May 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

A Moving Speech - by Comedian Amy Schumer

By Scott Topper

Amy Schumer

made the speech at the Gloria Awards and Gala which was hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women.  This proved to be the perfect platform to talk about how she went form being a popular high school student to being a self doubting adult and how this has affected he life and her career.

She began her speech by first talking about losing her self confidence as she started to question everything she did as an adult.  She said: “Right before I left for college, I was running my high school. Feel it. I knew where to park, I knew where to get the best chicken-cutlet sandwich, I knew which custodians had pot. People knew me. They liked me. I was an athlete and a good friend. I felt pretty, I felt funny, I felt sane. Then I got to college in Maryland. My school was voted number one … for the hottest freshman girls in Playboy that year. And not because of me. All of a sudden, being witty and charismatic didn’t mean ***. Day after day, I could feel the confidence drain from my body. I was not what these guys wanted.”

Amy spared no details in her speech which was refreshing and honest in its detail and spoke of her disaster as well as successes that have got her to where she is today.

She continued in her speech to say: “Now I feel strong and beautiful. I walk proudly down the streets of Manhattan. The people I love, love me. I make the funniest people in the country laugh, and they are my friends. I am a great friend and an even better sister. I have fought my way through harsh criticism and death threats for speaking my mind.”

Making a speech is a real show of confidence so this one from Amy Schumer was particularly brave as she admitted to still finding it difficult to be strong and outspoken.

She concluded by saying in her speech: “I  can be reduced to that lost college freshman so quickly sometimes, I want to quit. Not performing, but being a woman altogether. I want to throw my hands in the air, after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, “All right! You got it. You figured me out. I’m not pretty. I’m not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice.

“I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you.”

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