The star shares exclusive personal highlights from her very big year


Amy Schumer had a life-changing 2015, but she says one moment stands out from all the rest.

“Hosting Saturday Night Live was the highlight of my year,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “It was a dream come true.”

In other career peaks, the newly minted A-lister, 34, nabbed an Emmy in September for her Comedy Central hit Inside Amy Schumer and saw her romantic comedy Trainwreck soar to the top of the summer box office.

With a series of inspiring speeches advocating for gender equality and female empowerment, the New Yorker and former reality TV star (she came in fourth on Last Comic Standing in 2007) established herself as a powerful voice in Hollywood – and teamed with her cousin, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, to call for stricter gun control laws.

The writer-director-star was also responsible for some of the year’s buzziest moments. In a force-of-nature pairing that inspired friendship envy on a global scale, she and Jennifer Lawrence did everything from form a human pyramid to dance atop Billy Joel’s piano – and then just last month, Schumer made headlines around the world again with her nearly nude Pirelli calendar photo shoot.

For Amy’s exclusive photo diary from her big year, along with all the other stars who made PEOPLE’s “25 Most Intriguing People” of 2015 list, pick up this week’s special double issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday