Where Others Find Awkwardness, Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson Find Humor

“’We’re happy we have the [blur] bars. Very, very happy,’ says Glazer. ‘Lena Dunham is awesome. She is amazing. I love seeing her body on TV. Lena is like a vessel for the message that normal bodies are so beautiful and sexy and powerful. But I don’t think we would be that brave to be that vessel, even though you still, like, get that and people are like, ‘Wow, they’re not bony!’ Even though you get that same message, it’s not as strong as Lena’s. Lena’s isn’t for a joke, you know? Ours is always for a joke. We’re very grateful for those blurs. So grateful.’

‘It’s funny, with blurs we often fight with Comedy ­Central. We want the blurs to be as minimal as possible because if it’s such a big blur it ruins the joke.’ For a scene in which Ilana hoists her leg up to inspect her bikini line in a dressing-room mirror, they successfully lobbied against having the blur be pink. ‘We were like, ‘The character Ilana has pubes. She doesn’t have a shaved pussy like everybody on TV,’’ says Glazer. ‘And Comedy Central fought for it for us. They believed in it. It’s flesh color but also a little brown. Which is great. It was just like, ‘What is this? A waxed and bald vagina? This is an adult’s vagina!’ ”

There are so many things to love about “Broad City,” and this excerpt from Jada Yuan’s interview with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson in New York Magazine makes for one more. They rep real people’s vaginas, you guys! They also chatted with Yuan about their newfound position of making a statement about millennials through their show. When the two were filming the web series that inspired the Comedy Central show, they were in the midst of meddling through their own youth and simply capturing their reality. When the TV pilot they’d filmed years before finally made its way to Comedy Central, it remained mostly unchanged even as Glazer and Jacobson grew:

“Saying something about their generation ‘was weirdly not a conscious decision, because we were in that,’ says Jacobson. ‘We were that age when we started doing the web series and we were just …’

‘… Capturing the present,’ Glazer says.

‘And then, when we got picked up, it was like, ‘Oh, now we’re commenting on this time.’ Because once you have a show you’re not in the time anymore.'”

Examining one’s life at that level could make for some sobering moments, but Glazer and Jacobson take it in stride and turn it into some of the better humor TV has seen in years. Sigh, if only all of our youthful screw-ups could translate into art. Read the full article here!

[NYMag.com]