When Broad City’s third season kicks off tonight, it will be with a new dose of fashion industry cool. Downtown favorite Wendy Nichol will be making a special cameo appearance in the premiere as a gallerist who bears witness to Abbi and Ilana’s signature high jinks. Nichol’s friendship with stars and creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (Glazer wore Nichol’s bewitching wares head to toe for last night’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert appearance, and you may recall their bespoke “Yas Queen” clutches) has resulted in a cross-medium exchange of the coolest sort. As Nichol tells Vogue.com, “Ilana’s come into the store and seen how I work, and it was so nice to be invited into the studio and see how she works. Talk about creativity.” We caught up with Nichol to talk about her acting debut and a day on the set of Broad City.
“Ilana called me the day before, and it was kind of one of those dream-come-true moments. I was like, ‘You’re asking me to be on the show? And she said, ‘Yeah, I want you to be on the show as Wendy Nichol. You’re going to be the curator, but I want you to come as Wendy Nichol, wearing all your shit.’ I got there, and I went through wardrobe and hair and makeup, and I said, ‘Can I stay this way?’ and they said, ‘Yeah.’
“There’s a lot of waiting around. It’s just amazing how many people are involved in working on one of these episodes. Maybe there were 100 people there. Ilana came out, and it was so nice because they’re so busy, the last thing they want to do is have to entertain somebody. She was really sweet, and she talked to me about what was going to go on. Once I passed through hair and makeup, they took a picture of me and took me through and told me what scene I was going to be in, what was going to happen. Then I went into a big room where they were shooting the scene, and it was set up like an art gallery. The art was hilarious, and I don’t know if that’s even captured in the actual episode. There was one [piece] where it was Yoda, He-Man, and this other character stacked on top of each other, and I think some of Abbi’s art was actually in it, because she’s an artist.
“They film it in very short segments, and each one they maybe did like 15 times while I was there. Abby and Ilana are legit fucking hilarious, and they would do it slightly different each time. They improvised a little. There was a big sculpture that was like a bronze scrotum, and it had all these wiry things in it, so Ilana’s clothing kept getting caught in it. I’ve never been on a show, so Ilana just told me, ‘Do what you think is right. Something awkward is going to happen, and so your facial expression should be reacting to that.’ It was really interesting to be a fish out of water in the world of acting and trying to make the most out of every moment on film. It’s a very different world than the fashion world, and I found it very inspiring.”
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