Bad Ass(es) of the Week: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
The day after their hysterical season one finale, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, creators of Broad City, are my bad asses of the week. It’s not every day that two women in their mid 20’s get to premiere a show on a major network, but that’s exactly what Abbi and Ilana have done. The coolest part of this whole process, for me anyway, is how similar the SHOW Broad City is to the WEB SERIES Broad City. I started watching the web series a few years ago, and it blew me away. Abbi and Ilana weren’t creaking the door open to see if someone was home, they were kicking it in and shoving their perverse brand of comedy right in your face.
Abbi and Ilana are members of the Chicago sketch comedy group The Upright Citizens Brigade, the same UCB that has produced stars Amy Poehler, Rob Riggle, Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon. They used their experiences at UCB to create the web series Broad City, a 2-4 minute per episode series about two best friends growing up stoned and broke in New York City. The relationship between Abbi and Ilana drives the show, but their individual sexual, professional and culinary conquests are just as great. They made 24 episodes in all, and each one was weirdly unique in its own way. Now, with the help of some lady named Amy Poehler (she is the executive producer of the Comedy Central version, and directed and guest starred in last nights season finale) they have a hit show that was recently renewed for a second season. I can’t wait to see what crazy, funny stuff they come up with. Cheers to Ilana and Abbi, and cheers to Broad City. Four and three and two and one…