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Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson comes out as bisexual

Broad City star Abbi Jacobson has opened up about her sexuality in a new interview with Vanity Fairtelling the magazine, “I kind of go both ways.”

“I date men and women. They have to be funny, doing something they love. I don’t know — I’ve never really been interviewed about this before.”

Jacobson confirmed that she is single, and joked about potential suitors approaching her now that she’s out. “Yeah, who knows?” she said. “The world is my oyster.”

While promoting her role in upcoming drama 6 Balloons, Jacobson also spilled some details about RuPaul’s Drag Race and the next season of Broad City.

Jacobson said that Broad‘s fifth season was almost finished — the fourth season finished airing in December last year — and that they would be altering their approach to Donald Trump. During the fourth season, any mention of his name was bleeped like an expletive. Now?

“I think we are actually trying to avoid even mentioning him. It’s not even funny anymore.”

As for Drag Race, she and Broad City co-star Ilana Glazer will be appearing in season ten as part of a challenge, with Glazer and Jacobson judging the remaining queens’ performances. No spoilers on who could walk on their episode, however, as “it’s pretty much under lock and key over there,” she said.

“I know roughly when it airs because, as a judge, I know how many contestants are left. But I can’t say.”

Alia Shawkat Officially Comes Out as Bisexual

When you were ten, she played Maeby Bluth, and you wished you had her wild freckles and bouncy, curly hair. When you got older, you binge-watched all episodes of Search Party and drooled over her a Alexander Hamilton.

Last year, you watched her be Ilana Glazer‘s queer doppelganger and wished you were Ilana so that your queer fantasies could come true.

Well, today is a happy day. Because Alia Shawkat – of Arrested Development, Search Party, Drunk History and Broad City – has finally come out as queer.

She did it in a recent interview with Out (naturally) when discussing her latest film endeavor, a film called Paint It Black. Whereas Shawkat is known for her dry comedic wit, Paint It Black is a noticeably darker psychodrama. The film meditates on the queer and somewhat twisted relationship between a girl (Josie) and the mother of her dead boyfriend.

Shawkat always knew she was just a bit different. She was a tomboy growing up. When she was ten, her mother asked her, “Are you attracted to boys or are you attracted to girls?” Shawkat said that she didn’t know; who does when they’re ten?

However, she now identifies as bisexual, and credits her balance of “male and female energies” for her growth as an actress.

After Paint It Black, she’ll throw her energies into a film that she wrote and is starring in, Duck Butter. Duck Butter is a queer romance between two women. Fun fact: One of the parts was originally written for a man, but they couldn’t find the right guy, so they swapped the role.

Coming out as queer and creating queer content might be seen as a bold step, but Shawkat says, “I used to be less outspoken. But as a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet.”

Abbi And Carrie, Kristen And Annie, Ow my!

I am not one to gossip, or follow closely the tabloids, but I just had to share with you some of Hollywood’s newest queer couples.

Wait, that doesn’t right… Portland / NYC’s newest queer couple?

The urge to merge (TV shows)

Well, regardless of the city, I can’t even begin to explain how surprised I was when the rumour surfaced that Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson is dating Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein. I have been a huge fan of Broad City since the very first episode and recently spent 2 days glued to my couch binging on Portlandia.

A couple weeks ago, in one of my Instagram stalking sessions (slightly ashamed to share that), this photo came up.


Wait, do they know each other?

As Autostraddle later speculated, Carrie and Abbi are dating, adding:

My sources on the ground in Portland tell me that these two have been canoodling up a storm.”

As invested as I was to find out what was going on, there is no real proof about the nature of their relationship.

Maybe what made me so curious about this relationship was the fact that I never even saw Abbi as “one of us”!


Her Broad City character – also called Abbi – always struck me as straight, skilfully dodging her best friend’s attempt at trying the Arc de Triomphe (inside joke, you can check out the scene.

On the other hand, Brownstein was rumoured to have dated Taylor Schilling from Orange is the New Black although, again, we can only count on photos and wild speculation to assume they were in fact dating.

Music, Movies and Moving On

Moving on to the next rumour, are Kristen Stewart and Annie Clark dating?! The musician and St. Vincent‘s front-woman, Annie, was dating model Cara Delevigne for quite some time, making it harder and harder for me to leave Instagram with every post they uploaded. I mean, come on!


On the other hand, Kristen Stewart – everyone’s favourite “not out but really out” actress – was dating Alicia Cargile or, as most tabloids put it, “they were gal pals”. The couple were then rumoured to have broken up,  Kristen start seeing Stephanie ‘Soko‘ Sokolinski, and then her and Alicia got back together earlier this year.

Still with me?

But now my Instagram feed is filled with photos of Annie and Kristen hanging out in New York.


Los Angeles-based comedian Liza Dye met the pair backstage at a gig, and the pair were spotted apparently leaving the venue together, looking pretty cozy.

