Amy Schumer Opens Up to Barbara Walters About Father's MS Battle

Comedienne is one of Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People of 2015.'

ByABC News
December 16, 2015, 3:44 AM

— -- Comedienne Amy Schumer keeps us laughing with her quick wit and self-deprecating humor but she was solemn for a moment when she spoke with Barbara Walters about her father.

Schumer’s father, Gordon Schumer, suffers from multiple sclerosis.

“He’s not good,” Schumer told Walters in an interview for the ABC News special, “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015.”

“Some days he’s really good and he’s with it and we’re joking around,” she continued. “And some days I go to visit my dad and it’s so painful. I can’t believe it.”

The 34-year-old comedienne was just nominated for her first Golden Globe for her debut film, “Trainwreck.” Schumer stars in and wrote the screenplay for the romantic comedy, which is loosely autobiographical. In “Trainwreck,” Schumer plays the main character Amy, a promiscuous magazine writer living in New York City, whose father suffers from MS.

Schumer was 12 years old when her father was diagnosed with MS and her parents divorced a few years later. Her father’s illness has taken a toll on her over the years.

“In terms of my dad being sick, it was just confusing to me, especially the way MS works,” Schumer told Walters. “He was in physical pain. That’s when I kind of took the lead and took care of everybody in my family. I would keep them -- I would keep everybody laughing.”

Even still, Schumer said, “I’m the one who ties it all together.”