Woody Allen says Amy Schumer is a better comic than he is

Woody Allen Explores Murder, Morality in 'Irrational Man'

Woody Allen wasn't aware that Trainwreck, the Judd Apatow-directed movie starring Amy Schumer, references his 1979 movie Manhattan in a romantic montage.

Schumer and co-star Bill Hader recreate the iconic scene where Allen and Diane Keaton are sitting on a bench underneath the 59th Street Bridge, when she says, "I think this is where Woody met Soon-Yi."

"I didn't know. This is the first time I'm hearing it," Allen told Vulture when we caught up with him at a screening for Irrational Man, hosted by the Cinema Society and Fiji Water.

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Woody Allen says Amy Schumer is a better comic than he is
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 18: Woody Allen attends the Chicago premiere of 'Irrational Man' at Bellweather Meeting House & Eatery on July 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gabriel Grams/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: US director Woody Allen (L) and his wife Soon Yi (R) arrive for the screening of the film 'Irrational Man' at the 68th international film festival in Cannes, France. May 15, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

That said, Allen is familiar with Schumer and says he's a fan of her work. "You know, being a comedian myself, I have a tremendous admiration and respect for all these people," he said.

"I used to think that, Oh, I was so great, and there's so many comedians, and they're second-rate. And then I watched them on cable television, and I thought, My god, I'm nowhere near as good as any of these people! I have a tremendous respect for all of them; it's amazing how good they are, and how much better than I was all of them are, including her."

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