Dear Abbi, I have an observation and a question. First, has anyone ever told you that you resemble a young Julie Kavner? Maybe I just watch too much Rhoda... My question is, when writing the show, do you and Ilana literally write scripts, or do you compose scenarios/dialogue and forward it to someone (i.e. Chris Kelly) for formatting/editing? I'm curious, as your story and rise has inspired me to get into script writing. As a n00b, using Final Draft is overwhelming/challenging/enthralling/etc.
I’ve never gotten Julie Kavner, but she is amazing, and I take that as a high compliment! You have to see, “This Is My Life” if you haven’t.
On to your question: Ilana and I do write our scripts. The way we work in our room is that we break the stories with everyone and then whoever’s script it is, goes and writes it and then we bring it back to the room and table it. We get notes from the network and we rework it. repeat. Final draft is daunting at first, but don’t let it intimidate you. The more you use it, the more comfortable you’ll be.
Hi Abbi! I'm considering going to MICA next year and was wondering how your experience was there? Did you find living in Baltimore safe?
I loved MICA. It took me 3 years and actually taking a leave of absence and going to Emerson for a semester to realize how much I loved it, but I loved it.
I learned how to see things at MICA, how to express myself in any medium, how to improvise. I learned how to talk about art and my feelings about art and the world. I met crazy interesting people. I lived in a beautiful little apartment on one of the most beautiful little blocks I will EVER live. My apartment got broken into + I used to sprint home at night from parties and bars, but I learned to love Baltimore even if it’s not the safest place in the world. I learned how to be safe in not the safest place.(SNEAKERS, bitch!) I found teachers who helped me and wanted to make me see things and be better.
I couldn’t recommend a better place to spend 4 years of your life growing and changing and making things.
I wanted to take a second to say thank you to all of you who watched the first Season of Broad City. What a motherfucking whirlwind! I’m like breathing in deep right now. You guys shared the shit outta this show. Thank you for checking it out and spreading the word. What a pleasure it’s been to share the show with you. It is actually more than a pleasure— it’s been an honor. I’m still overwhelmed on the daily that I get to do this.
So, now, we write. Cause we get to make 10 more for you cool cats! I couldn’t be more excited to show you the next round.
GET EXCITED, WE ARE!!
Broad City Season 1 FInale is TONIGHT!!!
10:30pm only on Comedy Central!
I’m so pumped for tonight! I’m so proud of this episode! Directed by a one Miss Amy Poehler.
Exclusive Interview with Steven Universe writer, Ben Levin! →
In case you missed my newsletter, I thought I’d post this here! Enjoy!
Ben Levin on Writing for Animation:
College/University: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. I like using the full title to confuse people.
Shows/series/personal projects you’ve…
Ben is one of my favorite people. We were on an improv team together a long time ago and I’m very proud him for all of his amazing accomplishments.
Hey Abbi, I made a Tumblr like today to ask you just one question, will there be a second season of Broad City? Just wondering because I it's an amazing show, I've seen each episode at least three times. Sincerely, a fellow New Yorker from Brooklyn.
Hell yeah broseph, we’re writing it right now! Thanks so much!
So funny story, i got hardcore expelled because i gave a girl aderral and she couldn't handle it (it was like 10mg) so she went to the nurse or whatever. So now i go to this secondary school where i get patted down and stuff. Its super fun or whatever. Anyways I just wanted to say that most of the time I'm suicidal or drunk but I'm neither of those things when i watch your show. Thanks for making me feel not so small. Also i think i want to marry Ilana. Or just hold her hand for like ever
I read this and I thought about what I was like in High School and what high school was like in general. It sounds like you’re in a rough spot, but I can also tell you are finding the funny and the bizarre in your situation, which is what you gotta do. I am happy our show can provide a bit of an escape, but more that that, I hope that you know that sometimes the best thing about high school is that it ends, and you get to reinvent yourself. You will continue to get to and have to reinvent yourself over and over, so be patient but also know that time makes everything better. In time, maybe you’ll be getting patted down everyday…in a good way :)
Ugh, terrible joke. I’m really hit or miss. I took this photo of myself for you to show you exactly what I’m doing on a Saturday night. I’m cool as fuck.