Amy Schumer opens up to GQ about using her own experiences as punch lines

By Emily Zauzmer
Updated July 20, 2015 02:45 PM
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Amy Schumer famously speaks her mind, whether skewering sexism or roasting celebrities from Bill Cosby to Kim Kardashian to Al Roker.

But while the comedian, 34, has a knack for doling out the insults, she proudly places herself front and center as the target of her own jokes. “I’m putting my dirty laundry out there, and I don’t want to be around people who pretend they don’t have any,” she tells GQ in its new cover story.

Schumer’s dirty laundry is wide-ranging – she spills to the magazine, in which she poses provocatively as a naughty Princess Leia, about a sexual encounter she had with a taxi driver, her onetime relationship with a sex addict that helped inspire Bill Hader‘s character in Trainwreck, and her thoughts on her own shelf life as a celebrity.

“I truly feel I’m getting a lot of attention right now and it’s just a ticking time bomb. Like, I wonder what the thing is going to be that will make people want to burn me at the stake. There’s no way to control it. I think it will be really arbitrary and a misunderstanding,” says Schumer, who defended herself in June after coming under fire for barbs she made about race.

Despite the naysayers, “I’m not going to shut up,” Schumer proclaims to GQ. “And I think people only want women to speak for so long. They build you up, and then they’re just ready to tear you down.”

She also hopes that her self-skewering humor helps inspire a certain sense of truthfulness – and, ultimately, emboldens the women who watch her.

“It was empowering to put all those insults about myself out there,” says Schumer. “I love being in my own skin, and I hope other women start feeling better about themselves and waste less energy being ashamed of their bodies.”