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30 Comedians to Know in 2016 PT 2

#20 & #19

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“Don’t carry weed in your vagina or black out.”

Ilana Glazer

“If you’re gonna be me, you gotta wear a dildo.”

Abbi Jacobson

 Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson started their pairing in the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in New York City. With Amy Poehler’s support, Glazer and Jacobson took their web series Broad City (which the two comedians both created and star in) to network television featuring big comedy names like Hannibal BuressSeth Rogen and Janeane Garofalo. The sitcom follows two friends in their 20s (Glazer and Jacobson), who experience “misadventures and carelessness and frivolity in New York City.” Ilana seeks to avoid working as much as possible while pursuing her relentless hedonism, and Abbi tries to begin a career as an illustrator but often gets sidetracked by always, inevitably, gets roped into Ilana’s schemes. Broad City has been nominated for an ECNY Award for Best Web Series.

It’s not surprising that Broad City, which premiered on Comedy Central in January 2014, has been renewed for a third season, which will premiere on February 17. IMDb, which describes the sitcom as being such a success due Glazer and Jacobson’s method of creating an unconventional type of humor by “making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time”, gave Broad City a rating of 8.5 out of 10. Newsday gives the statement (as seen on Metacritic) that Glazer and Jacobson “know how to nail situations [and] characters, while snappy edits cull fluff leaving only comic gold.” Newsday additionally, gave the show a score of 100. Rotten Tomatoes says the Broad City “compliments [the] collective brains of Glazer and Jacobson. The site gave the show a score of 98 per cent.

Although Glazer and Jacobson are clearly hilarious as a pair, they are both funny and talented on their own—they don’t need to rely on one another to make audiences laugh until they cry.

Jacobson, a successful comedian, writer, actress, illustrator and producer lived in and attended school in Wayne, Pennsylvania before eventually moving and attending Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to study fine arts, video production and stand-up comedy for one year with a brief period of studying at Emerson College. She then moved to New York City after graduating from MICA in 2006 (and then 3 three years later in 2009, started her career) and began taking classes at the Atlantic Theatre Company and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, where she met Glazer. Jacobson is best known for Broad City, Revelation 13 (2009), Special Things to Do (2011) and The Night Before (2015), Human People (set to air in 2016), but her entire 2009-2016 filmography is rather extensive. It can be seen here. Jacobson was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series in 2006. Follow Abbi Jacobson on Twitter.

The talented comedian-writer-actress Glazer grew up in St. James before taking classes at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in 2006, like Jacobson did. As she was taking classes, she was also performing around New York City doing improv and stand-up comedy, which she continued for the next several years. Glazer starred in the 2013 independent feature How to Follow Strangers (which won top prize at the Lower East Side Film Festival) and appeared in the 2015 film The Night Before.

Glazer was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Broad City in 2014 and 2015. Her entire filmography can be seen here. Follow Ilana Glazer on Twitter.

You can see clips and full episodes of Broad City on (Comedy Central) and Hulu. Also, don’t miss the premiere of season three on February 17 at 10pm on Comedy Central.

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