Broad City creators and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer announced at a SXSW panel today that an episode featuring Hillary Clinton will air this Wednesday. Clinton herself announced the guest spot with a tweet from the set of the show back in December, but the plot and timing of the episode involving the Democratic presidential candidate have been largely a mystery until now. This week's episode will also feature guest spots from Alan Alda, Rachel Dratch, and Cynthia Nixon as well.
The plot of the episode centers around Glazer's character — recently fired for tweeting a bestiality video from the corporate Twitter account of her Groupon-like employer — somehow making her way into the Clinton campaign.
Jacobson and Glazer wrote the episode without a part for Clinton initially, and said they reached out through a couple of lucky connections — their executive producer, Amy Poehler (who portrayed Clinton on Saturday Night Live for several years), and the director of the episode (who had a friend on the Clinton campaign). "You know that meme of Hillary texting? That's us, she's texting us," joked Glazer.
In the lead up to Hillary's visit to set (which E! reported lasted only 45 minutes), Glazer said they were prepared to not be surprised or offended if Clinton cancelled and Jacobson said that her initial reaction to the phone call from Clinton's campaign was "Yeah, okay, we'll see." Panel host and Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider remarked, "Right, she's busy, she's running for President! She just lost Michigan," which elicited groans from much of the ballroom, including Glazer.
"Hillary is such an iconic figure right now and she has been"
During the Q&A portion of the panel, a young women asked Glazer and Jacobson why they chose to film an episode with Hillary Clinton, stating that she assumed their beliefs would align closer with Bernie Sanders. Jacobson said: "That's not our show, really, we're not making a political stance here. It was really more that this is something Ilana's character would do. And Hillary, regardless of where we stand — and we love Hillary — Hillary is such an iconic figure right now and she has been." Glazer also responded to the question, saying, "We're trying to make really good TV. I wonder how you'll feel after seeing it. I think you'll agree that it's a really good episode of TV because Hillary Clinton is in it."