“Broad City” Madness

By Phoebe Myers

Have you seen Broad City? If not, please take a look at yourself. It’s definitely one of the best ways you could spend 20 or so minutes of your life.

If you’ve never seen the show, it focuses on two best friends in New York City, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, or as they’re known in their Comedy Central series, Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams. They’re just two Jewish millennials navigating frustrating jobs and weird sweaty “roommates” that eat ice cream in their beds.

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A “stoner comedy” would be an accurate description of Broad City, but drugs just serve as a catalyst for the duo’s ridiculous adventures. The writing is excellent, and the topics covered are vast. One episode could include “pegging” (Urban Dictionary that one), a counterfeit handbag operation in a sewer, and a funeral. In fact, that is an actual episode, number 4 of season 2, called ”Knockoffs”.

Glazer and Jacobson met and became best friends in real life in 2009, and casually started a joint YouTube web series together (as people do). Amy Poehler of SNL fame heard about the online show, and made a few appearances as a guest star.

In 2014, the online show was adapted into a full length sit-com on Comedy Central. Broad City is very female-centric, both on and off screen.  Amy Poehler is one of the executive producers, and Glazer and Jacobson write more than 50% of the material, as well as star in the show. That kind of perspective is rare to see in comedies, and is really refreshing (and needed!).

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Look how much fun a subway can be!

Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Hulu Plus, and a few of the most recent episodes are on Comedy Central’s website. Season 3 premieres in February, 2016, which is kind of right around the corner. Start watching the previous seasons now so you can be get caught up!