Great moments in sitcom parent casting, from Friends to Broad City
Tonight’s Broad City introduces Ilana’s parents—and meeting them immediately makes clear how Ilana became who she is. Her mother, played by Susie Essman, is essentially a grown up replica of her daughter, crazy hair and all. The only difference is that Ilana’s mother is obsessed with finding bags in Chinatown rather than weed. Her dad, played by Bob Balaban, is far more subdued, but with a hint of wildness; through him, you can see why Ilana and Lincoln get along so well.