Comedy Central’s Broad City doesn’t return until January but that didn’t stop the show’s two stars, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, from attending New York Comic Con over the weekend. Both funny ladies were on hand for their very first panel and talked to VH1 exclusively about that millennial label, working with family, and making fans gasp in season two.
It’s not easy launching a new series but Glazer and Jacobson struck ratings gold with their sitcom that found an audience with millennials and had critics raving about their brand of slacker comedy. “Season one we were meeting the audience and being like, ‘can we do this? Can we get together?’ ” Glazer says. And with season one behind them, the writing and acting pair are more confident than ever.
While there was certainly a lot of pressure going into the writers’ room for season two, both women know that the next ten episodes will be even more of what fans love. “I’m telling everybody to fasten your f—king seatbelts, fasten your helmet strap, this is going to be a crazy, f—king, amazing ride,” Glazer says.
“It’s like even more of an expanded view into this world,” Glazer adds. “We get deeper with storylines and you see more of the other characters.” And some of those other characters include breakout comedian Hannibal Buress, who plays Lincoln, a new character named “Male Stacey,” and the addition of Eliot Glazer, Ilana’s brother.
“He showed up to set and acted like such a pro,” Glazer recalls. “It was really funny to write for him — to write him sweating and in real life he’s like, ‘where’s the AC?’ — and to blow up these small percents of him into the full 100 percent.” And, according to Jacobson, it all stems from their days in an improv group together when Eliot would constantly worry about the room temperature.
As for the millennial label that’s been stamped onto the show — in part, thanks to executive producer Amy Poehler, who has become a voice of the generation — both Glazer and Jacobson don’t mind it. “I think it is because we talk about things going on,” Jacobson says. “We talk about celebrities and pop culture references a lot.” They just don’t feel confined by it.
“We get really titillated by having a range of viewers,” Glazer says of their age-inclusive brand. “When we find fifty- or sixty-somethings, or forty-somethings who tell us they like the show, we are like, ‘no way!’ ”
And when Poehler is mentioned, it’s hard not to think of her as a fairy godmother to this show and the current comedy world. “She’s very in the know of what’s going on,” Jacobson says. “She’s definitely trying to make big changes.”
“Yes, it’s safe to call her that,” Glazer adds. And maybe it was some of Poehler’s fairy dust that made these two so confident about season two.