Amy Schumer’s Hip-Hop Musical ‘Betsy Ross’ Is The All-Female ‘Hamilton’

by Lily Myers

Amy Schumer loooooved Hamilton (who didn’t?). But then she thought, “I could do that.” In “Betsy Ross,” a sketch she just released, Schumer lures Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda to her rehearsal space to pitch her own hip-hop musical about a female historical figure: Betsy Ross.

As poor Miranda sits and waits for his Uber, Schumer runs through her musical numbers, with reluctant help from her sister Kim Caramele playing Ross’s nemesis “Karen Hurr” (“Oh, I get it, like Aaron Burr.” “No.”).

The real-life Caramele is a huge Hamilton fanatic, and wrote the sketch after starting to sing, “I am not throwing away my mop,” on her way to work one day. She was nervous about appearing in the sketch: “Whenever Amy makes me be in a scene I’m always worried I’m going to waste people’s time and blow it,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “She makes me laugh so hard that I really do ruin a lot of takes. In my defense, she does it on purpose. You can’t tell Amy not to make you laugh, she’ll go at you even harder because she thinks it’s funny.”

The on-screen Miranda can’t get into his Uber fast enough, but Caramele was thrilled when the real Miranda agreed to be in the sketch. “He said yes and I thought he was kidding,” she told EW. “He couldn’t have been nicer and more game. He has so few hours free! I was so grateful he was there.” Questlove also appears in the sketch, backing up the sisters on drums (er, drum). It’s an all-star cast for a hilarious sketch about a terrible, terrible musical pitch.

It’s another excellent teaser from Schumer as we inch closer to Inside Amy Schumer season 4, debuting on April 21st. And if you don’t sew, now you sew.

Images via Inside Amy Schumer

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