When we speak, Ilana Glazer is a New Yorker in Los Angeles. Historically there has been great animosity between the two coastal meccas. But the “Broad City” co-creator — talking to us about a bit part in the Christmas Eve comedy “The Night Before,” with Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt — feels that rivalry is dying away. She even admits to looking forward to being bi-coastal sometime soon, which might come as a shock to fans of her and Abbi Jacobson’s very New York-centric show. Glazer talks to Metro about doing her first big movie and how “Broad City”’s forthcoming third season, premiering February 17, will be slightly different.
Los Angeles not only has a more laidback vibe than New York, but it also seems more difficult for the kind of guerilla-ish shooting you do on “Broad City.” You have to do more driving, maybe more planning.
That same insane planning, you need to have that in New York too. In L.A. your car is your office, but in New York the city is your office. You’re just out there. There’s equal planning in different ways. In New York, though, after work you can’t run home and change. You have to be a millionaire to not look sweaty and haggard in New York.
This is your first big movie. Did you spend a lot of time wandering around, seeing how everything works at that level of production?
Because Abbi and I created “Broad City,” we oversee every single part of it. I know how it all works. I know the different departments. It’s interesting to not be in charge of it — that was the strangest part. It was interesting to not be the one giving all the answers. You learn how you want to do your own stuff and you don’t want to do your own stuff.
You spend most of your scenes with Anthony Mackie. He’s not someone who’s strictly known as a comedic actor. You’ve done that on “Broad City,” like when you had Patricia Clarkson come on for last season’s finale.
It was amazing to me when I first met Anthony on set that he hadn’t done comedy, because he’s so funny. There’s that thing about dramatic actors in comedic roles and comedic actors in dramatic roles. I always think that creates something special. Anthony is really funny and really open and really down. Every time I see him I just want to write something for him. And Patty Clarkson, she’s a great dramatic actress but using her in “Broad City” resulted in one of the funniest scenes we ever had. It was a scene that shouldn’t have been funny, but she made it funny.
Your character, who wanders around by herself through different parties and bars and steals thing, seems like someone who could only live in New York.
She’s very New York. There were parts in there that didn’t make it in, some exposition. She was a Grinch because she’s Jewish, which cracked me up. She has this big fall off the building [safely onto a pile of garbage bags] — that seemed like someone who’s been in New York for such a long time that she’s like, “I know there’s a trash heap down there. I’ll be fine.” That’s a very New York thing — knowing these little secrets to make it around the city. She had those secrets at every corner.