Since FX premiered Louis CK’s groundbreaking comedy in 2011, people have asked, why hasn’t TV made more shows like Louie? The simple answer is because the world doesn’t make more Louis CKs: utility artists who can write, direct, produce, edit, and shoot a series all on a shoestring budget in exchange for creative freedom. But in a more general sense, there’s every opportunity for cable channels to make more shows in the spirit of Louie: small-bore, tight-focus comedies that reflect the first-person voice of a particular comic, with more room for experimentation and tangents.
Broad City, premiering on Comedy Central tonight, is exactly that kind of show. Its voice is first-person-plural, the persons being Upright Citizens Brigade comics Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who introduced their eponymous characters in the web-video version of Broad City. (The series is co-executive-produced by Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler.) The Ilana and Abbi of…
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