BROADLY AMUS­ING

Amy Poehler is ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of this com­edy that sends up self-ab­sorbed New York City women’s quest for self-im­prove­ment

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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.

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