Amy Schumer’s Book Sells for More Than Double the Standard for Celebrity Comedians


Given that just about any comedian who hits a certain level of fame is expected (and of course, paid tons of money) to translate their comedy into often chuckle-worthy (yet poignant!) essays, memoir, etceteras, it was only a matter of time before Amy Schumer landed a huge book deal. Turns out “huge” is an understatement.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Schumer’s agent David Kuhn was bringing her book of comedy essays around to assorted publishing houses, but asking them for a bid before they were even granted a meeting with the comedian. The result: a purchase, from a yet undisclosed publication, for somewhere between $8 and $10 million. (Vanity Fair predicts the purchaser was Random House — as they released Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling’s books.) So in case you were worried she’d have to sell her brand new Emmy to make rent, fear not: Schumer just received the (very approximate) equivalent of 80 non-Amy Schumer memoir advances. (Or, put in more fathomable terms: approximately 2.5 Aziz Ansari or Lena Dunham advances and 1.5 Tina Fey advances).