Amy Poehler & 'Broad City' Stars On Why Diversity Made the Show Successful
Broad City just finished up a banner first year on Comedy Central: A renewal, tons of thinkpieces on why everyone should be adoring this show as much as the critics, the blessings of Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham. But before the show premiered in its new format on Comedy Central, it had its first life on the Internet as a web series with the same name and concept. It was there that the series caught the attention of Comedy Goddess Amy Poehler. Now we get to listen to Poehler and Broad City stars/creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer wax poetic on the process of bringing their show, their comedy, and their personas from YouTube to the rest of the world.
There's a special pleasure in watching genuinely talented, smart, and funny people talk about making their genuinely good, smart, and funny things. This is especially true when it's a mixture like this one: Of new, fresh faces and established comedy vets. And in the still relatively new age of Internet content making the leap to more mainstream audiences, there's a blending of worlds that's taken place with Broad City that we should all probably be paying attention to.
Poehler also spoke to a recent hot topic: How issues of diversity and representation play into Broad City's success: