Ilana Glazer Talks About Broad City, Trump's America, and More

Ilana Glazer Talks About Broad City, Trump's America, and More

The fourth season of Broad City tackles Trump's America in V108.

The fourth season of Broad City tackles Trump's America in V108.

Photography: Alana O'Herlihy

Styling: Britt Berger

Ilana Glazer talks exactly like Ilana Wexler, her free- wheeling, weed-loving, polyamorous character on Broad City, the genius show she co-created with friend Abbi Jacobson. The similarity isn’t so much in what she says, though. It’s how the two Ilanas both speak: with a roller- coaster cadence and words that come out ready-made for italics.

“It is literally so good, it is wild,” she emphasizes of the show’s fourth season, which premieres August 23 on Comedy Central and features guest stars like RuPaul. “We had a bizarrely fortunate experience where our schedule was pigeonholed into this certain time frame because Abbi and I were both doing movies. [After working on the scripts], we took a hiatus, and in that hiatus, the fucking election happened.” Glazer and Jacobson had made their support for Hillary Clinton clear when the former candidate brie y appeared on season three, strutting like a boss at her campaign headquarters and winking at the girls as they hyper- ventilated with joy.

“We had prepared the scripts for a different fate,” Glazer deadpans. They scrambled to rewrite, but the news didn’t affect the overall story arc. “It was this resistance tone that the show embodies,” she explains.“We’ve always had that. But I think we [used to think], Well, we’re still little white girls, and there was a certain and necessary humility to the show. Whatever shame anybody carried about having this incredible platform— as women, too, it has made such a big difference that we have this platform—whatever mixed feelings we had melted away, and it was just a spear being sharpened and sticking into the heart of what we have been getting at all along.”

Just the sort of fighting words we love. With fictional Ilana and Abbi going up against Trumpian politics, they join a long list of artists using their craft to speak out against the current administration, but they’re bound to be the ones that make us laugh the loudest.

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