Ilana Glazer

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Ilana Glazer
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer at Internet Week 14 (cropped).jpg
Glazer in 2015
Birth name Ilana Rose Glazer
Born (1987-04-12) April 12, 1987 (age 31)
St. James, New York, U.S.
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Alma mater New York University
Years active 2006–present
Spouse
David Rooklin (m. 2017)

Ilana Rose Glazer (born April 12, 1987)[1] is an American comedian, writer, and actress. She is best known for co-creating and co-starring in the Comedy Central series Broad City, which is 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] Glazer graduated from New York University in 2009,[1][8] majoring in psychology.[9]

Career[edit]

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.[10][11]

Broad City[edit]

Development[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'[12] and was positively received, garnering attention from major media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.[13] 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.[14][15] Poehler also agreed to star in the web series finale.[16][17]

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.[18][19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

In February 2014, Comedy Central renewed the show for a second season.[22] 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."[23]

In January 2015, the series was then renewed for a third season, which premiered on February 17, 2016.[24] In January 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth and a fifth season.[25]

Film[edit]

Glazer starred in the 2013 independent feature film, How to Follow Strangers.[26] The film won top prize at the Lower East Side Film Festival.[27] She appears in the 2015 film The Night Before.[28] Glazer starred alongside Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon in the 2017 comedy Rough Night.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Glazer was once roommates with comedian Rachel Bloom after college in Brooklyn.[30] She revealed to The New Yorker that she smokes marijuana every day, but rarely drinks alcohol.[9] In February 2017, Glazer married her longtime boyfriend, computational biologist[9] David Rooklin,[31] in a private ceremony.[32][33]

Filmography[edit]

Film
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
Television
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
40 episodes
2015 Lucas Bros Moving Co Sister Sister (voice) Episode: "Sister Sister Sister"
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Herself Episode: "80s Ladies"
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself 1 episode
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
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself, guest judge 1 episode (season 10)[34]
Awards and nominations
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[35] Comedy Series Nominated
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards[36] Best Comedic Performance (with Abbi Jacobson) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Broad City,' starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, tries to crack the 20-something code". The Washington Post. January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Talking 'Broad City' with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer". Splitsider. June 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Broad City Guests". Tumblr. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "Ilana Glazer: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Coping with the heaven, hell and humor of family travel". CNN. May 27, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Comedians Ilana Glazer Eliot Glazer". WEEKEND NAMES. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Meet the Broads of 'Broad City'". Forward. January 30, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "NYU Alumni Inspire: 18 Alumni Claim Spots on Forbes "30 Under 30"". January 16, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Id Girls". The New Yorker. June 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Bright Lights, 'Broad City': Some Face Time With TV Crashers Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer". Grantland. January 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Ilana Glazer Bio". Upright Citizens Brigade. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Drumheller Gargus, Nicole (January 16, 2014). "Local star Abbi Jacobson appearing on Comedy Central". Montgomery News. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "Abbi Jacobson, from MICA to 'Broad City'". The Baltimore Sun. March 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Paumgarten, Nick (2014-06-23). "Id Girls". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  15. ^ "Talking 'Broad City' with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer". Splitsider. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  16. ^ "Bustle". www.bustle.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  17. ^ Arons, Rachel (2014-02-05). "The Best of "Broad City" on the Web". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  18. ^ "FX Developing TV Version Of Web Series 'Broad City' With Amy Poehler Producing". Deadline Hollywood. November 22, 2011.
  19. ^ "Talking to Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of 'Broad City' About Their Upcoming Comedy Central Show". Splitsider. March 20, 2013.
  20. ^ "Comedy Central Renews 'Broad City' for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  21. ^ Ilana Glazer at Metacritic, Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  22. ^ "Comedy Central Renews 'Broad City' for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. February 24, 2014.
  23. ^ "Broad City". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  24. ^ "'Broad City' Gets Season 3 Pickup From Comedy Central". Deadline Hollywood. January 14, 2015.
  25. ^ Petski, Denise (January 6, 2016). "'Broad City' Gets 2-Season Renewal On Comedy Central; Pot Comedy Gets Green Light". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  26. ^ "'Broad City' Breakout Ilana Glazer Can Do Drama, But She'll Never Be the Next Claire Danes". Indiewire. April 9, 2014.
  27. ^ "L.E.S. Film Festival's Top Prizes Go to 'How to Follow Strangers,' 'Having You'". Indiewire. June 24, 2013.
  28. ^ Rich, Katey. "See, It's Really Not Hard to Have Good Female Roles in a Studio Comedy". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  29. ^ "Girls go wild, again, in raunchy Rough Night from Broad City team". Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2017.
  30. ^ "Ilana Glazer and Rachel Bloom used to be roommates". Entertainment Weekly. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  31. ^ David Rooklin. A dissertation. Program in Computational Biology. New York University. May, 2012
  32. ^ Clemmons, Rachael (February 28, 2017). "Wait, did Ilana Glazer have a super secret wedding?". Metro. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  33. ^ Baila, Morgan (March 13, 2017). "Broad City's Ilana Glazer Quietly Got Married IRL". Refinery29. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  34. ^ Rudolph, Christopher (March 8, 2018). "Shania Twain, "Broad City" Stars And More Join The Judges' Panel On "Drag Race" Season 10". Newnownext.com.
  35. ^ "2016 Writers Guild Awards Nominees". Awards.wga.org. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  36. ^ "Get Out Leads the Nominations for MTV's First Ever Movie & TV Awards". People.com. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.

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