Television: ‘Broad City’ returns to Comedy Central in a changed landscape

Abbi Jacobson, left, and Ilana Glazer in "Broad City." (Comedy Central)

On a rainy summer afternoon in New York, Ilana Glazer is staring at her laptop in an anonymous Airbnb rental, where the plan is to do an interview about the new season of her show, “Broad City.”

After some fussing with her iPhone, she summons her creative partner, Abbi Jacobson, via FaceTime from Los Angeles. But as we start talking about Season 4, something catches Jacobson’s eye. “Sorry — time out,” says Jacobson, 33. “Great ear story!”

“Oh, my goodness, thank you,” replies Glazer, 30, cocking her head to display three hoop earrings dangling from the lobe of her right ear. “I’m telling a new ear story.”

“I never get a new ear story,” says Jacobson with feigned jealousy.

To viewers of “Broad City,” the banter will sound familiar. The buddy comedy, which returns to Comedy Central Sept. 13 after an unusually long hiatus, follows the New York misadventures of 20-something best friends Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler — slightly exaggerated, younger versions of co-creators Jacobson and Glazer.

In a comedy tradition dating back to Lucy and Ethel, the women are a study in contrasts. Ilana is a hypersexual, supremely self-confident free spirit with an outrageous wardrobe and vague professional aspirations. Abbi is more reserved, a struggling illustrator who worships Oprah Winfrey and has a paralyzing crush on her cute neighbor. Both are enthusiastic pot smokers. A recurring motif depicts the friends, whose apartments are separated by an annoyingly long subway ride, discussing the minutiae of their lives via FaceTime.

What’s keeping the two apart in real life is their busy professional lives. Jacobson is on the West Coast working on “Disenchantment,” an animated series created by Matt Groening for Netflix. Glazer, who was recently seen in the bachelorette film comedy “Rough Night,” is hunkered down in New York prepping a stand-up tour that begins in November.

In the 3 ½ years since its debut, “Broad City” has won praise for its blend of outrageousness and heart. In a sign of the series’ importance to Comedy Central, it was renewed for Seasons 4 and 5 before Season 3 even aired. While same-day ratings are relatively modest, the show draws a healthy weekly audience of 4.3 million viewers. And like many of the inventive, quasi-autobiographical comedies to which it compares — “Louie,” “Girls,” “Atlanta” — “Broad City’s” cultural influence far outweighs its Nielsen performance.

It has not only invaded the lexicon (see the sudden ubiquity of Ilana’s catchprase, “Yasss,

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