In 2010, Comedy Central put Workaholics into development after executive Walter Newman saw a series of comedy videos posted on YouTube by Mail Order Comedy, a sketch group starring Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson, and Anders Holm. Drawing on the same fast and loose humor of their sketches, DeVine, Anderson, and Holm worked with Comedy Central to mold their comedy into the more structured and narrative form of Workaholics, now in its seventh and final season.
Three years later, Comedy Central brought the hilarious and strange Funny or Die web series Drunk History to television. Shortly after, Broad City premiered on Comedy Central. The scripted comedy about two best friends vaping and zig-zagging their way through life in New York City became a quick critical smash. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. Co-creators and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer independently produced Broad City as a short-form web series from 2009 to 2011, working their connections in the improv world of Upright Citizens Brigade to land top-notch talent despite working on a shoestring budget.