’s also made “Amy Schumer Learns to Cook” for Food Network lately, “Expecting Amy” is the real deal for Schumer, detailing how she dealt with one of the most intimate and personal experiences for any woman.
Indeed, the program traces that from the moment she posted her social-media announcement that she was “with child.” However, “Expecting Amy” (directed and edited by Alexander Hammer, who worked with Beyoncé on Netflix’s “Homecoming”) also backs up to show events that set the stage for Schumer to become a mother, tracing earlier times in her relationship with Fischer, whom she married in February 2018.
Their wedding vows are shown in the series, and their pledge to stick by each other soon would face a big test from Schumer’s pregnancy complications. She battled hyperemesis gravidarum, a side effect that Kate Middleton also experienced with all three of her pregnancies. It’s marked by continual nausea and vomiting, dehydration and loss of weight, and Schumer noted in an Instagram post that she “felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy.”
Nevertheless, she also has said that she and Fischer were thinking about having a second child before the coronavirus pandemic hit. While they’re waiting on that for the time being, “Expecting Amy” serves as a video diary of what already has made them Mom and Dad.