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“Broad City” and the rise of the female stoner

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Broad city stars Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer and Hannibal Buress, and airs on Comedy Central (Wed 10:30 / 9:30C).
posted by mysticreferee (36 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

The subway pole joke in this clip is great.
posted by mullacc at 11:05 AM on March 7 [7 favorites]

great so i'm gonna have to watch this show apparently
posted by ninjew at 11:18 AM on March 7

I like that they're using a Pax Ploom in this trailer.
posted by porn in the woods at 11:19 AM on March 7

Here they are with Reggie Watts on Getting Doug with High.
posted by saladin at 11:23 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

I can't believe I once watched nearly an hour of Sarah Silverman smoking pot on Getting Doug with High.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:24 AM on March 7 [2 favorites]

Is today Hannibal Buress Day on Metafilter? I mean, he's no Worf...
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:31 AM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Don't lookat me, I'm just drinking at work in my front cape.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:34 AM on March 7 [2 favorites]

Hopefully this will kill the paleo diet fixation.
posted by I love you more when I eat paint chips at 11:36 AM on March 7 [3 favorites]

I have been shamelessly cribbing from Broad City for at least a year now. I'm so embarrassed that I haven't actually watched the full on legit TV show yet. Strongly considering quitting life and just marathonning this forever.
posted by Sara C. at 11:37 AM on March 7

My wife and I have been watching the show since the pilot aired, and have been going through their old Youtube clips as well. The duo had great comedic chemistry on Youtube, but the supporting cast (particularly Burress) and presumably some writing/production guidance have made the CC show even funnier.

I hope they can keep it up -- the last season of Key and Peele and the current season of Portlandia have been kind of disappointing compared to earlier seasons.
posted by tonycpsu at 11:45 AM on March 7

From the FPP: their general behavior is not anything most women would want to point to and say, "She’s just like me!"

Well, maybe not "just like me." It's more, "Oh god, remember how ridiculous our 20s were? And we didn't even smoke that much weed."
posted by evidenceofabsence at 12:13 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

i am watching the first episode and it's really good. like really
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:14 PM on March 7

It's like Girls but funny!

(I like Girls but...yeah)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:14 PM on March 7 [5 favorites]

I love that the subway clip includes a cameo from the all-green lady of Carroll Gardens.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 1:00 PM on March 7

I enjoyed that subway pole joke.
posted by Pudhoho at 1:14 PM on March 7

Crushing it.
posted by cashman at 1:14 PM on March 7 [5 favorites]

I love Broad City. I'm in the same age range and demographic group as Glazer & Jacobson, and something about their characters' friendship really rings true to me. Much moreso than other comedies that aim to depict female friendship (ahem - 2 Broke Girls).
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro at 1:16 PM on March 7

Heh, i spotted multiple people even just in that trailer who were in high maintenance(also their general site)

If you like this, you'll like that. I'm definitely going to watch more of this, it basically seems like workaholics but with an all female cast...
posted by emptythought at 1:40 PM on March 7 [3 favorites]

but workaholics is terrible
posted by mullacc at 1:50 PM on March 7 [3 favorites]

the similarities are undeniable though, at least in every clip of this i've watched so far(and i've b been powering through them). and i don't mean in some really rudimentary "there's some main characters and it's a comedy show" kind of snarky way.

there's a lot of stylistic overlap in jokes/setups i could see either show doing.

Weirdly, i could also see several of my friends who hate workaholics watching this and laughing at it, and i can't really explain why. I think a lot of people dismiss that show as "stupid bro humor" despite the fact that this is pretty much doing the same schtick. the "skyping while fucking a dude" thing in the trailer was definitely the same level of crass workaholics would reach for.
posted by emptythought at 1:53 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

I saw an episode of workaholics and it was awful. I saw an episode of broad city and it was okay but not my thing.

Both were better than the goldbergs, with which I was recently trapped on an airplane.
posted by postcommunism at 1:59 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

That subway pole gag was pretty funny though.
posted by postcommunism at 2:01 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Can't stand Workaholics.

Broad City is awesome.
posted by etherist at 2:28 PM on March 7

I actually think the pole bit would've been funnier if they hadn't fallen. The two extras didn't do the best job on that.
posted by ReeMonster at 2:55 PM on March 7

I've seen one episode of Broad City, which I really enjoyed. The duo's chemistry kind of reminds me of the vibe between the Flight of the Conchords fellows. Glad they've been given a second season.

