Meet the comedian poised to take over the world.

By Sara Vilkomerson
Updated April 02, 2015 at 04:11 PM EDT

People who appreciate funny things and funny people are already wise to the wonder that is Amy Schumer. The gifted comedienne and actress, 33, has had a career steadily on the rise over the last few years, from breakout moments at the Charlie Sheen roast—”I watch that now and and I’m like, who the f–k is this kid? I can’t believe the balls on me,” she says—to, of course, her terrific Comedy Central hit show Inside Amy Schumer.

But we’re betting on 2015 to be the year her star goes supernova. Schumer hosts the MTV Movie Awards on April 12. Inside Amy Schumer returns for a third season on April 21. And Trainwreck—written by and starring Schumer—slayed audiences at last month’s SXSW premiere, and looks poised to do some serious box office damage when it hits theaters this July. “You tend to have your moment when you create something that’s very strong,” says Trainwreck’s director, Judd Apatow. “Amy is very, very deserving.”

We think so too. So this week, Entertainment Weekly dives deep into the incredibly hard-working, fun, fearless and, yes, very funny world of Amy Schumer. We were on set of Inside Amy Schumer (spoiler: a mechanical bull was involved); we talked with her closest family member and friends; we spent a long night with Schumer talking feminism, love, sex, and relationships.

What did we learn? For starters, there’s a big difference between onstage Amy—who jokes about being “sluttier than the average bear”—and offstage Amy. “On stage, I talk about my boyfriend, and the two guys I dated, and my one and only one-night stand, and it sounds lik,e ‘This girl is a real Dumpster.’ But really, over two years I slept with four people,” she says. “Not that there’d be anything wrong if I slept with more if that’s what I wanted to do.”

For more on Amy Schumer, pick up Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday. (Oh, and we recommend enlarging our cover photo.)