Poehler gives local girl her big TV break

ERIC MICHAEL PEARSON Wayne native Abbi Jacobson (top) and Ilana Glazer will star in Comedy Central's "Broad City," produced by Amy Poehler.
ERIC MICHAEL PEARSON Wayne native Abbi Jacobson (top) and Ilana Glazer will star in Comedy Central's "Broad City," produced by Amy Poehler.
Posted: March 15, 2013

 AMY POEHLER likes her ladies from right outside Philly.

The former "Saturday Night Live" and current "Parks and Recreation" star is not only besties with Upper Darby's own Tina Fey, but she's also the producer of "Broad City," a new Comedy Central show created by and starring Wayne's own Abbi Jacobson and her nonlocal buddy Ilana Glazer.

The 10-episode show will premiere in 2014.

"Broad City" started out as a webseries (broadcitytheshow.com). The premise is simple: "It's about two friends in their 20s trying to figure out s--- in New York," Jacobson, a Conestoga High grad, told me. But what separates "Broad City" from other media about youngsters finding themselves in the big city is the dynamic between Jacobson and Glazer, who have pitch-perfect chemistry.

Poehler told The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm excited to work with Comedy Central and introduce Abbi and Ilana to America. And all the other countries. And also Mars. We've got big plans."

* Speaking of Ms. Tina, she'll be on "Inside the Actors Studio" on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Bravo chatting it up with James Lipton. She'll discuss her time on "Saturday Night Live" (including her famous Sarah Palin impersonation), her Golden Globe hosting duties with Poehler and, presumably, her new movie "Admission," co-starring Paul Rudd, in theaters March 22. Fingers crossed for a Will Ferrell-as-Lipton cameo.

* Since we're talking "Saturday Night Live" here, I heard that the cast has been favoring the NYC version of Stephen Starr's Buddakan for its post-show parties. Last week, Justin Timberlake, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd and cast members partied down at the Starr joint after Timberlake's hosting gig.

Radio Times

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT is playing up a big announcement it plans to make Thursday morning. What is it? I hear it'll proclaim its new afternoon host and co-host. That slot is now occupied by Steve Matorano and Rich Zeoli, who replaced Buzz Bissinger. Unlike Buzz, I hear this guy is on the conservative side of the spectrum.

There's been quite the shake-up at WPHT in recent months. Michael Smerconish recently announced he's leaving his flagship station, joining up with SiriusXM for a new show on the POTUS Politics network, starting April 15.

Conklin's gamble

Can't get enough Joe Conklin? The man of a thousand voices has just inked a deal to appear at Parx Casino every Wednesday night for Conklin's Comedy Night featuring the man on the marquee, as well as his buddies from the comedy scene. Conklin's Comedy Night starts April 17, with shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Admission is $20.

Queen Supreme

Know a young lady between 10 and 16? Get her to the African American Museum on Saturday to learn about self-esteem from a trio of beautiful, confident women. Former Supreme Mary Wilson (whose dresses are on display at the museum), Motown talent agent Maxine Powell and Ursula Augustine, the owner of Rittenhouse make-up studio Ursula's About Phace Studio, will discuss how to love yourself inside and out. The event, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., is free.


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