Emmy spotlight: Ilana Glazer steals scenes on ‘Broad City’

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Broad City” has me laughing uncontrollably more than any other TV comedy. Unfortunately, the hysterical show has yet to find Emmy love. But, after two Critics Choice nominations for Best Comedy Actress, it’s time for star Ilana Glazer to make her grand Emmy entrance.

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Glazer plays a heightened version of herself alongside with co-star and co-creator Abbi Jacobson. A pot-smoking, sexually adventurous millennial in New York, Glazer’s hyper personality turns even the most mundane moments of city living into comedic gold. This often includes getting high at the most inopportune of moments or finding the most creative way to aggravate her co-workers.

There are at least three open slots in the Best Comedy Actress category as Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) competed for the final season of their respective series last year. Reigning four-time champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) as well as Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) are all eligible to return. 

Among those looking for their first bids are Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Blackish”). And 2011 winner Melissa McCarthy could return to contend for the final season of “Mike and Molly.”

Although this field is incredibly competitive, Glazer has the goods to surge to the top of the pack. Let’s consider this scene-stealer’s Emmy chances.

As one of two central characters, Glazer is a true lead and has a central story in every episode.

While her co-star is equally as talented, TV academy members prefer flamboyant and extravagant performances like the one she delivers every week. Last year, Emmy voters nominated Tomlin’s kooky peyote drinking hippie over Fonda’s more measured performance in “Grace and Frankie.” Glazer’s wild antics provide perfect Emmy bait.

Glazer also has a new Comedy Central show, “Time Travel Bong”, debuting on April 20th (yes, really). Past performers with multiple projects and increased exposure (Schumer, McCarthy) have seen their awards odds increase.

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Comedy Central has dominated the Variety/Sketch and Variety/Talk categories, but the network has yet to break into the Comedy Series race. And while performers from the channel have landed acting nominations, they were all from sketch series instead of half-hour comedies.

Glazer is hysterical, but Jacobson has plenty of quality material to merit her own Best Comedy Actress nomination. It’s possible the two co-stars could split votes.

Broad City” lacks the often cited “snob factor” that appeals to many Emmy voters. The show’s audience skews younger and there are plenty of New Yorker in-jokes. I have to wonder if older TV academy members living in L.A. will be interested enough in poor twenty-something women in New York City.

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