Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson

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Abbi Jacobson
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Jacobson at the 2015 PaleyFest
Born (1984-02-02) February 2, 1984 (age 34)
Wayne, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Comedian
  • actress
  • writer
  • illustrator
Years active 2009–present

Abbi Jacobson (born February 1, 1984) is an American comedian, writer, actress and illustrator. She co-created and co-starred in the Comedy Central series Broad City with Ilana Glazer, based on the web series of the same name.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jacobson is the daughter of Susan Komm, an artist, and Alan Jacobson, a graphic designer.[2][3] She is Jewish.[4] She was raised in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where she attended Valley Forge Middle School and Conestoga High School. She studied fine arts and video production at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied stand-up comedy for one year with poet Jeremy Sigler with a brief period of studying acting at Emerson College.

She moved to New York City after graduating from MICA in 2006; she began taking classes with the Atlantic Theater Company and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where she met Ilana Glazer.[5][6] [7]


Broad City[edit]

From 2009 to 2011, Jacobson and Glazer wrote and performed in a web series titled Broad City, which focused on their lives in New York. The series was nominated for an ECNY Award for Best Web Series.[5] It was well received by critics and developed a cult following.[8] At the Upright Citizens Brigade, Jacobson and Glazer adapted the series into a live show that they performed in, called Broad City Live.[5]

In 2011, cable network FX, working with Amy 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.[9][10]

Jacobson and Glazer at Internet Week in 2015

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.[11]

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.[12] Karen Valby from Entertainment Weekly described the show as a “deeply weird, weirdly sweet, and completely hilarious comedy”.[13] The Wall Street Journal referred to the show as “Sneak Attack Feminism”. Critic Megan Angelo quotes Abbi Jacobson, main star of Comedy Central’s Broad City: “If you watch one of our episodes, there’s not a big message, but if you watch all of them, I think, they’re empowering to women.”[14] The A.V. Club critic Caroline Framke wrote that Broad City was “worth watching” despite its “well-trod premise”, and that the series is “remarkably self-possessed, even in its first episode”.[15]

Season one of the show received a 96% “Certified Fresh” rating from Rotten Tomatoes, based on reviews from 23 critics, with the site’s consensus stating, “From its talented producers to its clever writing and superb leads, Broad City boasts an uncommonly fine pedigree.”[16] The A.V. Club named Broad City the second best TV show of 2014 for its first season.[17]

In February 2014, Comedy Central renewed the show for a second season.[18] Season two received positive reviews, with Metacritic giving it a score of 89 out of 100, based on reviews from 8 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.[19] Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season a rating of 100%, based on reviews from 11 critics, with the site’s consensus: “Led by two of the funniest women on TV, Broad City uses its stars’ vibrant chemistry to lend an element of authenticity to the show’s chaotic yet enlightening brand of comedy.”[20]

In January 2015, the series was then renewed for a third season, which premiered on February 17, 2016.[21] In January 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth and a final, fifth season.[22]

Other work[edit]

In 2011, Jacobson wrote and performed in a solo show called Welcome to Camp, which ran in New York and Los Angeles.[23]

In December 2015, Jacobson was cast in the film Person to Person, opposite Michael Cera and Phillip Baker Hall, written and directed by Dustin Guy Defa.[24] Jacobson also starred in The Lego Ninjago Movie, released on September 22, 2017.[25]

In 2017, Jacobson hosted a 10-episode podcast about modern and contemporary art called A Piece of Work co-produced by The Museum of Modern Art and WNYC Studios.[26]

She voices Princess Bean in Disenchantment.[27]


In 2013, Jacobson published two coloring books with Chronicle Books: Color This Book: New York City and Color This Book: San Francisco.[5] Jacobson also illustrated a book titled Carry This Book, published October 2016 by Viking Press.[28] It features colorful, humorous illustrations of the imagined contents of various celebrities’ bags. “I have always been intrigued by what people carry around with them. It can tell you everything” says Jacobson in the book’s introduction.[29] Well-received by critics, Carry This Book was a New York Times bestseller.[30]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2018, Jacobson said in an interview she is bisexual [31].


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Revelation 13 Danielle
2011 Special Things to Do Mary Short film
2011 Upload Elaine Short film
2014 High and Dry Studio Mate Short film
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Jessica Baiers
2016 The Master Chicken (voice) Short film
2017 Person to Person Claire
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Nya (voice)
2018 6 Balloons Katie
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Vag Magazine Moon Cup Episode: “Feminist Sweepstakes”
2010–2011 Broad City Abbi Abrams Web series; 15 episodes
2012 Jest Originals Reenactment Amanda Episode: “I Didn’t Know I Was Gilbert Gottfried”
2012 Moms V. Pros 4 episodes
2013 CollegeHumor Episode: “Jake and Amir/All-Nighter: Jake and Amir’s Dream”
2013 Annie and a Side of Fries Annie Leonard Web series; 10 episodes; creator
2014–present Broad City Abbi Abrams 40 episodes; also creator
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Comedic Performance (with Ilana Glazer) (2017)[32]
2015 Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Sister Sister (voice) Episode: “Sister Sister Sister”
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Herself Episode: “80s Ladies”
2015 The Untitled Web Series That Morgan Evans Is Doing for MTV Blanche 1 episode
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself 1 episode
2016 BoJack Horseman Emily (voice) 5 episodes
2017 Portlandia Burning Man Girl 2 episodes
2018 Drunk History Gloria Steinem Episode: “Sex”
2018 RuPaul’s Drag Race Herself, guest judge 1 episode (season 10)[33]
2018 Disenchantment Princess Bean (voice) 10 episodes

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