Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer will briefly step aside from her partner-in-comedy Abbi Jacobson in order to produce a new Comedy Central miniseries called Tim Traveling Bong, based on a short sketch Glazer created for College Humor in 2012. The Broad City duo spoke to Entertainment Weekly recently, with Glazer offering an update about her side project and what it’s like not working in tandem with Jacobson.
“We just shat out the first producer cuts. It cracks us up! It’s so ridiculous,” Glazer said of Time Traveling Bong. “On Broad City, we’re like, ‘We dumb!’ It’s like so stupid, but people are like, ‘They know what they’re doing!’ So they’re like, ‘It’s smart,’ but we’re like, ‘No, no, no – it’s so stupid.’ Time Traveling Bong is also so stupid, and we’re also like that’s smart [too], but it’s not.”
As for some of the places the Bill & Ted-esque paraphernalia will travel, Glazer said, “We go the Salem Witch Trials, obvs. We meet Michael Jackson. We go to paleo times, which in real life, I’m like, ‘I would kill it in paleo times. I would rule my tribe.’ And then we go to the future.”
While not involved in the miniseries’ creation, Jacobson added of the show, “I think it’s smart. It’s historical references throughout. Very smart observations about history.” As for working on separate projects, Jacobson said, “As writers and performers, our voice together as a ‘duo’ is very different than when we’re acting or writing individually. Our individual voices make our collective one, but we have different things we want to explore more.”
Watch the original “Time Travelling Bong” sketch below: