Amy Poehler-Produced 'Broad City' Ordered to Pilot by Comedy Central

11:55 AM PST 10/08/2012 by Seth Abramovitch
Comedy Central

The comedy, from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, is based on the web series of the same name and was originally being developed at FX.

Comedy Central has given a pilot order to Broad City, based on the web series from the comedy duo of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.

The announcement, which comes after the project was originally being developed at FX, was made on Monday by Comedy Central head of original programming and production Kent Alterman.

A perfect example of the do-it-yourself spirit that drives comedy these days, Broad City began as a sketch idea at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, then grew into a web series that drew the admiration of founding UBC alum Amy Poehler, who recommended it to Alterman for consideration as a broadcast series.

Like a looser, sketchier version of Lena Dunham's HBO hit Girls, Broad City trades on the same brand of hipster post-feminism, set against the lively backdrop of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs.

"Amy Poehler told me this would be a great show for us, and that's good enough for me," Alterman says in a statement.

Jacobson and Glazer will serve as EPs alongside Poehler, Dave Becky and Sam Saifer. Tony Hernandez is co-executive producer, and Brooke Posch is the executive in charge of production with Comedy Central.

 

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