Comedy Central’s Broad City is four seasons in this year, and as the trailer for the upcoming season shows, series co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer aren’t toning things down due to age.
Released over the weekend, the 90-second clip shows Glazer and Jacobson (a Wayne native) taking digs at President Trump; going on a hallucinogenic trip; and rubbing elbows with celebrities like RuPaul, Wanda Sykes, and Shania Twain, among others. The new season will premiere at 10 p.m. Aug. 23 on Comedy Central.
And while the usual Broad City antics sound light-hearted enough, Glazer told the Daily Beast in a recent interview that the new season of the show is “as dark as the world is today.” Jacobson was less pointed, saying that season four of the show is “so relevant right now.”
As Jacobson told Vanity Fair in January, the new season of Broad City will take place in the winter, unlike the summer setting of the show’s three previous seasons. The comedic pair, the Daily Beast reports, decided to move the setting of the show to winter to reflect “the mood of not just [Jacobson and Glazer] but also the vast majority of their fans under President Donald Trump.”
Jacobson and Glazer reportedly also wrote season four of the show thinking that Hillary Clinton (who appeared on the show last season) would win the presidential election, but had to make edits to the script following President Trump’s victory. The goal, Glazer told the Daily Beast, was for the series to show the effects of “the beginning of the end of our democracy.”
“The mishegas that was going on in the country was there no matter who won the election,” Glazer said. “But the person who got elected, it pointed our narrative in a different direction than we thought it was going to go. Now it’s just constantly moving over the girls in the show the way it is [moving] over us in real life.”
Broad City launched initially as a web series in 2009, with Jacobson and Glazer basing the show off of their experiences in New York City, where the series is set. Comedy Central debuted the show as a television series in Jan. 2014.
Last season, Broad City featured a trip from New York back to Jacobson’s Main Line stomping grounds, SEPTA ride included. Season two, meanwhile, featured South Jersey’s Kelly Ripa as a hard-partying talk show host who is too extreme even for Abbi and Ilana.
Watch the season for trailer below. It contains adult themes, so please watch at your own discretion: