Amy Schumer never shy away from sharing the messy, unfiltered, intimate aspects of her life. But her upcoming Hulu comedy drama Life & Beth possibly her most personal project to date.
The streaming service has released the first trailer for Life & Beth on Tuesday, and it provides a glimpse into the seemingly perfect New York City life of Schumer’s iconic protagonist. Drawing on experiences from Schumer’s teenage years, defined by her father’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis, the show will emerge amid the present day, as Beth faces her 40th birthday and many decades ago, when she was going through her teenage years.
As the trailer reveals, Beth’s life is far from perfect. She hasn’t completed her successful but boring career as a liquor distributor, and she’s on the verge of breaking up with her boyfriend. An unspecified incident (although it appears to be health-related, based on the doctor’s office scenes shown throughout the trailer) forces her to confront painful memories from her past. me.
“I can only save you time. I’ve had over 30,000 drinks, I don’t really chew my food, and I’m, like, 40 years old,” Schumer tells a doctor at the beginning of the trailer. When he explained that he was simply asking about existing conditions, she replied, “I’m a woman.”
It’s classic Schumer’s self-deprecating humor (pardon the rhyme), but the trailer also hints at a softer side to the 10-episode series through a romance. budding with a backward farmer played by Michael Cera. Schumer has said that Cera’s character, John, was inspired by her real-life husband, Chris Fischer, who is also a farmer.
There will certainly be no shortage of jokes in Life & Beth—Schumer’s TV Return Marks Six Years Later Inside Amy Schumer is over — but it also touches on the dark realities of everyday life.
Along with Schumer and Cera, the cast includes Violet Young, Yamaneika Saunders, Susannah Flood, Kevin Kane and Laura Benanti. Michael Rapaport completes the group as Beth’s father.
Life & Beth premieres on Hulu on March 18.