Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer
The hilarious, often gross and frankly weird saga of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer debuted in 2014, as a web series, with the two stars and co-creators playing heightened versions of themselves: Young women living in New York City, drifting from one small adventure to the next, often making mistakes (like Ilana’s occasional appropriation of black culture), rarely getting what they want, but always taking comfort in their friendship. Abbi, an aspiring artist and the more timid of the two, works as a cleaner at a gym called Soulstice; Ilana, the wild one, spends her days sleeping in the bathroom at her sales job, an online company called Deals Deals Deals.
The two struggling comedians would see their careers explode after Comedy Central turned it into an untraditional sitcom, thanks to comedian and executive producer Amy Poehler. Through it all, Jacobson and Glazer have remained the closest of collaborators. “We came with these essential parts to creating a partnership that moved each other forward,” Glazer tells Newsweek, which spoke to the girls—as they call themselves—and their many collaborators about the story of Broad City, as it draws to a close.
“Tune in to Comedy Central on March 28 and get ready for a cry fest,” says one of those collaborators, Lucia Aniello, her own voice quavering with emotion.