Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson

Highest Rated: 97% The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

Lowest Rated: 52% Person to Person (2017)

Birthday: Feb 1, 1984

Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA

As one of the creators, writers and breakout stars of the hit comedy series, "Broad City" (Comedy Central 2014-), Abbi Jacobson was part of a new generation of female comedy writers and performers who found success through their own creations. Along with her writing partner Ilana Glazer, the duo parlayed their 20-something experiences of being young, single and broke in New York City into a web series-turned-cable-comedy. Despite following other female-driven shows about singles in the big city, the series succeeds thanks to the duo's crackling onscreen chemistry and the outrageous yet rooted in reality story lines. Abbi Jacobson was born on Feb 1, 1985 in the Philadelphia suburb of Wayne, Pennsylvania. While in high school, she briefly dabbled in acting, taking Saturday classes at the Walnut Street Theatre and the Actor's Center in Philadelphia, but it was the visual arts that would be her first creative pursuit. She left her home state to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she pursued a degree in fine arts and a minor in video, the latter of which would soon overshadow her art career. After graduating in 2006, Jacobson made the move to New York City to try her hand at dramatic acting, but quickly discovered that comedy was more her forte, after she learned about the comedy incubator Upright Citizens Brigade. Jacobson found her comedic voice in improv and sketch and trained with the Atlantic Acting Conservatory and the Magnet Theater in addition to the UCB. It was there that Abbi met her future writing partner, Ilana Glazer, when the two bonded as the only women in their improv group. What followed was the typical grind for struggling creatives. Their mindless and varied day jobs to pay the bills would become future plotlines of their comedy projects. After relentless auditioning, Jacobson still couldn't get a commercial agent, so she and Glazer decided the only way to break into the business was to create their own material. In 2009, they started a scripted web series based on their friendship called Broad City. With the help of their UCB friends, the crudely produced show eventually blossomed into an online hit. By 2011, the duo was finishing up their second season and had a pilot they were looking to shop around. In their pursuit to end the show's season with a bang, they asked one of their UCB teachers to see if UCB founder and one of its most famous alumni, Amy Poehler, would be a guest star on the show. Much to their surprise, Poehler said yes and even signed on to become the executive producer of the TV series. With a big name attached to the project, Jacobson and Glazer quit their jobs and flew to Los Angeles to pitch the series as a television show. While FX had originally taken interest, they eventually passed on the pilot until Comedy Central took up the reins and ordered ten episodes, which aired in 2014. Drawing heavily from their own experiences, the characters were based on exaggerated versions of themselves. With a strong background in improv, the two actresses played off each other in a loose form akin to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO 2000-2011). Despite drawing strong comparisons to "Girls" (HBO 2012-) - another show about millennials figuring things out in New York City - the show steered away from drama and over-analysis and stuck to the brash and absurd. The series featured a mix of big name comic talent like Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Amy Sedaris, Jason Mantzoukas, Janeane Garofalo, Rachel Dratch and locals from the New York comic community. Jacobson's TV debut turned out to be an impressionable one, and the series was renewed for a second season. In addition to her comedy career, she was also a talented visual artist and illustrated two coloring books for Chronicle Books in 2013, as well as the illustrated humor book Carry This Book (2016), which reached the New York Times bestseller list. Continuing her re-engagement with her fine arts background, Jacobson began the podcast "A Piece of Work" in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art and WNYC in 2017, in which she and her guests discussed various aspects and particular works of modern art. Also during this period, Jacobson appeared in a small role in comedy sequel "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" (2016) before co-starring in indie drama "Person to Person" (2017) and animated comedy "The Lego Ninjago Movie" (2017). Continuing in animation, Jacobson collaborated with Matt Groening on adult-oriented cartoon "Disenchantment" (Netflix 2018- ), the story of an alcoholic fairy princess. In the fall of 2018, Jacobson published her second book, a collection of essays entitled I Might Regret This, written during a three-week cross-country road trip in 2017, following the breakup of her first serious relationship with another woman.

Highest rated movies

6 Balloons
Person to Person

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
97% 88% The Mitchells vs. the Machines Katie Mitchell (Voice) - 2021
86% 56% 6 Balloons Katie (Character) - 2018
56% 46% The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Nya (Voice) $59.3M 2017
52% 46% Person to Person Claire (Character) $48.3K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short Chicken (Voice) - 2016

TV

Credit
65% 71% Disenchantment Bean (Voice) 2018-2019 2021-2022
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 54% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crank Yankers Unknown (Guest Voice),
Guest
2019-2020
No Score Yet 86% Bob's Burgers Megan (Guest Voice) 2020
99% 86% Broad City Abbi Abrams (Character),
Writer,
Executive Producer
2014-2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet 22% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caption Contest Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2015-2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2016 2018
No Score Yet 79% RuPaul's Drag Race Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chris Gethard Show Guest 2015 2018
No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014 2016-2017
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2017
94% 80% Portlandia Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2016
No Score Yet 41% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pickle and Peanut Sneaky Patty (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle Contestant 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hack Into Broad City Abbi Abrams (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Doug With High Guest 2014