March 13, 2017


Future Women's History Month: Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer's Journey for Primetime Power

Desiree Navarro/WireImage
Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. In the male-heavy world of comedy and television, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer might just be out-broing every comedian out there with a journey that highlights just how hard they had to work to prove their primetime potential.

After three seasons, the best friends' Comedy Central series Broad City has received critical acclaim and Critics' Choice nominations with the network committing to another two seasons in early 2016. It's excellent news for the show that portrays its stars just as messy, self-absorbed, aimless and hedonistic as any other twenty-something, but does so with some of the most clever and astute delivery on television. In case the world wasn't aware of the connection Glazer and Jacobson have forged with young people, they woke up to it when former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came in for a cameo last March as a super-savvy political move. At the time, Clinton was the latest in an increasingly impressive number of guest stars including Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Dratch and Seth Rogen.

But past the ratings, acclaim and celebrity co-signs, what might be more impressive about the duo's show is the journey it took. 

Abbi and Ilana independently produced Broad City as a web series from 2009 to 2011 until it got noticed by Comedy Central and premiered in 2014 with Amy Poehler acting as an executive producer. Compare that to, say, the networks' equally ridiculous Workaholics where stars Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson and Anders Holm landed series after network execs saw a few of their YouTube videos on Mail Order Comedy which led to a seven-season run. Abbi and Ilana weren't handed a show thanks to some fun videos, they created an entire world before even having the chance to go primetime.

Undoubtedly though, Broad City's impact is already being felt and further proving fellow female comedians deserve a primetime spot in primetime right alongside the guys. Idiotsitter is the latest female-led show to make its way to Comedy Central and brings with it the same over-the-top humor that made us fall in love with our two messy heroines. Years down the line when there isn't the huge divide between male and female comics we see today, we'll look to Abbi and Ilana's trailblazing series as breaking down necessary barriers. But for now, we'll just keep laughing, creating GIFs and supporting one of the best shows on television.

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