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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Cast and Producers Taunt Stenographer During TCA Panel (And It's Hilarious)

Photo of Liz Shannon Miller By Liz Shannon Miller | Indiewire July 17, 2014 at 10:4AM

Each session that occurs under the TCA banner is transcribed in full by a noble human being doing the Lord's work. Yesterday, a "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" session held on the set of the Fox sitcom did not break with that tradition.
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Eddy Chen/FOX Andy Samberg as Det. Jake Peralta in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

The TCA press tour is full of quirks that don't get broadcast to a general audience, because, frankly, a general audience wouldn't care. (Or should not find out about -- seriously, you don't want to know how much food gets served over these two weeks.) 

Here is, technically, one of the less intriguing elements of this event: Each session that occurs under the TCA banner is transcribed in full by a noble human being doing good works. Yesterday, a "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" session held on the set of the Fox sitcom did not break with that tradition; however, the stenographer was seated in the eyeline of the (hilarious) cast and producers, who were delighted by her presence and called attention to it after addressing a question about the relationship between Joe Le Truglio and Melissa Fumero. The best way to showcase their reaction? Use the actual transcript she transcribed, as seen below: 

MIKE SCHUR: There's some old-timey stenography happening up here. 

DAN GOOR: Everything is all going to be entered into a court of law. 

(Laughter.) 

CHELSEA PERETTI: Will there be a Q and A with you afterwards? (Laughter.) I don't know how that works. 

MELISSA FUMERO: That's what I'm waiting for. 

MIKE SCHUR: How is that recording anything? There's, like, eight total keys. 

CHELSEA PERETTI: Yeah. 

PANELIST: That's the whole point of stenography. 

CHELSEA PERETTI: She won't talk to us. 

(Laughter.) 

ANDY SAMBERG: She's the best. Don't question it. 

QUESTION: Technically, she's doing fine. 

MIKE SCHUR: I believe you. She looks extremely competent. I just don't understand it. 

CHELSEA PERETTI: She's writing these words.

ANDY SAMBERG: I know. 

MIKE SCHUR: Watch this: I am a stenographer. (Laughter.) I am a stenographer. I am a stenographer. (Laughter.) She's still writing it. 

DAN GOOR: That's great. 

MIKE SCHUR: She has no choice. (Laughter.) Your boss is going to think you went crazy. (Laughter.) 

CHELSEA PERETTI: I resign. I resign. I resign. 

(Laughter.) 

DAN GOOR: My boss is a pig. 

(Laughter.) 

MELISSA FUMERO: She can't write that one. She can't write that one.

She clearly did, however (because that's all from the transcript she wrote). So let us raise a glass to that noble stenographer, who did not hesitate to transcribe the people mocking her.  

The TCAs continue until next week. Keep the stenographers in your prayers. 

This article is related to: TCAs Summer 2014, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Andy Samberg, Andy Samberg, Michael Schur