Ilana Glazer

Ilana Rose Glazer (born April 12, 1987)[1] is an American comedian, director, producer, writer, and actress. She co-created and co-starred, with Abbi Jacobson, the Comedy Central series Broad City, which is based on the web series of the same name.[2] She was twice nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the series. Glazer also starred in the 2017 film Rough Night and released her debut stand-up comedy special, The Planet Is Burning, in January 2020.

Ilana Glazer
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer at Internet Week 14 (cropped).jpg
Glazer in 2015
Birth nameIlana Rose Glazer
Born (1987-04-12) April 12, 1987 (age 33)
St. James, New York, U.S.[citation needed]
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Alma materNew York University
Years active2006–present
David Rooklin
(m. 2017)

Early lifeEdit

Glazer is the daughter of Sandi (née Wexler) and Larry Glazer, who both work in insurance and finance.[3][4][5] 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]


Early workEdit

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 CityEdit


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]

Jacobson and Glazer 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]

From 2012 to 2014, Glazer co-created the web series Chronic Gamer Girl with Alex Charak.[20][21]

Reception and renewalEdit

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.[22]

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.[23]

In February 2014, Comedy Central renewed the show for a second season.[24] 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."[25]

In January 2015, the series was then renewed for a third season, which premiered on February 17, 2016.[26] In January 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth and a final fifth season,[27] which premiered January 24, 2019.


Glazer starred in the 2013 independent feature film, How to Follow Strangers.[28] The film won top prize at the Lower East Side Film Festival.[29] She appears in the 2015 film The Night Before.[30] Glazer starred alongside Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon in the 2017 comedy Rough Night.[31]


Glazer's debut stand up special The Planet Is Burning premiered on Amazon Prime in January 2020.[32] It was directed by Ryan Cunningham and Glazer served as an executive producer.

Personal lifeEdit

Glazer was once roommates with comedian Rachel Bloom after college in Brooklyn.[33] In February 2017, Glazer married her longtime boyfriend, computational biologist[9] David Rooklin, in a private ceremony.[34][35] Glazer is queer and has credited her work on Broad City with helping her understand her sexuality.[36]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Nature Boys Elle Short film
2013 Little Horribles Lindsay Short film
How to Follow Strangers Ellie
2014 High and Dry Vet Assistant Short film
2015 The Night Before Rebecca Grinch
2017 Rough Night Frankie
TBA False Positive Post-production
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
2014–19 Broad City Ilana Wexler Lead role; also creator
50 episodes
2015 Lucas Bros Moving Co Sister Sister (voice) Episode: "Sister Sister Sister"
Inside Amy Schumer Herself Episode: "80s Ladies"
Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Ilana Glazer vs. Abbi Jacobson"
2015–20 BoJack Horseman Penny Carson (voice) 3 episodes
2016 Time Traveling Bong Sharee Lead role; miniseries
Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio Various Regular
2018 Sesame Street Ms. Noodle 2 episodes
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself, guest judge 1 episode (season 10)[37]
2019 Green Eggs and Ham EB (voice) Main cast
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[38] Comedy Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Hack Into Broad City Nominated
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards[39] Best Comedic Performance (with Abbi Jacobson) Broad City Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Hack Into Broad City Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Nominated


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  17. ^ Arons, Rachel (February 5, 2014). "The Best of "Broad City" on the Web". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
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  19. ^ "Talking to Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of 'Broad City' About Their Upcoming Comedy Central Show". Splitsider. March 20, 2013. Archived from the original on May 20, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  20. ^ "Chronic Gamer Girl". YouTube. March 20, 2013.
  21. ^ John Wenzel (April 25, 2014). "High Scores: "Broad City" star Ilana Glazer even kookier in "Chronic Gamer Girl"". The Cannabist.
  22. ^ "Comedy Central Renews 'Broad City' for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  23. ^ Broad City: Season 1 at Metacritic, Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  24. ^ "Comedy Central Renews 'Broad City' for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. February 24, 2014.
  25. ^ "Broad City". Metacritic. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  26. ^ "'Broad City' Gets Season 3 Pickup From Comedy Central". Deadline Hollywood. January 14, 2015.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ "'Broad City' Breakout Ilana Glazer Can Do Drama, But She'll Never Be the Next Claire Danes". Indiewire. April 9, 2014.
  29. ^ "L.E.S. Film Festival's Top Prizes Go to 'How to Follow Strangers,' 'Having You'". Indiewire. June 24, 2013.
  30. ^ Rich, Katey. "See, It's Really Not Hard to Have Good Female Roles in a Studio Comedy". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  31. ^ "Girls go wild, again, in raunchy Rough Night from Broad City team". Los Angeles Times. June 16, 2017.
  32. ^
  33. ^ "Ilana Glazer and Rachel Bloom used to be roommates". Entertainment Weekly. April 4, 2016. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  34. ^ Clemmons, Rachael (February 28, 2017). "Wait, did Ilana Glazer have a super secret wedding?". Metro. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  35. ^ Baila, Morgan (March 13, 2017). "Broad City's Ilana Glazer Quietly Got Married IRL". Refinery29. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  36. ^ McVey, Ciara (January 17, 2020). "How 'Broad City' Helped Ilana Glazer Embrace Her Queerness". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  37. ^ Rudolph, Christopher (March 8, 2018). "Shania Twain, "Broad City" Stars And More Join The Judges' Panel On "Drag Race" Season 10".
  38. ^ "2016 Writers Guild Awards Nominees". Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  39. ^ "Get Out Leads the Nominations for MTV's First Ever Movie & TV Awards". April 6, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2017.

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