Why Broad City is a Love Letter to Female Friendship
3:12 pm, January 22nd | by Kady Ruth Ashcraft
Broad City the manic web series turned much-anticipated Comedy Central series, premieres tonight and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. Seriously &mdash check our pulse; our resting heart rate is through the roof! We’re pretty sure that we’re in the throes of an electrolyte imbalance but we are too overjoyed to care!
Broad City‘s resident broads, creators/stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, met while studying at UCB and bonded when neither of them made the theater’s venerated house teams. From that disappointment came Broad City, a web series that was loosely based on their own lives. The series caught the attention of Amy Poehler, Patron Saint of funny women, and blah-blah-blah, development deal, development deal, it’s now a debuting on Comedy Central! While that’s an incredibly condensed version of Broad City‘s history, we think the big takeaway is that Jacobson and Glazer sought out people whom they enjoyed working with and stuck to a voice that rang true to their experience and sensibility.
The series is so successful because in between moments of absolute silliness and/or scenes that invoke secondhand embarrassment,
…you get a real sense of Glazer and Jacobson’s emotional commitment to each other. It’s clear that the series wasn’t made by two comedians who are competing for punchlines or spotlight. Broad City has no tolerance for egos. By highlighting the very real camaraderie between Glazer and Jacobson, the show gives space for more poignant themes and sentiments to resonate. That’s why Broad City can release episodes like the one below — a meditation on sexual harassment and disenfranchisement that is relatively light on “jokes” — and not throw its audience for loop. It felt totally natural to take a step back from the expected frivolity and mirth and instead examine the darker occurrences in Glazer’s and Jacobson’s (and consequentially, all women’s) lives.
A few months ago, Glazer and Jacobson shared their excitement over Broad City‘s next chapter on the show’s Facebook page:
We officially start shooting Season 1 of Broad City tomorrow morning! ———–>This is something I don’t think we could have dreamt up even thinking about saying when we started making videos. But it’s here and it’s happening and it’s completely nuts, and we’re doin’ it with so many talented people and so many friends in the center of the best city in the whole world. Hello New York City!
Basically… keep making things and putting them out there and doing what you love. You can’t even imagine what can happen. We love you guys!
Tonight, we advise you invite over a bud (or force yourself into their place) and watch the Broad City premiere — the series promises to be goofy, honest, horrible in the best way possible, and the depiction of female friendship that we’ve been waiting for. And how could not love a show with this much love behind it?