Tribeca 2016 Broad City panel: What we learned from Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
And no, Ilana and Abbi (probably) aren't going to hook up
Kelly Ripa asked what everyone was thinking when she moderated Tribeca Film Festival’s Broad City panel Sunday: When are Abbi and Ilana going to get married? “I think they are married, you know?” show co-creator and star Ilana Glazer responded. “In the way that they need to be right now.”
She’s got a point. The two already do everything together, whether it’s going to the bathroom (thank you, Skype!) or, in the upcoming season 3 finale, attempting to make it to Israel for the show’s version of a Birthright trip. “After the emotional stuff they went through this season, it was nice to give them a break,” Broad City writer Paul W. Downs, who also plays Trey, says. “They wanted to go on a little escape, so a free trip sounded good.”
Keyword: “sounded.” Actually getting to their destination is filled with bumps, which you can see for yourself when the finale airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. Until then, read on for what Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Downs, and Broad City director/writer Lucia Aniello had to say about their writing process, who inspired Ilana’s Deals Deals Deals storyline, and what Abbi and Ilana’s romantic future looks like.
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Their goal: Make each other laugh
Glazer, Jacobson, Downs, and Aniello write the bulk of the episodes by sketching out outlines on a whiteboard and then collaborating on a shared Google Doc. “We just try to make each other laugh in the Google Doc,” Aniello said. And prioritizing what makes them laugh is part of what drew Aniello and Downs to the project in the first place when it was still a web series. “It’s so authentic. [Glazer and Jacobson] were tickling themselves,” Downs said. “Do the thing that you think is funny and you think is good. Don’t try to be like another show.”
Kelly Ripa’s Broad City role is, apparently, her most memorable yet
After decades on TV, Ripa finally caught her 14-year-old daughter’s attention when she played a hard partier on one 2015 episode of Broad City. “My daughter came home from school and she said, ‘Did you, like, actually do something?’ I was like, ‘What do you mean? I do lots of things,'” Ripa said. “She’s like, ‘No, something cool. People are talking about it. They say that you’re cool.'” It wasn’t just her teenage daughter that was impressed, either: “I’ve worked on camera for 27 years and the only thing that anybody ever says to me is, ‘I loved you on Broad City,'” she laughed.
Ilana’s Deals Deals Deals experience comes from real life
Except Glazer wasn’t the inspiration: Aniello was. She worked at a company called Lifebooker with Jacobson and Glazer when they were making the web series — and wasn’t exactly Employee of the Month. “The start time of this job was already 11 a.m. and Ilana and I would get there at 11 a.m. and, no joke, be like, ‘Where’s Lucia?'” Jacobson recalled. But it ultimately caught up to her. “I did get fired eventually,” Aniello said. “And they immediately deactivated my email account, like, within a minute, as if I was going to do something. I was like, ‘You know me! I don’t do things.'”
Sorry, ‘shippers: Ilana and Abbi probably aren’t hooking up
Ilana isn’t shy about her affection for Abbi, but that doesn’t mean they’re about to take their relationship to the next level. “I’m pretty sure they’re not going to hook up … It’s like part of the setting of the show rather than a plot point,” Glazer said, referring to her character’s crush on her best bud. “It’s this feeling that’s always going to be there in the show. We like that feeling.”