Broad City returned to Comedy Central Wednesday night, which means it’s time to snuggle up under your Bed, Bath & Beyond blanket and obsessively Google Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Even though you’re practically their best friend already, here are 8 things you didn’t know about Abbi and Ilana:
1. Before she was famous, Abbi Jacobson used to hand out flyers for Equinox gym outside Grand Central Terminal, which was the inspiration for Abbi’s job at the gym on the show. “I didn’t even get paid, it was just a membership,” she says. “But at the time I was like ‘this is amazing!'” Jacobson says Soulstice is inspired by Equinox, especially the bathroom with all the Keihl’s products.
2. Jacobson and Glazer met in an independent practice group while taking Upright Citizens Brigade improv classes, but neither of them ever made it onto the super-competitive teams.
3. The pair started making the Broad City web series because of someone else’s bad attitude. Jacobson had been working with another UCB performer on a sketch show, and after they got some bad notes her partner wanted to give up the whole project. When Jacobson told Glazer, she suggested they make something together instead. “We have these similar fundamental values, and one of them is like ‘f*ck you mister, never give up!’” Glazer says. “So I was like, ‘why don’t you work with me? Let’s make something together.'”
4. Glazer has no patience for bickering, which is why the two rarely fight on the show. “We back our episodes so heavily with comedy, it would be such a waste of time and boring if they fought, or if it was about fighting,” she says. “It’s so not fun. The whole show, we love it being a fun ride, a Broad City ride.”
5. Jacobson actually went to art school, and before Broad City she thought she would be an illustrator, just like her character on the show. “My whole family are all visual artists, and I was like ‘I can do this, I did that in high school, you just do it by yourself and it’s just done,'” she says. “So it just felt like an easier thing to do, which is crazy because being a visual artist is so hard.”
6. They have a “just do it” attitude when it comes to comedy. “When I was coming up, I would talk a lot about stuff I wanted to do, and even now I talk about stuff I want to do, and then I’m like ‘stop. Just start doing it,’” Jacobson says. “You’re waiting for someone to be like ‘you’re funny, you’re on a [UCB] team.’ No, you have to do stuff to like find how youre funny. I find young people talk about what they want to do, which is great because you get to form the words, but its also like: you gotta just get in there.”
7. They love working together, but they’re working on some separate projects as well. Each is tinkering with a movie script.
8. Questlove was an early fan of their web show and was kind of annoyed when everyone else started watching it. “Initially I felt like, ‘ah man, my little secret’s going to be exposed!” he says.
Check out the profile of Abbi and Ilana in this week’s magazine to learn more.
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