Broad City

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 5 APRIL -

Sea­son 1 Com­edy Cen­tral (*122) 21:00 & 21:25 Com­edy

We adore a show that re­veals how joy­fully bizarre our true friend­ships are. In Broad City (2014-cur­rent), we meet New York City best friends Ilana Wexlerand and Abbi Abrams (played by real-life besties Ilana Glazer and Abbi Ja­cob­son, who’re also the show cre­ators). Noth­ing about their lives is spec­tac­u­lar – not their nu­mer­ous lovers, their mul­ti­ple jobs, their bod­ies or their clothes. But who cares when you have a friend who’ll laugh at the gross, em­bar­rass­ing, hu­mil­i­at­ing, hys­ter­i­cal facts of life with you? Broad City is, ac­cord­ing to Abbi, “A place where ev­ery lit­tle thing is a strug­gle but it’s full of hope and joy and fun and that’s the mo­ti­va­tion for ev­ery­thing that goes on.”

From the way that Abbi and Ilana talk to one another to the nitty gritty of their lives, it all feels in­cred­i­bly real. In fact, the show draws on re­al­ity to the ex­tent that Abbi and Ilana’s clothes onscreen are mostly re­jects from the ac­tresses’ old wardrobes. “We know them so well. When we come up with stuff, we talk about our own lives and then heighten those sit­u­a­tions. For in­stance, Ilana’s job [in the show], the com­pany she works at is based on this com­pany called Life Booker where we both (and ac­tu­ally one of our di­rec­tors) worked. So we height­ened both the com­pany and how we felt there,” says Abbi. Ilana adds that “the two char­ac­ters are very much past ver­sions of our­selves. When we take real de­tail, the height to where we take it is where we find our brand of ab­sur­dity. It’s funny that it’s re­lat­able af­ter it’s been blown out of pro­por­tion.”

Broad City stars and cre­ators Abbi (left) and Ilana.

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