Comedy Central has been putting out some quality stuff lately what with @midnight being so huge on Twitter and sketch shows like Key & Peele and Inside Amy Schumer getting such huge levels of recognition. Amy Schumer in particular is just a reminder how fucking funny women are. “It’s so hard to find funny women!” Shut up. There are a LOT of funny women out there. And even on Comedy Central.
Which brings me to my point: Broad City, the web series turned Comedy Central sitcom about a couple of girls just trying to figure it out.
Actresses, comedians, writers, and co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer star as Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler (basically playing themselves), two Jewish women in their twenties living in NYC. The two are best friends in real life and on the show, and they get into all kinds of ridiculous mischief as they both try to pursue their individual goals – Abbi wants to be an illustrator and ditch her crappy job at the fitness center, while Ilana is constantly looking for weed, beer, and the “Narnia of Partias”.
When you see this show, you realize you’re either an Abbi or an Ilana. I am an Abbi. Most of my friends are Abbi. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I would personally rather be Ilana. Or at least wish I had a friend like her. Ilana has NO worries. She slacks off, doesn’t do any work at her job (and somehow hasn’t been fired), and is RELENTLESSLY hedonistic. She stores weed in her “vanyanya”. She lives with a drug dealing gay roommate. And she is fucking hilarious.
Abbi kind of plays “straight man” to Ilana’s ridiculous personality. She’s stuck working as a custodian at the Soulstice fitness center, but she keeps working because she needs the money to pursue art. Plus she thinks she’s qualified to be a personal trainer as well. She has a massive crush on her neighbor Jeremy. In other words, she’s just trying to figure everything out and is totally amazed that Ilana seems to have done just that. Not that she doesn’t know how to let loose, though.
Basically, they’re just women in their twenties.
What makes Broad City so great is it deals with a lot of subject matter that you usually see dealt with by guy characters. Which is kind of annoying sometimes. The part that stands out the most to me is when the series goes for sex comedy. Usually men end up talking about their dicks or how hot the chicks they bang are. When you get it from Abbi and Ilana’s perspective, somehow it’s actually funny. There’s an entire episode about pegging, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong. That’s not all they do, though – there’s stoner humor, romance jokes, technology issues, and even straight-up physical comedy. And it’s all hilarious.
These two could carry the whole show on their own, but Broad City has a TON of guest stars. Amy Poehler shows up at one point as an angry chef at a restaurant. Seth Rogen appears as a guy Abbi goes out with. Fred Armisen, Amy Sedaris, Aidy Bryant, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, and Kumail Nanjiani all appear, and they’re all fantastic. My favorite guest star has to be Kelly Ripa as…Kelly Ripa. Except this Kelly Ripa drinks A LOT. It’s brilliant.
Broad City has lasted two seasons and received a ton of critical acclaim, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be watching it, because it’s really fucking funny. Whether Abbi accidentally sells her drawing to a racist dating service, or Ilana dates a girl that looks almost exactly like her, or the two go out to a seafood restaurant and Ilana keeps eating shellfish even though she’s HORRIBLY allergic to them…it’s a single-camera sitcom with a kickass soundtrack and a great sense of humor. Get on that.