Rockville Centre-raised Amy Schumer nominated for Tony Award


Rockville Centre-raised comedian Amy Schumer has been nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway-debut performance in Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower,” which opened last November.

Schumer, 36, a 1999 graduate of South Side High School, played Corky in the play — a comedy set in Ojai, Calif. about two married couples having a dinner party — and will vie for the Best Leading Actress in a Play distinction next month. The Tony Awards ceremony will be held on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, and will be hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.

Earning award nominations is nothing new for Schumer, who has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015 for “Inside Amy Schumer.” She also received nominations for Best Original Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America and was up for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her 2015 debut film, “Trainwreck.”

Other Tony nominations for Best Leading Actress in a Play include Glenda Jackson, of “Three Tall Women,” Condola Rashad of “Saint Joan,” and Lauren Ridloff, of “Children of a Lesser God.”

The nominee comes after Forbes magazine ranked Schumer No. 5 on a list of the highest-earning comedians from June 2016 to June 2017 with an estimated $37.5 million made in that period. Schumer is also currently starring in “I Feel Pretty,” a film in which she plays an insecure woman who wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. It hit theaters on April 20. She is also slated to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on May 12.