04/02/2014 10:39 am ET Updated Apr 02, 2014

The Unruly Stoner Girl: What Makes 'Broad City' So Radical


If you haven't watched Comedy Central’s newest female-based comedy, Broad City, you’re missing something spectacular. It’s produced by Amy Poehler, which should be reason enough to give it a try, and the first three episodes have featured a stream of Poehler-friends. But the show — based on the long running webseries created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer — is more than just funny: it’s offering a truly radical vision of women.

But not in the way you might think — the Broad City protagonists are no Pussy Riot. They’re just two perpetually broke Jewish NYC girls who hate their jobs and spend most of their time doing very little. But this is much more bro-comedy than Jewish Girls. All the gross stuff the bros of Comedy Central do on The League and Workaholics, Abbi and Illiana do worse: they stuff sachets of marijuana up their vaginas, they Skype while one of them is having sex, they strip down to their panties to clean the house of a sexual fetishist in order to get enough money to go to a Lil’ Wayne concert. They fantasize about what their love lives would be like if they were dogs; they eat entire pizzas and throw them up. They smoke a ton of weed. They’re female stoners, and they’re hilarious.

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