And speaking of new shows on Comedy Central, last night was the premiere of Review with (comedy genius) Andy Daly, which was insanely good.

It appears that after many years of fucking around, Comedy Central is finally getting its shit together.
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:22 PM on March 7

The pole joke would have been funny if they wouldn't let her have her pole back. That's what it is to be homeless in NYC.
posted by grounded at 3:29 PM on March 7

This week, I had my early-20s niece over for dinner and the whole first season (so far) of "Broad City." We're obviously very different ages and lifestyles, but HOLY HELL did we both laugh ourselves sick. I didn't expect the episodes to hold up so very well to rewatching, but I enjoyed them just as much the second time through.

last night was the premiere of Review with (comedy genius) Andy Daly, which was insanely good.

I've been waiting patiently for this show for a long time, and I'm glad to see the delay was to provide lots of promotion instead of to bury the show quietly. Andy Daly is reliably the funniest person on every comedy podcast I listen to; the premiere of "Review" did not disappoint me. I knew I'd be laughing 'til I cried at the show itself; I did not expect to keep laughing during the commercial breaks, just in reflection and anticipation.
posted by Elsa at 3:29 PM on March 7

I don't care for drugs or profanity, but Broad City is pretty cool.
posted by travelwithcats at 3:45 PM on March 7

I can't believe I once watched nearly an hour of Sarah Silverman smoking pot on Getting Doug with High.

Damn you PeterMcDermott! I have to be someplace in an hour but now I'm thinking, "hmm, maybe I'd rather hang out with Sarah and crew instead..."
posted by hapax_legomenon at 4:14 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure why I keep watching this show. Hannibal Burress? It's 15% pretty good, 60% mediocre, and 25% really lazy, cheap laffs. The last episode culminated in an extended poop joke. The comparison to Workaholics is apt. It makes the Workaholics writers seem like Larry David in comparison. One insomniac evening I even watched the web series, which is downright terrible.
posted by BabeTheBlueOX at 9:21 PM on March 7

And speaking of new shows on Comedy Central, last night was the premiere of Review with (comedy genius) Andy Daly, which was insanely good.

Also highly recommended: Andy Daly's Podcast Pilot Project, a new podcast featuring a number of Andy Daly characters, which have been featured on Comedy Bang Bang among other podcasts. From Earwolf.
posted by krinklyfig at 11:41 PM on March 7

I'm kind of surprised at the animosity towards workaholics for some reason. I guess maybe I shouldn't be but I think it's a smarter kind of dumb than it looks.
posted by atoxyl at 1:44 AM on March 8 [2 favorites]

Never heard of Broad City before so I started watching tonight. It got enough chuckles to get me through four episodes, but there wasn't any single laugh out loud moment for me so far. My favorite bit was them being at the office supplies store to get an envelope to mail their taxes, when Abbi has the paranoid freakout and attacks the cardboard cutout.

I feel like they're close, flirting with the level of humor I get out of Key and Peele. The thing is that their brand of comedy works best going over the top, whereas Broad City, appealing to stoners, could do better by dialing it back a bit and not making the jokes as obvious. The other moment I really appreciated from the tax episode was at the end, when she puts all of her stuff into the envelope and then casually drops it into the garbage next to the mailbox. That's the kind of thing that might have passed me by, but I caught it a second later and my inner stoner laughed triumphantly.

Might seem like a weird thing to say given the stereotypes, but writing/producing comedy for those on the pot is a very fine line. So far I feel like they've played it conservatively but they have great chemistry and supporting cast, so I'll stick with them for now.
posted by mannequito at 2:21 AM on March 8

The article states that Amy Poehler once judged for the cannabis cup; anybody know more about that?
posted by werkzeuger at 4:58 AM on March 8 [2 favorites]

This show is awesome, as is Workaholics (though I'll grant Workaholics has been falling off since most of the guys got real gigs on other shows). The characters have a lot of charm to them, and really do well with the low-stakes fuckuppery of their milieu. Probably my favorite new show on TV (and it accurately sums up the majority of women I dated or crushed on for a long period, except some of 'em were also in grad school).
posted by klangklangston at 5:20 PM on March 10

So I watched the first two episodes over the weekend, and I'm blown away. Especially since the first few episodes of any show are arguably the weakest. This already blows Girls out of the water and is actually laugh-out-loud funny in a way most TV isn't. Also watching this and also Lena Dunham's SNL episode this weekend really put into perspective how well Broad City does "edgy" as compared to just about anything else out there right now.
posted by Sara C. at 5:35 PM on March 10

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