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An evening with the amusing Broad City stars and creators.
Photography ByANTHONY GOBLÉ
Written ByJAYME CYK
Makeup ByTOBY FLEISCHMAN
Hair By KYLEE HEATH
“I have a constant tightness in my chest that’s excitement anxiety,” says Broad City co-creator Abbi Jacobson about the show’s new season. “I feel more confident than I think I have in the past.” Ilana Glazer, the other half of Broad City, mirrors that sentiment. “I kind of have no doubts about this season,” she says. “I’m so proud of it and it’s just so fucking good.”
Broad City, which started out as web series in 2009, is now in its fourth season on Comedy Central. The show follows the hysterical co-creators around New York City and captures their shenanigans and the challenges they face. But after a three-month hiatus between writing and filming, as well as an impactful election, Jacobson and Glazer decided to rewrite a bevy of episodes. “A couple of episodes were drastically changed, and they needed to be rebroken,” says Jacobson.
So what can we expect this season? Think: incredible cameos (keep scrolling to find out who will be guest-starring on the show), one-liners you’ll be repeating for the rest of the year, episodes directed by both Jacobson and Glazer, and typical New York City millennial stereotypes you love to hate. “People who already watch the show will be rewarded so deeply,” adds Glazer. “I do think that the older we get and the more we do this, the more people we are able to reach.”
We joined the stars at The Hollywood Roosevelt before their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to document their pre-event hair and makeup, and to discuss Broad City’s new season, how amazing RuPaul is, and why Oprah and Gayle are ideal dinner dates.
SUBJECT: Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson
OCCUPATION: Actresses, writers, directors
OCCASION: Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance
VENUE: The Hollywood Roosevelt
THE LOOK: Ilana: Skirt and top by Chris Gellinas, shoes by Paul Andrew, jewelry by Slight; Abbi: Dress by Adeam, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood
Tell us about this new season and what we can expect.
Ilana Glazer: This season starts and time has passed. The world keeps moving even when we’re not watching it.
Abbi Jacobson: Originally we wrote it in the spring of 2016. So we write for three months, and then we have this hiatus because we both had other projects. Then when we came back, about two months before we started to shoot, the election had happened. After the election, we had so much more on our minds and we wanted to the season to reflect that.
IG: Election or no election, the opportunity to get away from the scripts and come back elevated the quality in a way that we hadn’t experienced before. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that in writing something. But it gave us this perspective and I don’t even think we knew what we had.
Last season you had some pretty incredible cameos. Who will we see this time around?
IG: We’re really excited about RuPaul because she is in three episodes. When Ru was there, I kept thinking, You’ve paved the way for Broad City. Ru represents queer and everybody of color, and opened a lot of doors for everyone else. We also have Fran Drescher, speaking of people who paved the way for us.
AJ: Steve Buscemi, Wanda Sykes, Shania Twain.
IG: Cynthia Erivo, who is up and coming, but we’re obsessed with her because she’s so delicious and amazing. Marcella Lowery, who is a staple New York City actor.
AJ: Jane Curtin.
If you’ve never seen Broad City, what should you know going into this new season?
AJ: I would say you’ve been missing out. I would say you should watch the rest of it because it builds on itself.
IG: You can watch it now, but it’s just more rewarding because you’re watching the evolution. You’re missing out. I would also just say, it’s really fucking funny.
What other projects do you both have in the works?
AJ: I’m in LA doing an animated show that I’m the voice of. It’s called Disenchantment and it’s going to be on Netflix. It’s Matt Groening’s new show. It’s pretty rad. That comes out in 2018. I’m also a voice in the Lego Movie that comes out September 22. I’m the—I hate to say this—the one girl. It’s really cool and I’ve never done any kid’s stuff.
IG: I have a stand-up tour in November. I’m doing it with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams of 2 Dope Queens. I also voice this character in Green Eggs and Ham, which is coming out next year. It’s Warner Brothers and that was a heartfelt experience. But I’m also getting into producing.
Are you both into beauty when you’re not on set?
