Ilana Glazer is ready for you so that you can know the real Ilana.
Her free-wheeling alter-ego at Broad-City is different from her co-star Abbie Jacobson’s comedy web-TV series Ilana Wexler.
For one, she jokes in her new stand-up special that, unlike a fake Ilana, she is mature enough to take vitamins before hitting a real Ilana bowl.
Jokes aside, Glazer has yet to figure out who the real Ilana is, after closing the decade-long chapter on Broad City World with the series finale earlier this year.
As in the last episode, the inseparable pair of Glazer and Jacobson has to increase the pain they are hitting themselves.
In an interview with All Things Conservative, he said, “When it comes to my work, I think of it as an individual unit … it’s tough.” “You know, it’s my twenties.”
Glazer will be competing on stage in the one-hour-long The Planet Is Burning, where his real-life solo performance will hit Amazon Prime next month.
In it, the 32-year-old wrestles with adult-y things like her marriage – and her discomfort with the unknown appointment of a “wife” and “husband.”
Like his Broad City character, Glazer still dances around, exits and sings with voices and impressions. But underneath that happiness is the intensity that is rarely captured on screen.
He and Jacobson are working hard behind the scenes while his 20-character shingles are constantly smiling at him. “It makes me feel a little bit like I’ve missed making a mistake,” Glazer said.
“Broad City is a reference to our mistakes, where we put them in a box and then put them in there. Now I don’t really have that box.”
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Over the past decade, Glazer said, she has also realized that she can reduce some emotions during work.
“I’m very grateful and very thankful for this opportunity,” she said. “Also, in Broad City, I played a lighter character and Abby played a darker role.”
Recently, she said, she has been embracing that black side.
The fire that lit up under him appears to have driven his political activism efforts. He helped launch the story, Generator Collective, which encourages Americans to share their own stories about how public policies affect them personally.
She said the group’s goal was to “reduce the barrier to entry for people to talk about politics.”
Glazer’s new subject may be another attempt to reduce that barrier to humor to talk about the current political moment.
In The Planet Is Burning, the comedian touches on the rise of white nationalism through a stolen-haircut joke and confirms the lack of climate change action as the “ultimate FOMO”.
When looking at her exclusive footage, she sees someone who is “more than Ilana Wexler.”
“Because of Ilana Wexler and Broad City, I’m like this happy guy,” he said.
“And I am, but I’m an optimistic nihilist.” Isn’t it as fun as we are on the planet? NPR’s Elijah Dennis and Janaya Williams produced and edited the interview for broadcast. Emma Bowman adapted it for the web.