Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the duo behind “Broad City,” are looking more mature than their alter-egos on the Comedy Central series.
Sitting down to talk about the fourth season of the show – which includes the duo’s reaction to living in the Trump era – Glazer is in a smart black summery dress and Jacobson wears a black blouse paired with a maroon skirt that would be well-suited for a business meeting. It’s unlikely you would ever see the Abbi and Ilana on the series sporting such classy outfits.
“The characters are idiots,” admits the curly-haired Glazer. “They’re struggling way more than we are.”
She and Jacobson first met while trying out for an improv group in New York City. Neither made the group, but they hit it off. Having trouble getting backing for their own projects, the pair created “Broad City” for the Web, where it ran for a few years.
“We started making it just because our friendship was this dynamic of us being pretty different,” explains Jacobson.
Eventually, Comedy Central decided to bring it to a wider audience. The show has been a success for the network and has already been picked up for season five. The solid ratings – with a weekly audience of around 4.3 million viewers – only hint at to the cultural impact of the series, which has been described as “sneak-attack feminism” by the Wall Street Journal.
Last year, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton even made an appearance on the “Broad City,” which is executive produced by Amy Poehler, in a bid for young voters.
This season, Glazer and Jacobson have taken over showrunner duties for the series. Meanwhile, both are taking on projects outside the series and apart from each other.
Glazer says she feels things are changing for the better for women comedians. “People once wondered if women were funny. That literally used to be a question.”
On the show, best friends Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler are now reaching their late 20s, a few years younger than their real-life counterparts. They are still smoking weed and are always financially scrambling. Abbi is a struggling artist who takes commercial jobs to make ends meet. Iliana has less defined ambitions and more schemes, which she usually drags Abbi into. Iliana is also more sexually adventurous than her friend. They don’t live together, which allows for separate adventures.
This season, the characters are dealing with getting older and facing grown-up situations, along with feeling…