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Abbi Jacobson

Image of Abbi Jacobson '06 and Ilana Glazer taken by Eric Michael Pearson.

BFA, General Fine Arts

Class of 2006

Created by Abbi Jacobson '06 and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is an offbeat web series centered on the misadventures of two female best friends. The show has developed a cult following online and has received national attention from The Wall Street Journal, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The New York Times. The show also caught the eye of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, who teamed up with Jacobson and Glazer to take the show to television. With Poehler on board as an executive producer, the quirky comedy has received a script commitment from FX for a half-hour series.

"We were pretty overwhelmed with excitement," said Jacobson when asked how she reacted to the news. "It was a pretty surreal time, and we were just on top of the world." Broad City began in fall 2009, when Jacobson and Glazer were looking to create some new material in video form. "Both of us came to a point where we felt we weren't creating enough in our own voice. We had a unique dynamic and figured we'd just run with that," Jacobson said. The duo are both alumnae of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and continue to work on individual stand up and improv projects.

According to Jacobson, MICA had an influence on the show. "Although I didn't have the show in mind when I was a student, being in the General Fine Arts Department enabled me to explore various mediums. Minoring in video sparked my interest in the moving image, writing, and acting," she shared. "My years at MICA allowed me to train myself to have to come up with ideas quickly and figure out how to execute them."