Abbi Jacobson is a comedian, writer, actor, illustrator, and star of Comedy Central’s critically-acclaimed series Broad City. Jacobson met her co-star Ilana Glazer while attending classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. Broad City developed on stage and on the web, earning the duo a cult-like status online and positioning them to become future TV stars.
From 2009 to 2011, the internet was treated to the Broad City web-series. Glazer and Jacobson’s show quickly gained traction, receiving positive reviews and major attention from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
Comedian Amy Poehler caught wind of the comedic duo and helped them shop around their idea of a Broad City pilot episode for television. In 2011, FX picked up the series. However, they didn’t approve the script and ended up selling over the show’s rights to Comedy Central. The show debuted in January 2014, receiving positive reviews and excellent ratings. Broad City was Comedy Central’s highest-rated first season since 2012, with an average of 1.2 million viewers.
Broad City is on their fourth season. Last night, the duo did shrooms. What will they do next?
Jacobson is also a graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied fine arts and video production. The 33-year-old has also created and published two coloring books: Color This Book: New York City and Color This Book: San Francisco. She also illustrated a 2016 best-selling book called Carry This Book.