Exclusive: Watch Amy Schumer’s Spot-On Parody of Aaron Sorkin Starring Josh Charles

Slate's Culture Blog
April 15 2014 9:00 AM

Exclusive: Watch Amy Schumer’s Spot-On Parody of Aaron Sorkin Starring Josh Charles

Josh Charles and Amy Schumer in "The Food Room."
Josh Charles and Amy Schumer in "The Foodroom."

Photo by Matt Peyton Photography LLC © 2013 Matthew Peyton/Comedy Central

Josh Charles has been doing something of a victory lap following his shocking departure from The Good Wife last month. A few weeks ago he went on Olbermann as Dan Rydell, his Sports Night alter-ego. If you’re looking for more Aaron Sorkin fun, in tonight’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer he joins Schumer for “The Foodroom,” a parody of Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin, and we have the exclusive clip:

As Willa Paskin noted in her review of Season 2, “Inside Amy Schumer has become the most consistently feminist show on television, a sketch comedy series in which nearly every bit is devoted in some capacity to gender politics.” So it’s not surprising that this sketch nails Sorkin not just for his usual manufactured crises and sped-up dialogue, but for his approach to gender: Schumer knows that, in the work of Aaron Sorkin, “A woman’s life is worth nothing unless she’s making a great man greater.”

Miriam Krule is a Slate assistant editor.

 

TODAY IN SLATE

Jurisprudence

Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

Culturebox

Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.

Television

The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
  Life
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.