Broad City Returns
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The hit Comedy Central series lands a third season.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, two New York-based comedians, star in Comedy Central’s "Broad City." The two women created and write for the show, which was renewed for season three on the day that its second season premiered this January. “Broad City” is about two best friends, also named Abbi and Ilana, who are both unapologetically sexual, broke, stoners and slightly unambitious.

Despite the modern surge and popularization of feminism, a lot of modern television shows have been the subject of criticism for portraying women in archaic ways. But “Broad City’s” progressive depiction of positive female friendship between two realistic, fun, and shameless women frame them as role models for young women in a new and important way. Jacobson and Glazer also uniquely appeal to several niches: New Yorkers, comedy fans, women, stoners, and Jews and “Jewesses,” as Ilana lovingly refers to Abbi and herself on the show.

Jacobson and Glazer met at the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy theatre in New York, where they still perform “Broad City Live” for fans every month. I attended their most recent show in February, the same day that they appeared on Letterman. For the first half of the show, they told us about their day at Letterman as a hysterical stand-up act. Just them being themselves had the audience wrapped around their fingers, because their stage presence and chemistry with each other are electric.

Jacobson and Glazer also use their fame to give exposure to their fellow comedians – the second half of their live show featured up-and-coming comedic guests The Lucas Brothers and Erin and her Cello. They also use “Broad City” the show as a platform to help their friends find success – most episodes of the show feature multiple UCB performers.

“I was really excited to get to be on the show. Abbi and Ilana are good friends of mine, and I was glad to just be a part of such a cool and funny show,” said actor David Bluvband, in an interview for NY Blueprint.

Bluvband has a small recurring role on “Broad City” as Dr. Wiz, a how-to vlogger whose videos Lincoln (Hannibal Buress) watches. Bluvband met Jacobson and Glazer at UCB, where he currently performs improv with a house team every week.

Bluvband looks at “Broad City” as a great representation of our generation. “I think it's great when any show manages to represent a certain demographic, while still being funny. I think the Simpsons did a great job of that in the earlier years. It's a great time capsule for the 90's,” said Bluvband.

And “Broad City” is a great time capsule for present-day New York. The show is filled with hilarious “only in New York” situations, casual progressive thinking, and adventures surrounding iPhones.

“It feels great to see my peers go on to great things,” said Bluvband. “Abbi and Ilana…are great examples of hard work paying off. Hard work and not giving up. That's the key. Keep going.”

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“Broad City” airs Wednesdays at 10:30pm on Comedy Central. “Broad City Live” can be seen once a month at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea.

David Bluvband (@Bluvband) can be seen performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea on Tuesday nights with the Harold team “The Enemy.” ucbcomedy.com

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