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'Nine-Nine' cast has fun, Samberg has advice in Q&A.

Byline: Alicia Rancilio

A funny thing happened during a Q&A for Fox's police precinct-set comedy, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine.''

The show's producers and cast, including Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, gathered on the set Wednesday to take questions as part of the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour.

While talking about the interaction between characters played by Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz, executive producer Mike Schur got distracted by a stenographer seated in the front row. She was transcribing the session to later provide to journalists.

"There's some old-timey stenography happening up here,'' he observed.

As the actors marveled at the stenographer, she proceeded to type their every word.

"She won't talk to us,'' commented actress Chelsea Peretti, "she's typing these words.''

Schur then had an idea.

"Watch this,'' he said, "I am a stenographer. I am a stenographer. Your boss is going to think you're crazy.''

The typist smiled but continued typing.

"I resign. I resign. I resign,'' added Peretti.

The room erupted in laughter, and when it settled down, questions resumed.

Later as Schur spoke about guest stars on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine,'' he ended his sentence with "I am a stenographer.''

The stenographer kept typing.

"That's a pro,'' remarked Samberg.

All the stenographer comments were included in the panel's transcript.

The cast had its fun at the Q&A, but Samberg had some serious advice for recently ousted "Saturday Night Live'' cast members: There is life after the comedy show.

Samberg was a featured cast member on "SNL'' from 2005 to 2012.

"SNL'' cast member Brooks Wheelan tweeted earlier this week that he had been fired from the NBC sketch comedy series.

A source familiar with casting but not authorized to speak on the record told The Associated Press that he would not be returning in the fall.

Samberg said, "If you were hired ... there's something good going on with you.''

The 35-year-old returned to guest host earlier this year after winning the Golden Globe Award for best actor in a television series musical or comedy for "Nine-Nine.''

He said the only difference about hosting was that he didn't worry about being cut from the episode.

He joked, "When I order a coffee, it comes sooner because I don't have to wait for 30 other people's coffees. Other than that it's almost exactly the same.''

Samberg is happy to be back in California to film "Nine-Nine'' because he was raised in Berkeley. He also says it's better for his marriage (he wed musician Joanna Newsom last September).

"The schedule (now) is much better. ... 'SNL' is notoriously bad for a relationship,'' he said.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine'' returns for its second season in September.

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Title Annotation:Living
Author:Rancilio, Alicia
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Jul 18, 2014
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