Only one episode in, and the ladies of Broad City are already boldly announcing themselves as rising, form-breaking powerhouses in the world of situational comedy.
With a nod to their modest beginnings as an indie Youtube web series, the show's first ever cold opening plays on the medium of video-chatting software as both a facilitator and filter among friends.
In under two minutes, Abbi and Ilana--their real names, as well as the names of their characters--packs in the character development, sets up numerous episodic and seasonal plot-lines, and use prop-based humor as a clear nod to this show's intended audience--that's right, this may not be one for the young or sexually repressed.
Screenwriters, enjoy our play-by-play breakdown S1E1: "What a Wonderful World" below, and be sure to catch Broad City on Comedy Central!
[computer alert beeping]
Ab, Ab, Ab-- No joke,
today is the day we become
Abbi and Ilana,
the boss b*tches we are
in our minds.
Are you with me?
Yeah, I'm with you. Awesome.
(beat) Are you-- Is that the whole thing?
Obviously I have a plan.
Tonight we are going to see a secret pop-up Lil Wayne concert at Bowery Ballroom.
ABBI I can't, I'm so broke.
No excuses, girl. I'm getting big
ol' balls of mozzarella today.
Chea-- Get it!
You're gonna have to speak
in English for me.
I am getting my paycheck today
and I can spot you, bitch!
I wish that I could, but I am so close to finishing season one of "Damages," and I made this, like, amazing cashew stir-fry for the week, so I'm actually pretty booked.