On Monday night, the eve of the premiere of her new Netflix stand-up special “Growing,’’ comedian Amy Schumer wrote a heartfelt Instagram post thanking everyone involved, with a loving shout out to her husband, Martha’s Vineyard chef Chris Fischer.
“But thank you to my husband, Chris, who has kept me going during this pregnancy,’’ Schumer wrote. “His willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful.”
“He makes me laugh more than anyone and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend. I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was and it is and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family.’’
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My special #GROWING is available starting at midnight tonight! Thanks to the editors @kellylyonedit and @cplatas - assistant editor. @florianballhaus the DP @ryanecunningham for all post work. @rayangry for the incredible music @berniekaminski for line producing. @marcusraboydirector for watching my back while I was on stage. @tomlappinn for his camera work @kimmykuppkakes for hair @andrea_tiller for makeup @hatchgal for my dress. All the local Chicago crew from the camera ops to the PAs. Stage manager. @513designstudio for the set!Lighting design by Robert Peterson. Prompter. Everything ran so smooth! Catering to ushers. To the great audience and the people of Chicago. I am very proud of my work on this as the director and that my production company produced this. It was hard work and i was sick and pregnant. Thanks for believing i could do it @netflixisajoke Especially Robbie Lisa and Grig and Ted! Thanks @miacomedy and @janellejamescomedy for getting the crowd right. Thanks berk! Thanks to @mugsykane and @kimcaramele and @mofischhh for helping me every step of the way and telling me if my jokes sucked and slowly manipulating me into doing it at a gorgeous theater instead of a little club. @chicagotheatre is astounding. But more than anyone and im assuming no one is reading this anymore. But thank you to my husband, Chris who has kept me going during this pregnancy. His willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful. He makes me laugh more than anyone and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend. I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was and it is and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family. This special is dedicated to my friend @clubsodakenny son Doug and to our new baby who will be joining us very very soon.
In “Growing,’’ which is now streaming, Schumer focuses on the major updates in her life since her 2017 special: her marriage and pregnancy. But the comedian also touched on some of the more serious parts of her life, namely a diagnostic revelation about her husband.
“I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,’’ Schumer said. “My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s. He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum.’’
“And once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,’’ she said. “That’s the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.’’
Schumer, who has battled severe nausea throughout her pregnancy, has been open with her fans about preparing for baby — vomiting on video, posting photos that showed her hooked up to an IV, even canceling her comedy tour because of health issues. It’s all in keeping with who she is as a person and a performer. As Schumer told the New York Times this month, “Being cool is powerful in this industry, but there’s nothing more powerful than not giving a [expletive].’’