As their show enters its fourth season, the actresses are living a Hollywood dream that is almost unheard of: rising from obscurity to fame while maintaining creative control and keeping your best friend at your side. And after writing, producing, starring in, and directing over 50 episodes, they say their collaboration is stronger, and more seamless, than ever.
As of this writing, they were still making final edits in preparation for the September 13 premiere, but Glazer says even these last-minute editing sessions have become more like “Zen exercises,” with hardly any disagreements and sometimes no need for discussion at all. “Over time, we’ve just gotten more on our game and need to say less,” she explains. Jacobson agrees: “In the beginning we were learning on the job, so we had to spend more time verbalizing what we wanted.” Now, she says, “when we’re looking at something like the timing of a scene, or what should have a longer beat, it’s more like a feeling.”
“We’re on a fucking roll,” concludes Glazer.
En route to a nearby hotel to grab food, Glazer and Jacobson discuss how the new episodes might surprise longtime Broad City fans. Some of the changes will be cosmetic: It’s the first season they’ve shot in winter, and the Florida-based episode isn’t their only excursion outside of their natural NYC habitat. But one of the biggest changes, they say, will be the presence of politics, specifically, how Abbi and Ilana react to the 2017 presidential election and its aftermath.
It goes without saying that a lot has changed in the world since last season, when Ilana volunteered at Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters, and Clinton herself made a cameo (turning Jacobson and Glazer into fangirl mush, they freely admit). In Season 4, Abbi and Ilana are still broke, high, scheming millennials, but now they’re also pissed off.