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5 Things We Learned From the Broad City Girls 

5 Things We Learned From the Broad City Girls


Abbi and Ilana cover our April issue.

Photography by Ellen von Unwerth. Styling by Grant Woolhead. Market Editor: Michael Cook. Prop Styling by Greg Garry. Hair: Peter Butler at Tracey Mattingly. Makeup: Ayami Nishimura at The Wall Group. Manicure: Maki Sakamoto at Kate Ryan Inc. Shot on location at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York. Glazer: Dress by Lanvin. Jacobson: Dress by Lanvin.

Three years ago, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson were unknowns. Today, two episodes into the third season of Comedy Central's break-out hit Broad City, theirs is arguably the funniest show on television. Set in New York City and revolving around the unshakable and unimaginably positive friendship between Ilana and Abbi, Broad City is as much a testament of their love of their metropolis as it is to one another.

As Glazer and Jacobson grace the April issue of Out, we look back on our favorite moments from their cover story.

Read the Cover Story: How Broad City Became the Greatest Show on Television

They really, truly can't get enough of New York City.

"We were in L.A. for two weeks," says Glazer, wrapping herself up in a blanket. "It was so beautiful, so warm and nice. But we also just kept being, like, 'But you miss New York, right?'"

"I got into New York at midnight, but even on the drive over I was like, Yeah, this is more me," Jacobson adds.

A lot of thought went into their coverage of "pegging."

Last season's infamous "pegging" episode, in which Abbi's lover (her across-the-hall neighbor) asks her to screw him with a strap-on dildo, took many drafts to get right. "We were so back and forth," says Glazer. "We just didn't want the pegging to be the joke. We were so delicate about it." Jacobson concurs. "We just wanted to make sure it was very clear we were not, like, 'Pegging's crazy!' It was more about the specificity of needing this one Etsy dildo!"

They love how queer their show is.

Glazer: It's a privilege that we get to be this fluid. Also, women's sexuality--women's queerdom--is much less threatening to the mainstream than men's.

Jacobson: It shouldn't be.

Glazer: But I think straight men are uncomfortable, thinking that their dicks might quiver if they're watching a gay dude.

Jacobson: I think when people watch it, they're like, "What's the deal?" [with the sexual ambiguity] but it shouldn't be a deal. It's like, why can't anyone hook up with whoever they want?

Slideshow: Two Broads in the City

When you want to get Hillary Clinton on your show, knowing her SNL doppelganger is very helpful.

"We had decided that we didn't necessarily need Hillary to be in the episode, so we went ahead and wrote it, and then we were like, Fuck it, let's just ask her," says Jacobson. "We tried through various sources--one of our execs at Comedy Central had worked on her campaign, and obviously Amy Poehler has portrayed her--and she said yes, which was huge."

No, their characters won't be getting together on the show.

Glazer: If they hooked up, would it be for us, or for the male gaze?

Jacobson: Are people watching this, waiting for us to have a sex scene? That's not what this is about.

Click here to read the full cover story.

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