Amy Schumer: ‘I Got Famous By Playing A Racist White Republican’

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Amy Schumer became famous by playing a racist Republican during her standup.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old comedian was asked if she ever felt like she had “gotten away from herself” during her comedy.

“I used to play a character onstage, really irreverent, kind of a racist,” Schumer responded. “I played this very privileged, white Republican chick. And that’s not who I am.”

“I did not grow up with money. I’m a Democrat.” (RELATED: Amy Schumer Wants More Restrictive Gun Control Laws After ‘Trainwreck’ Shooting)

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But Schumer said she now feels like she’s “evolved.” (RELATED: Amy Schumer Says Her Gun Control Plan Is Simple)

“I just keep getting closer and closer to myself onstage,” she added. “I don’t regret any jokes I’ve said, but as a comic, hopefully, you’re evolving.”

“And there is something really appealing about people letting themselves be vulnerable, because being a comic is so much about control — which makes the introvert thing a little less surprising. Because I’ll be alone all day, and my only interaction will be with thousands of people in the crowd that I don’t have to talk back to. And if they talk back, I’m allowed to throw them out.”

“But, hopefully, you get closer and closer to yourself.” (RELATED: Amy Schumer Continues Anti-Gun Crusade: ‘We Need Outcry’)