Abbi Jacobson (born February 1, 1984) is an American comedian, writer, actress, illustrator and producer. She co-created and co-starred in the Comedy Central series Broad City (2014-2019) with Ilana Glazer, based on the web series of the same name. Her other roles include voicing Katie Mitchell in The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021), Nya in The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017), and Princess Bean in the series Disenchantment (2018-present), in addition to appearing in the live-action films Person to Person (2017) and 6 Balloons (2018).
|Alma mater||Maryland Institute College of Art|
Jacobson is the daughter of Susan Komm, an artist, and Alan Jacobson, a graphic designer. She is Jewish. 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 (MICA), graduating in 2006 with a B.F.A. in General Fine Arts. While at MICA, she studied stand-up comedy for one year with poet Jeremy Sigler, with a brief period of studying acting at Emerson College.
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. It was well received by critics and developed a cult following. At the Upright Citizens Brigade, Jacobson and Glazer adapted the series into a live show that they performed in, called Broad City Live.
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.
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.
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. Karen Valby from Entertainment Weekly described the show as a "deeply weird, weirdly sweet, and completely hilarious comedy". The Wall Street Journal referred to the show as "Sneak Attack Feminism". Critic Megan Angelo quotes Abbi Jacobson: "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." 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". Jacobson was a fan of bands like Phish growing up and would often spoof her jamband fandom on Broad City.
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." The A.V. Club named Broad City the second best TV show of 2014 for its first season.
In February 2014, Comedy Central renewed the show for a second season. 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". 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."
In 2011, Jacobson wrote and performed in a solo show called Welcome to Camp, which ran in New York and Los Angeles.
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. Jacobson also starred in The Lego Ninjago Movie, released on September 22, 2017.
Her first appearance in BoJack Horseman was in the 2016 episode "The Bojack Horseman Show", in which she voiced Emily.
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. She plans to do a second season.
In 2021, Jacobson voiced Katie Mitchell in the Sony Pictures Animation film The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Additionally, she is currently a writer and producer of the upcoming Amazon series, A League of Their Own, based on the 1992 film of the same name.
In 2013, Jacobson published two coloring books with Chronicle Books: Color This Book: New York City and Color This Book: San Francisco. Jacobson also illustrated a book titled Carry This Book, published October 2016 by Viking Press. 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. Well received by critics, Carry This Book was a New York Times bestseller.
Jacobson published another book, I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff. The book was published on October 30, 2018 with Grand Central Publishing. With drawings throughout, the book of personal essays is centered around Jacobson's solo three week cross-country road trip. The 320 pages of personal essays and various short stories, although some are comical in nature, largely focus on Jacobson getting over her first love, first relationship with a woman, and general issues of identity. According to Jacobson, the book is centered around self reflection: "It's about how I've felt like an internal outsider for my entire life because I just never understood what love was, that I would never get to experience it, and being a public figure only heightened that anxiety."
In an April 2018 interview, Jacobson stated that she dates men and women but "they have to be funny, doing something they love".
|2011||Special Things to Do||Mary||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)|
|2021||The Mitchells vs. the Machines||Katie Mitchell (voice)|
|2010||Vag Magazine||Moon Cup||Episode: "Feminist Sweepstakes"|
|2010–2011||Broad City||Abbi Abrams||Web series; 15 episodes; also creator|
|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; also creator|
|2014–2019||Broad City||Abbi Abrams||50 episodes; also creator, writer, executive producer, director|
Nominated – MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Comedic Performance (with Ilana Glazer) (2017)
|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|
|2015–2018||Pickle and Peanut||Sneaky Patty (voice)||5 episodes|
|2015||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Ilana Glazer vs. Abbi Jacobson"|
|2016–2018||BoJack Horseman||Emily (voice)||7 episodes|
|2017||Portlandia||Burning Man Girl||2 episodes|
|2018||Drunk History||Gloria Steinem||Episode: "Sex"|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself, guest judge||Episode: "Breastworld" (season 10)|
|2018–present||Disenchantment||Princess Bean (voice)||30 episodes|
|2019–2020||Crank Yankers||Cheryl (voice)||2 episodes|
|2020||Bob's Burgers||Megan (voice)||Episode: "Three Girls and a Little Wharfy"|
|2020||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Diane||Episode: "Beep Panic"|
|TBA||A League of Their Own||Carson Shaw||Also creator, writer, and executive producer|
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- A Piece of Work podcast WNYC Studios
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- Broad City on Comedy Central
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