Mass Appeal Issue #54 - Broad City, Ain’t No Basic (Cable) Bitches
These two broads walk into an improv class in NYC…We’re talkin’ straight up theater geeks. A couple of chicks who, without even realizing it, intimidated the shit out of all the boys with their few-fucks-given attitude, and laser-focused determination. Their brand of funny is on another level. It’s easy to be surprised by what flies out of their mouths sometimes. What’s more surprising is the level of confidence and positivity housed within these two ladies. Surprising only because — while they demonstrate the poise of a couple of seasoned comedic television vets — it’s all still pretty new to them. Ladies and germs — please meet Pennsylvania native Abbi Jacobson, and Smithtown, Long Island’s Ilana Glazer. They will never be anybody’s punch line.
Fast-forward a handful of years beyond all that goes along in the famed improv house, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, to a whole bunch of funny-ass, self-conceived episodes of their own web series, Broad City. The skits are raw, and out-there, yet somehow, relatable. Throughout a couple dozen, two-to-five minute intervals, you ride the chaotic wave of mid-twenties #whitegirlproblems, but in Broad City, that’s a good thing.
Eventually, with a little TLC from the very improv community that reared them, Comedy Central comes knocking for Abbi and Ilana’s sketch series, and Amy Poehler hops on board to produce. It is a pretty much an exaggerated, amplified look at Abbi and Ilana’s lives, as they (quite literally) blaze through their tumultuous twenty-something years, trying their damnedest to make shit happen in the big city; more specifically — the Big Apple. Don’t get it twisted though, Abbi and Ilana’s characters have very little in common with some other “Girls” you may know, save for their gender, and place of residence.