Why I Think You Should Watch Comedy Central’s “Broad City”
Right off the bat, I should confess I’m biased when it comes to this show because I was a staff writer, but nevertheless, I would like to make my case for why you should watch it.
"Broad City" was created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, and they are two of the funniest, smartest, nicest and most driven people I have ever met. I was a huge fan of "Broad City" when it was a web series, and getting the chance to help turn it into a TV show with them, I was absolutely FLOORED by how amazing they are. I honestly can’t say how wonderful they are enough. They are quick and weird and have a voice and a vision that makes you say "Oh, shit."
And they funny.
Like, really, really funny.
They have a created a hilarious show that really portrays what it’s like to be poor-as-shit in New York. To spend an entire day accidentally ruining your day more and more as you go. To walk out the door of your shitty apartment in Queens and just follow the city, for better or worse.
And on top of being funny and filthy and strange, Abbi and Ilana are also sooooo supportive of each other. And it SHOWS onscreen. If a good TV show is ultimately about its characters, and the best TV show makes you feel like you want to hang out with them, then “Broad City” is truly great in my eyes. This show has such a great friendship at the center of it because that’s what it’s like for them in real life. Their friendship is no joke. It’s true. And great. And maybe borderline dangerous.
One of my favorite memories of making the show was late into filming. It had been a long day for the girls, and Ilana and I were at Video Village watching Abbi film a scene. Ilana just kept saying to herself, “Damn, she is so funny in this scene. She is so so great. God, she’s great.” Immediately after, Ilana went to film a scene, and Abbi was watching from Video Village. Within moments, Abbi was saying, “Oh my god, she is so funny. She is so great.” Months into shooting, years into prepping, those girls were there every moment together, constantly pumping each other up and supporting each other and making each other better in a way I was really, sincerely moved by.
These girls just have It. And I think they have created a show that is weird and true and strange and experimental and funny and kinda ludicrous.
There were also so many other amazing people who worked on the show, including power-duo Paul W. Downs & Lucia Aniello, Eric Slovin, and Tami Sagher.
But above all, it was Abbi and Ilana. Those girls busted ass to make this show. But that’s not why you should watch it. You should watch it cuz it’s damn great. At least I think so.
"BROAD CITY" is on Comedy Central Wednesdays @ 10:30! WATCH!