PREVIEW: Abbi and Ilana freak out when they meet Hillary Clinton on Broad City

Jeff Pfeiffer

It’s been no secret for a while now that pop culture can play a big role for political candidates in getting exposure. Saturday Night Live has played a part in this, as the show has, this season alone, included appearances from presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and even courted controversy by allowing candidate Donald Trump to host an episode. Late-night talk show appearances are also a staple for people who are running. This week, Hillary Clinton takes a different approach as she makes an appearance on tomorrow’s (March 16) episode of Comedy Central’s Broad City (which was filmed in December).


Broad City stars and co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer were at SXSW for a panel this week and talked about the episode, which they indicate does not openly endorse Clinton.

“We were not trying to make a political statement,” Jacobson told an audience at SXSW. “That’s not our show, really. It was really more that this is something that Ilana’s character would do. Even regardless of where we stand, Hillary is such an iconic figure. These girls being around her is not an everyday thing. That’s how we felt being around her. It was like, ‘Oh, this is a different world.’”

It sounds like the gist of the Clinton appearance is the two young women “geeking out” over meeting someone as famous as the former secretary of state. You can sort of see that in this preview clip, where Abbi and Ilana have a freakout-worthy run-in with the candidate as Ilana prepares to leave her job at Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters.

Broad City airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT on Comedy Central.