Moderated by Prof. Samantha Sheppard, performing and media arts, the talk covered many aspects of Beatriz’s career, from playing “stereotypical” Latina characters that made her uncomfortable to performing as the “complex” Rosa Diaz on NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Maybe the oddest thing about the television show Reno 911! was how little work needed to be put in for a mid-2000s cable TV stint to become something unique and inventive. The show was founded mostly on a collection of whims by alumni of the infamous mid ’90s sketch comedy troupe The State, specifically Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver, whose endeavor Viva Variety had ended shortly beforehand on Comedy Central. Simply put, it’s a fake cop documentary about the Reno Nevada Sheriff’s Department, only the police aren’t depicted as heroes. Instead, they’re portrayed as magnificent buffoons.