Amy Schumer Is Connecting With Fans By Giving Them Her Phone Number
She’s reading a book titled Storey’s Guide To Raising Rabbits while typing furiously on her keyboard.
“Yes, that’s how I’ll raise them,” she says as she puts the book down and takes off her glasses.
Then, noticing the camera: “Oh hi! It’s me, Amy Schumer, with some exciting news. I now have a phone number where the people who follow me on social media can text me and I can write you back. I can also update you when I’m in your town. And uh, yeah, I’m really excited. I wanted to have a more personal experience with the people who like me. That sounds super creepy but I do mean it. And my number’s below. I hope you’ll text me.”
“+1 (917) 970-9333 ok this is a phone number Where I can respond and also let you know what I’m up to. I hope you join my community!” she captioned the post.
It’s an unusual move for a celebrity to seek out such a direct form of communication with her fans, but Schumer is an unusual celebrity.
The post was met with a mix of enthusiasm and skepticism.
Many fans expressed their excitement at the prospect of connecting with Schumer.
“This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Amy I think you have just created something new that will catch on! You are a genius ahead of your time!” wrote one fan.
“This is so cool! Your the best!!” commented another.
Some fans expressed worry that the comedian is trying to “scam” them.
“Oh you mean where all these celebs send me endless plugs for things I cant buy. Oh gee. I feel So CONNECTED,” wrote one Instagram user.
Upon texting the number Schumer provided, the texter receives this automated message: “Hey It’s Amy! Thank you for texting me! Please click the link so you can add yourself to my phone! I will do my best to answer you and let you know what I’m up to once in a while. [celebratory emoji]”
The link leads to a page where the user can input their name, gender identity, birthday, city, and email (optional).
Amy Shumer is loving connecting with her fans
A few days later, on Wednesday November 14, Schumer updated her following.
“I’m loving connecting with people at this phone number. I’m getting back to as many people as I can and reading many. Here is my favorite one from today. The phone number to reach me is in my bio,” she wrote.
She then shared a few screenshots of texts from someone who wanted to thank the comedian for inspiring her.
The fan shared this quote: “she has been through hell. So believe me when I say fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.”
“oooo I love that quote. Thank you for sharing,” responded Schumer.
After her latest post, fans seem to be less skeptical.
It really does seem as though Schumer simply wants to form a “community” of “people who like [her]”–say hello, share some quotes, maybe exchange rabbit-raising tips… Is that so hard to believe?