Amy Schumer Gets Emotional Over Dad’s Battle With MS: “It’s So Painful”

Amy Schumer and Barbara Walter
Amy Schumer and Barbara Walter Heidi Gutman/ABC

No laughing matter. Amy Schumer opened up about her father, Gordon Schumer, and his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis during an interview for Barbara Walters' upcoming 10 Most Fascinating People special.

"He's not good," Schumer, 34, told the veteran journalist. "Some days he's really good and he's with it and we're joking around. And some days I go to visit my dad, and it's so painful. I can't believe it."

The comedian was 12 years old when her dad was diagnosed with MS. Schumer said that it was confusing to comprehend his symptoms at the time.

"He was in physical pain. That's when I kind of took the lead and took care of everybody in my family," she told Walters. "I would keep them — I would keep everybody laughing. I'm the one who ties it all together."

Schumer has discussed how her dad's disease has affected her before. In her Golden Globe–nominated comedy Trainwreck, her onscreen dad (Colin Quinn) has MS.

"There is no denying that there is a lot of me in this movie. I, as they say, went there. It’s really personal," Schumer said at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March. "It’s about stuff I was struggling with and am constantly battling."

Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 airs on Thursday, December 16, at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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