Every episode of Inside Amy Schumer deserves to be talked about, but there’s always one segment that rises above the rest and necessitates a little extra conversation. In lieu of recapping full episodes, we’re here to help you with water-cooler conversation by letting you know which sketch was an absolute must-watch.
Two episodes in, it seems like part of season three’s heightened ambition—not to mention production value—is the regular inclusion of music videos. Last week’s premiere opened with “Milk Milk Lemonade,” a spoof of “Anaconda”-style ass anthems featuring Amber Rose and Method Man. But while the tune was undeniably catchy, its sophomoric punchline (“This is where my poop comes out!”) lacked the nuance, and the bite, of Schumer’s best material.
Enter “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup,” in which a One Direction-style boy band delivers yet another condescending ode to natural beauty…until they actually see Amy sans makeup. Over the next two minutes, the boys backpedal furiously and give Amy increasingly harsh beauty advice, from “I can’t be seen with the ghost from The Ring” to “Think of a clown and then work your way back!” It all adds up to a biting satire of both the social currency men earn for claiming they prefer women without makeup and their frequent ignorance of what no makeup—instead of “no-makeup makeup”—really looks like. The sketch is reminiscent of an excellent bit from Chelsea Peretti’s 2014 Netflix special One of the Greats, with the added bonus of spot-on casting and “generic pop anthem” sound.