Amy Schumer kicked off Jon Stewart’s final week at the “Daily Show” talking about a tragic topic on Monday.
Just hours after the “Trainwreck” actress joined her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer at a Manhattan press conference to address the issue of gun violence, she shared her remorse over last month’s Lafayette, Louisiana, shooting with the Comedy Central host.
“I can’t believe I am here, your last week — thank you!” Schumer gushed as she joined Stewart on the show.
“Let me tell you what happened, I’ve been banging it out 22 minutes a night, four days a week,” the outgoing host confessed. “I don’t think anyone can keep up that kind of pace.”
Stewart quickly stopped kidding around, however, and addressed the “horrible thing … this crazy shooting that happened,” he said. “That must have rocked you to your core.”
“What a bummer, I was legit heartbroken,” Schumer told Stewart. “To get that call, I’d had a lot of missed calls so I assumed there was a sex tape out of me or something. I was preparing for that, then to hear that news, it broke my heart.”
The comedian, who has her own hit show on Comedy Central, has joined the gun control debate following the shooting inside a movie theater screening of her movie, “Trainwreck,” which left three people including the gunman dead.
“I did a press conference this morning with Sen. Schumer, who I’m related too — give it up for Chuck!” the “Inside Amy Schumer” star said, referring to helping promote the New York representative’s new plan to crack down on gun violence across the country.
Stewart explained how the actress got drawn into the issue after a woman from San Diego reached out to her. “The fact that this happened — you want to act. I wanted to go down there and do whatever I could, this was in the works. I am so happy he [Sen. Schumer] invited me to be a part of it,” she said.
“I wish you well in the whole endeavor,” Stewart told her.
Earlier Monday, Sen. Schumer proposed legislation that creates financial rewards for states that submit all necessary records into the background check system and creates penalties for states that do not.
Additionally, the cousins have asked Congress to fully fund mental health and substance abuse programs, while also increasing funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.