Sneak peek the premiere of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

Broad City, the Comedy Central series that began as a webseries by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, has its TV debut on Jan. 22, 2014. But the premiere episode already hit the Internets over the weekend for you to enjoy now or at your leisure over the next few weeks.

Comedy Central’s site describes Broad City as “an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City. Abbi and Ilana are broke and flawed, and they don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them — they dive right into the muck. But no matter how bad it gets, these young broads are always down with whatever hits them.”

It’s like American Hustle, but in 2014, there is no long-con going on, and there’s slightly less sideboob. But only slightly.

The premiere, “What a Wonderful World,” finds Abbi and Ilana figuring out what they’re willing to do (or not do) to obtain tickets to a Lil’ Wayne concert. The episode features Hannibal Buress as Lincoln, Paul W. Downs as a trainer who works at the gym with Abbi, Chris Gethard as Ilana’s boss at a web “deal” site, John Gemberling as Bevers, plus Arturo Castro and Stephen Schneider. And more! Like Fred Armisen more. And Nicole Drespel and Phoebe Robinson.

Amy Poehler, who brought the webseries to Comedy Central as their executive producer, talked to The Comic’s Comic earlier this year about shepherding young talent such as Jacobson and Glazer from the Upright Citizens Brigade stages in New York City and Los Angeles to television. Poehler told The Comic’s Comic:

“What is a useful thing for UCB to be doing more of is, we’re lucky enough to see and get performers kind of at their nucleus stage — when they’re pupae — and see their possibility. And we’ve been lucky enough to get to work with some of them on a bigger stage. I think we want to do more of that. I know that the thing I’m most proud of with the theater is the people that perform there and have come out of there, and I certainly take no credit for their careers, but I feel like I get to share in their success — so Broad City is an example of two women who produced their own stuff and were doing great stuff, and asked me to kind of join, and I thought, ‘Oh, I can see how I can fit in here and help them.’ And I’m really excited for it.”

Here’s a clip from the premiere:


Or since you have time now, start from the beginning…

“Broad City” season one on YouTube:

YouTube season two:

Broad City‘s first TV season on Comedy Central consists of 10 episodes, executive produced by Poehler, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, Generate’s Sam Saifer, and Jacobson and Glazer, along with Tony Hernandez and Eric Slovin as Co-Executive Producers. Brooke Posch is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

Broad City’s Glazer and Jacobson also continue to stage a monthly live show at the UCB Theatre in New York City. The next show is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2014, so don’t be surprised to see them in full promotional push mode with extra special surprises.

Sean L. McCarthy

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