Cold Opening: Broad City S1E1

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!

00:00








00:04




00:05


[vibrator buzzing]






00:08


[music playing]





00:11

[computer alert beeping]





00:14


ILANA

Ab, Ab, Ab-- No joke,

today is the day we become

Abbi and Ilana,



00:17


ILANA (cont'd)

the boss b*tches we are





00:18


ILANA (cont'd)

in our minds.

Are you with me?




00:21


ABBI

Yeah, I'm with you. Awesome.

(beat) Are you-- Is that the whole thing?


ILANA

Obviously I have a plan.

00:28


ILANA (cont'd)

Tonight we are going to see a secret pop-up Lil Wayne concert at Bowery Ballroom.




00:33


ABBI I can't, I'm so broke.





00:35


ILANA

No excuses, girl. I'm getting big

ol' balls of mozzarella today.

Chea-- Get it!

Chea-- Harder.


00:40


ABBI

You're gonna have to speak

in English for me.




00:42


ILANA

I am getting my paycheck today

and I can spot you, bitch!




00:44


ABBI

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.


00:54


ILANA

Stir-fry? Can I talk to the Abbi who stole a van?




00:58


ILANA (cont'd)

Ab, you're so stuck in your little routine.





1:00


ILANA (cont'd)

I bet you schedule when you jack off.





1:02


ABBI

Schedule when I ja--

(exhales deeply)




1:06


ABBI (cont'd)

Oh, my God.






1:08


ABBI (cont'd)

Is that Lincoln?






1:09


LINCOLN

Yep.






1:10


ABBI

Is he inside of you?






1:11


LINCOLN

Yep.






1:12


ILANA

I'm just keeping him warm.






1:13


ABBI

Alright-- Let's just set some ground rules here for everybody involved.





1:17


ABBI (cont'd)

I don't want to see you have sex.






1:19


ABBI (cont'd)

Let's try and avoid that.

Lincoln, uh...






1:21


ABBI (cont'd)

You seem well.






1:23


LINCOLN

Thank you--






1:24


LINCOLN

I've been doing this no-bread

diet and it's pretty good.

It's been working.




1:27


ABBI

Alright---I'm gonna head out, then.





1:29


ILANA

Peace, bye.






1:30


ILANA

That was hot--

That was cool.





1:32


ILANA

That was like a threesome,

in a way.


LINCOLN

Uh, Ilana... What are we doing?


1:36


LINCOLN (cont'd)

Are we just having sex,

hooking up?

Are we dating?




1:38


LINCOLN (cont'd)

What is this?


ILANA

This is purely physical.




1:43


LINCOLN Why does this always

happen to me?










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