Amy Schumer Learned About Prince's Death During 'Vogue' Interview

Amy Schumer in of the July issue of Vogue.
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Amy Schumer in of the July issue of Vogue.

“I’m not going to do, like, the too-soon Prince joke,” Schumer tells the reporter before her Minneapolis gig on the day Prince died.

Amy Schumer first heard the news of Prince’s death while being interviewed for her just-released July Vogue cover.

Schumer’s Vogue feature reveals that the comedian was in a state of disbelief upon learning that the pop star had died at age 57 on April 21. “My manager is probably lying on the floor crying. He loved Prince more than his own children,” she told the interviewer, who then asked how Schumer feels about his death. “I was always a little confused about him. I was always like, I don’t understand why or what.”

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Schumer then asked her driver if he was a Prince fan. “I don’t know if I’d say fan. I admired his music. I used to work for him, and I guess I shied away from him for about three or four years. Very unpredictable,” Izzy, the driver, said. To which Schumer responded simply: “I hear that.”

The comedian happened to be performing that same night at the Target Center in Minneapolis -- Prince's hometown -- near the club First Avenue, where the film Purple Rain was filmed. Although most comedians cope with life tragedies through jokes, Schumer decided the best way to pay tribute to Prince was to pour “a little bit of wine out onstage at the top of her set,” according to Vogue. “I’m not going to do, like, the too-soon Prince joke,” Schumer said.

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