We have been carrying a torch—perhaps, in this case, in the form of a big joint—for Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the real-life BFFs behind Broad City, one of the best raunchcoms we’ve seen in years. In advance of their September 27 performance at JFL42 in Toronto, we grilled them about what makes the perfect night out, season 1 behind-the-scenes shenanigans and what’s ahead for season 2.
Abbi’s cobalt bandage dress is a prized piece in Broad City. Describe your own go-to going-out outfit.
AJ: My go-to thing these days is tight skinny jeans, black booties, and maybe a cool top. Pretty simple.
IG: I would do comfy shoes, if they are heels probably a boot or a more substantial heel. I like swishy, meshy tops or a Murphy Brown–style button-down with cute, well-altered jean shorts.
The Broad City ladies love to smoke weed. What are your preferred indulgences before heading out for the night?
AJ: I’m such a procrastinator so I never leave enough time to leisurely get ready. I do in the morning for work, but at night I’m like always f-cking rushing and putting makeup on. Not that I wear that much makeup, but whatever. If I have time, I’ll drink a glass of wine but that might be it.
IG: I definitely smoke a bowl before I go out. I don’t think I can have a glass of wine or I’ll fall asleep when I get to wherever I’m going. I like to chill, I hate to rush. I have my candles, f-ck around a little bit, and put on some music—something empowering that makes me feel like a bad b-tch.
You used “Started from the Bottom” to great effect in your fantasy sequence last season. How would you spend a night out with Drake?
AJ: We’d go to a raw bar, do some shrimp, some lobster… I’d hit it hard.
IG: I’d just be straight-up and chill with him and his posse. I’d be like, ‘where do you like to go when you’re in the city?’ And just see how he lives. I feel like Drake is more my friend than my lover.
Which of your fellow JFL42 performers would you most like to party with?
IG: Definitely Lena [Dunham].
AJ: Oh yeah, Lena’s going to be there! Totally.
Do you ever get the giggles while filming?
IG: Definitely. I always do with Chris Gethard, who plays my boss. There’s a scene in “The Fattest Asses” [episode 5], where he comes to my desk. [He reprimands her for bringing a giant Air Dancer into the office, and she yells back at him, indignantly.] It always cracks me up to be rude. I’m still so bad.
AJ: It was really hard to keep a straight face with Amy Sedaris in the ninth episode [Sedaris plays a real estate agent who shows Abbi a series of disastrous New York apartments. Clip below].
What are your plans for season two?
AJ: We aim to go deeper with the characters and the world. We were kind of going horizontally, but now we want to really grow the roots into the ground.
IG: With both girls, we get to know their preferences for things, their families, what they’re into, what sets them off, what they’re scared of. We get to know them in a deeper way.
Why do you think your partnership works so well?
AJ: There’s never a doubt that we both want to make the show the best we can. We’re both in it so hard and we both realize how lucky we are to have this opportunity.
IG: From the beginning, we both had this work ethic, which is why we initially clicked. And, creatively, we always have each other’s backs.
Do you ever disagree?