'Broad City' star Abbi Jacobson talks seeing a Baltimore mugging on podcast

'Broad City' star Abbi Jacobson talks seeing a Baltimore mugging on podcast
Abbi Jacobson speaks onstage during The New Yorker Festival 2015 on Oct. 2, 2015 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for The New Yorker)

As a Maryland Institute College of Art student years ago, "Broad City" co-creator and actress Abbi Jacobson lived in Bolton Hill. In a 2014 interview, the Pennsylvania suburbs-native called Bolton Hill "the most beautiful neighborhood ever."

But in a "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast released last week, Jacobson recalled an ugly incident in which she saw a robbery occur outside her apartment.


After Maron, the host, asked Jacobson about her performance art at MICA, the actress — who graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in general fine arts — described fictional characters she created, acted as, filmed and presented at local art exhibitions. The conversation led to this exchange:

Maron: What were the characters?

I thought they were really funny, and a lot of them were improvised. I edited them. One was like, really emotional. I saw someone getting mugged. Baltimore was extremely dangerous.

Rough? Yeah, I watched "The Wire."

I'm not even kidding – I lived in a neighborhood, a really nice neighborhood, but it was next to like, the worst neighborhood. There's no one out in Baltimore, so I would sprint home from class. I saw someone getting mugged outside my apartment. Heard it. Looked outside the window, and this woman was getting like, dragged by her messenger bag, and I was the one calling the cops. I look and there's all of these other people looking out their windows. It was so [expletive] up. So one of the characters was – I shot a character immediately after and it was very intense. I would have to watch it again. 

Were you the one calling the cops?

I called the cops.

The conversation did not linger on the mugging Jacobson saw, and soon moved on to Jacobson's transition from pursuing drama to comedy, and how she relocated to New York.

In 2014, Jacobson, a former waitress at Donna's, described MICA's influence on her comedy.

"I got used to really producing work and finishing it," she said. "I think that really came into play when we started to make ['Broad City']."

Listen to the full episode, which also features "Broad City's" other creator and lead, Ilana Glazer, here.