By Allison Blecher
SXSW Press Team
You would be lying if you said you’ve never been envious of the relationship Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson have on Broad City, the popular Comedy Central show revolving around two best friends in the big apple. I happened to stumble upon Broad City one day when I was mindlessly scrolling through the shows on my Hulu account. I had heard wonderful things about the show and decided to give it a go. Little did I know I would be finishing two full seasons in less than 48 hours.
Television shows focusing on young, post college girls is becoming an awesome, new trend. The world of comedy has primarily been dominated by men and now young women are taking over and it is incredibly empowering.
Glazer and Jacobson, the two stars of Broad City, talked about their beginning, the millennial crowd, tight girl friendships and future guest stars in their new third season.
The world and its ideologies regarding marriage and relationships post college is changing – and it’s awesome. In Broad City, Gazer and Jacobson have a strong and special relationship. Particularly one that doesn’t typically involve men. Modern, young women that are entering the world fresh out of college are becoming more independent. The power of female bonds and friendships is expanding and marriage out of college is becoming less of a common thing. Broad City is one of those rare shows that doesn’t center around two lovers and instead focuses on the importance of female relationships.
“It’s a feminist show and that’s the best. It’s dope,” Ilana Glazer said in response to a question about the show and its feminist position.
The show has an overall liberal take on relationships, sexuality and interracial dating. The progressivism of the comedic half hour show is appealing to many millennials, inspiring both men and women all over the country. The generation of “me” is becoming thing and it is the unintentional inspiration for a lot of television shows centered around young women, such as Girls, Broad City and more.
The two stars of Broad City got their start up through their Broad City web series, eventually gaining the attention of Amy Poehler, who then met Glazer and Jacobson to help them write a pilot episode script. Acting as fictionalized versions of themselves, Broad City has grown immensely in popularity, acting as a comedic support for young men and women. As a result of the show’s growing popularity, big celebrity names are making their way to the show for guest appearances. Glazer and Jacobson announced that Hillary Clinton, Blake Griffin, Vanessa Williams and family members will be showing up in season three. Glazer also announced a new mini series that will be premiering on April 20th of this year called “Time Traveling Bomb,” a story about two cousins traveling through time.
With much in store for this upcoming year and with a whole new season of Broad City airing this spring, it is hard not to be excited for the two best friends. Their new season will be airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.