Ilana Glazer

Ilana Glazer

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Ilana Glazer
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Glazer in 2015
Born (1987-04-12) April 12, 1987 (age 30)
New York, United States
Medium Stand-up, improv, television, film
Years active 2006–present
Spouse David Rooklin (m. 2017)
Notable works and roles Broad City

Ilana Rose Glazer (born April 12, 1987)[1] is an American comedian, writer, and actress. She is best known for co-creating, co-starring in, and on some occasions co-writing for the Comedy Central series Broad City with Abbi Jacobson, based on the web series of the same name.[2]

Early life[edit]

Glazer is the daughter of Sandi (née Wexler) and Larry Glazer, who both work in insurance and finance.[3][4][5] She grew up in St. James, New York, with her brother, Eliot, and was raised in a Reform Jewish household. She went to Smithtown High School in Smithtown, New York.[6][7]


Early work[edit]

Glazer began taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2006 and performed around New York City doing improv and stand-up for the next several years.[8][9]

Broad City[edit]


In 2009, along with co-creator Abbi Jacobson, Glazer began shooting Broad City, a web series starring the two as fictionalized versions of themselves. The series was nominated for an ECNY Award for ‘Best Web Series’[10] and was positively received, garnering attention from major media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.[11] The series caught the attention of Amy Poehler, who subsequently met with Glazer and Jacobson to help them shop a pilot script based on the series.[12][13] Poehler also agreed to star in the web series finale.[14][15]

Glazer and Jacobson at Internet Week in 2015

In 2011, cable network FX, working with Poehler as the producer, purchased a script commitment for the series from Glazer and Jacobson. However, the network did not approve the script and decided not to proceed with development. Glazer and Jacobson then approached Comedy Central, who agreed to purchase the script from FX and order a pilot.[16][17]

Reception and renewal[edit]

Broad City made its broadcast television premiere in January 2014 and was received with positive reviews and strong ratings, becoming Comedy Central’s highest-rated first season since 2012 among the younger demographics, including adults 18-34, with an average of 1.2 million viewers.[18]

The show has received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. Review aggregation website Metacritic noted season 1 received “generally favorable reviews,” giving it a score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 14 critics.[19]

In February 2014, Comedy Central renewed the show for a second season.[20] Season 2 received positive reviews, with Metacritic giving it a score of 89 out of 100, based on reviews from 8 critics, indicating “universal acclaim.”[21]

In January 2015, the series was then renewed for a third season, which premiered on February 17, 2016.[22] In January 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth and a fifth season.[23]


Glazer starred in the 2013 independent feature film, How to Follow Strangers.[24] The film won top prize at the Lower East Side Film Festival.[25] She appears in the 2015 film The Night Before.[26] Glazer starred alongside Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon in the 2017 comedy Rough Night.[27]

Personal life[edit]

She graduated from New York University in 2009,[1][28] majoring in psychology.[29] She was once roommates with Rachel Bloom after college in Brooklyn.[30] She revealed to The New Yorker that she smokes marijuana every day, but rarely drinks alcohol.[29] In February 2017, Glazer married her longtime boyfriend, computational biologist[29] David Rooklin,[31] in a private ceremony.[32][33]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Nature Boys Elle Short film
2013 Little Horribles Lindsay Short film
2013 How to Follow Strangers Ellie
2014 High and Dry Vet Assistant Short film
2015 The Night Before Rebecca Grinch
2017 Rough Night Frankie


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Broad City Ilana Wexler Web series; 15 episodes
2012 That Untitled Webseries that Morgan Evans Is Doing Emma Episode: “Emma”
2013 CollegeHumor 1 episode
2014–present Broad City Ilana Wexler Lead role; also creator
30 episodes
2015 Lucas Bros Moving Co Sister Sister (voice) Episode: “Sister Sister Sister”
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Herself Episode: “80s Ladies”
2015–16 BoJack Horseman Penny Carson (voice) 2 episodes
2016 Time Traveling Bong Sharee Lead role; miniseries
2016 Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio Various Regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Broad City Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 Writers’ Guild of America Awards[34] Comedy Series Nominated
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards[35] Best Comedic Performance (with Abbi Jacobson) Nominated

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