AJ: I don’t wear a ton of makeup, but I wear a few things. I want to look like I’m not wearing any makeup. I slowly pick up things that Toby [Fleischman] has or all the hair and makeup people that we work with and see what they use on me. Then I choose what to get myself. My main thing right now is this Anastasia Brow Pencil. My brows don’t come in and I have little holes. If I wear nothing else I’ll do that.
IG: I totally echo that sentiment about looking natural, but I just started wearing a little bit of makeup and it’s fun. I’m really into Glossier Boy Brow in black right now. I also really like lipliner as lipstick. Then there is Givenchy Lipstick that’s black and goes to your pH and brightens your natural color and bumps it up. I’m so obsessed with this skincare line called Retrouvé. I also just got into doing a whole face regimen. I didn’t do it before, but then I got my first facial last fall. The facialist told me you’re supposed to do it twice a day, but I don’t have time. I do it at night.
What would a great evening out in LA look like to both of you?
AJ: It would be dinner with friends at a dope restaurant.
IG: Definitely a dope dinner.
AJ: I’m not a wild person. I would say dinner and then hanging out. I was just at someone’s house and they had a big table on an outside porch and it was new people and people I knew and we were just constantly forming new convos.
IG: I’m the same. A baller dinner and a house party. I love that vibe.
AJ: I was just saying last week that I went to Sushi Park and I’m obsessed with it. Not fancy, but fancy in a food way.
What’s your getting-ready soundtrack?
IG: We would probably start with Beyoncé. Love on Top. It always starts with Beyoncé and then it goes backward in time to Whitney [Houston].
Ideal dinner date?
IG: I just miss my grandparents. If we’re talking hypotheticals.
AJ: Not to be like my character on the show, but I think Oprah would be like pretty great at dinner.
IG: Oprah, Gayle, and us would be delightful—for us at least.
AJ: I bet if you asked them, they’d say us.
What’s your pre-game beverage?
AJ: I would say a seltzer [pauses], on the rocks! Pre-gaming doesn’t exist for me anymore. I never go that hard.
IG: Yeah, me neither. Also, when you’re younger you pre-game because it’s cheaper. If I were to pre-game, my ideal way to get drunk would be picklebacks, pickle juice and vodka. It’s so fucking good.
Ilana is always up to play with makeup. The best thing to say to a makeup artist is, I want more. We really bumped up her eyes for this with some teal and gray shades. She’s wearing a really pretty teal dress, but I kept the rest of the face natural with a matte nude lip. On her eyes, I used a discontinued liner called Tarte Skinny Smolder Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Emerald, Troy Surratt Smoky Eye Baton in Fumee Noir, and Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara. For foundation I used It Cosmetics CC Cream and the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. On her lips is Nars Power Matte Lip Pigment in Get it On. —TOBY FLEISCHMAN
We created texture using a pin iron, like ¼ inch. I like this Sultra iron because you can wrap just at the tip of it or wrap at the base toward the tip of it. I started at the bottom at the nape of the neck and worked my way up, then sprayed with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and separated the curls using a rattail comb. Then I pulled it into three ponytails arranged vertically. —KYLEE HEATH
For Abbi, we channeled a ‘90s supermodel look. I just wanted to play up her big brown eyes and go with warm tones and that beautiful Spice ‘90s lip. I used a Chanel Cream Shadow in Silver Pink, the Tarte Tartist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette, and the Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara on the eyes. For foundation I used It Cosmetics CC Cream and the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. On her lips are also Chanel, a mix of the Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Antoinette and Adrienne. —TOBY FLEISCHMAN
We had a full press day today, so I prepped her with Oribe Volumista on damp hair and then blow-dried with a deep center part. Then I created texture with a 1-inch iron and I used the Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo and the Oscar Blandi Texture Spray. When we switched her look for Jimmy Kimmel I wet her hair down just at the part and redried just that area and created a side part. I applied a little bit more of the Oribe Volumista and I created a texture using the 1-inch iron again, but I curled it back away from her face and left the ends out.—KYLEE HEATH