Amy Poehler is executive producer of this comedy that sends up self-absorbed New York City women’s quest for self-improvement
Get over your obsession with Girls and hightail it to
Broad City. Like the overhyped Lena Dunham phenomenon, this comedy series sends up selfabsorbed New York City women making a half-hearted effort to pull themselves up by their Aldo bootstraps.
Abbi, a custodian at an exclusive health club, sees nothing wrong with getting out of work early by telling the boss she may have AIDS. Ilana, a low-level saleswoman for an online company, thinks texting 36 guys for hook-ups makes her a feminist hero.
Their idea of an intellectual conversation is arguing over whether or not
What a Wonderful World is a slave song or debating which is worse: diarrhoea or constipation.
There’s a natural tendency to compare the characters to
Laverne & Shirley. Resist the urge. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, who created the pair and play them, are more akin to Cheech & Chong, slackers oblivious to their surroundings.
If you must evoke a female role model, Jacobson has a suggestion.
“Roseanne may be the most influential show for us,’’ she says. “I love how grounded that show was.
“She played an exaggerated version of herself, and so are we. ’’
Another heavy influence just happens to be an executive producer on the series.
Amy Poehler became a fan after she guest-starred on an earlier web version of Broad City.
Poehler says she is attracted to the women’s gritty, unsentimental take on New York City. “I’d like to think you come and watch the show for the big comedy, but eventually you stay because you care about Abbi and Ilana and the real relationship between the two of them.’’
Broad City, Comedy Channel, Sunday, 9.30pm.
Abbi Jacobson (left) and Ilana Glazer are the latter-day slacker stars of Broad City.