So, are they really dating or is this just some futile and desperate attempt to try to find the latest queer couple?

What are your thoughts on the latest couples? Are they really dating or is it just wild speculation? 

Let us know on the comments!

When The Broad City Duo Met The Sleater-Kinney Trio

Following Tuesday’s release of the Sleater-Kinney new album No Cities to Love, NPR has made available a full video of the intimate, 90-minute panel discussion, hosted by the stars and creators of Comedy Central’s Broad City. 

As part Q&A Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer peppered, the Sleater-Kinney trio – Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss –  with some great questions on creative restlessness, feminism, gender-based pigeonholing, audience and media expectations and commercialism.

Glazer even read off a few questions submitted by Amy Poehler, an avowed Sleater-Kinney fan who helped will Broad City into televised existence.

Watch the new Sleater-Kinney video featuring Ellen Page, Miranda July, Natasha Lyonne, Sarah Silverman and so many more of our faves sing the band’s new song, “No Cities to Love,” which is the title track off their album, coming out next Tuesday.

Broad City is Back and Better Than Ever, So Here are 10 Reasons to Watch The Show

This incredible funny show returned to Comedy Central Wednesday night, and boy had we missed the laughs.

From its roots as a YouTube sketch show, Broad City has morphed into a something akin to a more authentic, absurd, and funnier version of ‘Girls’. It’s the realness of Broad City that makes it such a joy to watch.

For all of the alienating privilege that Girls exposed viewers to, Broad City is for the rest of us who haven’t lived the Girls life. Ilana and Abbi are two refreshingly normal girls looking to break even and pay off the rent in a familiar way that embodies exactly what comedy is about; comedy is funny because it’s relatable.

1. Underaged Bongs

Our favourite duo get stoned with a group of college students while trying to steal their air conditioner – Excellent move.

2. Subway encounters

Abbi and Ilana encounter every possible faux pas while moving from train car to train car on the New York City subway.

3. Body Dysmorphia

Abbi and Ilana show each other what their bodies can do and experience the miracle of childbirth.

4. Breakfast of Champions

The pair compete in an intense cereal-eating competition.

5. Ilana Hates Gum

Abbi and Ilana argue over whether gum is delicious or disgusting.

6. Holiday Party Tips

Abbi and Ilana present a step-by-step guide to making the best of an awful holiday party.

7. Hot Guys

Broad City returns for Season 2 on January 14, and it’s going to get hot.

8. Movie Day

The girls take advantage of a movie theater’s lax ticket policy.

9. Never Have I Ever

Abbi, Ilana and friends experience a brief moment of realness during a game of Never Have I Ever.

10. Eight F**king Thousand Dollars

Abbi and Ilana take care of some serious banking business.

Why Comedy Central’s Broad City is the Lady-Led TV Show You’ve Been Waiting For

Girls on HBO is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s the reason to sign up to a cable subscription and Lena Dunham’s comedy writing voice is fresher than a ten ton stack of mints. Or, it’s offensive at times and ultimately not a reflection of the New York that many of the city’s inhabitants know and love. This depends on who you ask, but either way, Girls is creating the conversation, even if that conversation is sometimes on how it gets it wrong (namely in its representation of people of colour or lack thereof). The diverse faces and characters of New York may be better represented in Comedy Central’s hilarious new lady-led show, Broad, City, which is the show to watch for anyone looking for a new round of laughs.

Premiering in January, 2014, the new Comedy Central show made the jump from online to offline after being released as a web series, but a cult hit does as a cult hit needs and the requirement for a bigger audience, who would love it just as much as its online fans, was clear. Taking a chance on Broad City, Comedy Central’s unlikely test has become a sleeper hit, already renewed for season two, despite not finishing its debut season until March 26th. What makes the show a hit is the (often weed-based) humour of Ilana and Abbi, two friends who struggle to make a dime in the Big Apple, eschewing the pipe dreams that the ensemble of Girls are so insistent on following.

Too, perhaps it’s the realness of Broad City that makes it such a joy to watch. For all of the alienating privilege that Girls exposed viewers to, Broad City is for the rest of us who haven’t lived the Girls life. Ilana and Abbi are two refreshingly normal girls looking to break even and pay off the rent in a familiar way that embodies exactly what comedy is about; comedy is funny because it’s relatable. In real life, Ilana and Abbi are alumni of the Upright Citizens Bridge (the famous comedy troupe) and could make a Wall Street broker’s trade journal read like an SNL sketch but Broad City is also backed by the phenomenal star power of people like Amy Poehler (a producer on the show and season finale guest star).Not only this, but Fred Armisen’s comedy chops are also featured, helping to further stating that Broad City is one of the funniest show on the planet. So with all that said, maybe that headline is misleading as Broad City isn’t just a fine example of hilarity and irreverent fun, it’s the lady-led TV show that you’ve been waiting more, and then some.