I don’t like to discuss politics too much but this video by Sarah Sophie Flicker sums up how I’m feeling about this election. I invite you to sing along to Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.”
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Broad City celebrated Season 2 with the screening of the finale at the 92Y Tribeca. The stars, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer hosted a spectacular evening screening episodes intermixed with live comedy and followed by an awesome dance party.
In the intimate setting, Abbi and Ilana shared their reservations in making this series about their exaggerated personalities which, after watching them live on stage together, were not actually much different from what you see on the show. They also spoke about the talented people who have helped them to put the series together including actors, directors, editors, musicians, and technical support and how they couldn’t thank them enough.
Kristen Schaal, of Simpsons fame, made an appearance on stage with her jokes about finding astonishment in real world situations including pulling out a pair of real Sally Jesse Raphael glasses that a former Production Assistant on the show gave her.
The premise of the finale is a chase that leads the girls through the west village in search of something unknown to the viewer till the end but the biggest surprise is Amy Poehler‘s appearance in finale (along with Kristen Schaal). Sorry if I spoiled the surprise before fans of the show could watch it online, but it is so amazing. Best part – Amy tells the girls to live their dreams.
In addition to the amazing cameos, the finale was the best episode ever because of its self-referential moments and homages to great films. It was directed by TJ Misny. Ilana noted that this was a full three-day shoot where people would ask, “What is this?” and Ilana would yell back, “Broad City, BITCHES!!!”
And finally, we were graced by this performance with highlights including the song entitled, “Pizza Party.”
All in all, I laughed and laughed and laughed and all in awe of the amazing work by these talented women.
The Season 2 premiere of Broad City is finally here. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson open the season with “Valentine’s Day,” a romantically soft episode that finds it comedic reality when the girls end up fighting over the ending of Thelma and Louise.
I enjoy the painfully awkward moments that the boisterous and sexual Ilana and the shy and prudish Abbi share. It doesn’t matter if these girls are on the street, at work, in a bar, or at brunch with their mothers, when some sort of awkward occurrence happens – the kinds that happens to us all every day. The cringeworthy reactions to these occurrences, however, never ceases to amaze me. The fact that Broad City is so true to real life yet the girls are some sort abstract but strangely real people all the same makes it totally hilarious.
I must say that my favorite scene from Season 1 of Broad City comes from the episode, “Instant Karma” when Ilana and Abbi enter the uber hipster McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Abbi says, “This is a park. We are allowed to be in it. We can do this.” I mean, who hasn’t felt that sense of anxiety when entering a park lined with benches full of judgmental people? It is this sense of fitting in and figuring out how to navigate social restrictions that lies at the core of Broad City.
All in all, I love how Broad City celebrates how not-so-put-together these girls are emotionally or physically and the encounters they have in New York City.