Amy Schumer had a great one-night stand in Tampa, but calls the city 'horrendous' in her new book
Amy Schumer has some harsh words for Tampa in her new book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.
Only six pages into the memoir, the comedian, TV and movie star describes being on tour, "traveling between two horrendous cities: Fayetteville, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida."
It gets worse.
"I'm not scared about writing that, because I know for a fact that no one who lives there has ever read a book. JKJKJKJK, but kind of not K," Schumer writes, before going on to describe the flight to Tampa as "the tiniest short bus in the sky."
Stefani Beddingfield cracked open a copy of Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo on Friday while she was closing up at Inkwood Books, the store she owns in South Tampa.
"It was so weird and so ironic, because I read that part about how nobody in Tampa reads, and I was sitting here reading this book in Tampa," Beddingfield said when reached by phone at the store. "Her book is really good and really funny, by the way. She actually comes across as very nice."
Schumer goes on in the chapter to explain that while she never has one-night stands, she did have one with a guy she met on that flight to Tampa, and describes it as a great experience. Otherwise, though, she doesn't seem to have had much fun in Tampa.
Beddingfield wants to fix that. She changed the sign in front of Inkwood along Armenia Avenue on Saturday to read: "Dear Ms. Schumer give us another chance? Love, the three people who read."
"Maybe Tampa didn't show her a good time, that's on us," Beddingfield said. "I'm not mad about what she wrote at all, I just know we could show her a better time. She just didn't know the right people or the right places last time she was here."
Beddingfield is using her store's Facebook page to invite Schumer to take part in a book signing when she's in Tampa this October to perform stand-up comedy at Amalie Arena. The store has had a hand in organizing large-scale signings in the past, such as the sold-out appearance by Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini at Tampa Theatre in 2013.
Beddingfield says if Schumer does agree to a signing in Tampa, she'll give part of the proceeds to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group Schumer has promoted in the past.
"It's an important issue to me, too," Beddingfield said. "I think we'd be friends.
Schumer didn't responded to the Inkwood invitation, but when a Times editor tweeted at her Sunday to say "give Tampa a chance," Schumer replied: "Are you kidding me? I'm very grateful to Tampa. It gave me one of the best nights of my life!"
Schumer is scheduled to perform at Amalie Arena on Oct. 16. Tickets start at $35.25.
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