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*This interview was originally published August 25, 2010. Check out Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s critically acclaimed Comedy Central series “Broad City,” with season two starting January 14. 

You know when you get into a band way before anyone else, read a book that doesn’t become popular for a year or two, are a fan of a show no one else seems to watch until it’s third season, etc? You never lose that connection to the band/book/show, like you were somehow a part of it’s success. I was lucky enough to be turned on to Broad City recently, and I can tell I’m watching something now that I will undoubtedly take claim for “totally knowing they were gonna be huge” after they become huge. The duo that makes up Broad City is smart, witty, fun and uber talented. Continue reading for a little discussion I had with the broads, and to get in on the soon to be out of the bag secret that is Broad City.

Serial Optimist: How did the collaboration start with the three of you?

Broad City: We (Abbi and Ilana) met in 2007 as the only women in a long-dead improv group, Secret Promise Circle. We became good friends and had a distinct dynamic that made us laugh all the time. We realized our friendship was very love/hate and sort of ran with that. We’re both pretty tomboyish but also very girly in ways, and it’s been entertaining to see how similar and very different we are, which is really where the show came about.

SO: What is the general theme of Broad City?

Broad City: The general theme is that we’re funny bitches, for real. It’s easiest to describe the show as Curb Your Enthusiasm crossed with Sex and the City, where Abbi and Ilana explore their 20s — career, interpersonal skills, friendship, identity — in a stoner-chick way. But it’s also all of those things in a very realistic way. A lot of shows exaggerate or romanticize the lifestyles of New Yorkers–we specifically don’t do that and find the way things really, truly are, is always the funniest.

SO: Web series have become a huge influence on television. From a series getting put on TV, to writers being hired to develop something or write for something, etc. What opportunities has Broad City given you all so far, and where do you hope/seeing it take you?

Broad City: Besides getting laid a lot more and being asked out on some dates finally, we’ve been approached by a production company about shopping around our impending pilot. We were in The New York Times, which was absolutely crazy for us and the perfect opportunity to legitimize our comedy aspirations to friends and family! Overall it’s enabled us to work with some extremely talented people and gain exposure as writers, producers and performers. We want to take it as far as we can–really create an entire world for these characters and let them just live in it.

SO: Tell me about the competition you are entering and what it’s all about.

Broad City: We stumbled upon this competition online, but it’s kinda perfect for us!  It’s through NexTV Entertainment and it’s focused on web series and short films that could be adapted to television.  That would be the ultimate goal right now (as we’re about to embark on writing and producing a 22-minute pilot for Broad City), so it’s falling at a really great time. There’s a Viewer’s Choice portion where the series with the most votes goes right to the Finalist round-and that’s obviously where we want to be. The Judges are all big movers and shakers in the industry, and even to get the opportunity to have Broad City seen by them would be HUGE.

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SO Note: Follow Broad City on Twitter @broadcity, go to www.broadcitytheshow.com and watch all the Broad City episodes, (seriously do this, it is well the worth the time and a good quick ab workout from laughing so much).

*Photo Credit: Eric Michael Pearson