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Your résumé is already pretty strong. Do you consider yourself an SNL legend, revolutionary, or luminary?
No. Never. Never say that. What am I, an asshole? [Laughs.] I only can look at it through my own perspective, which was, “Holy shit! I worked at SNL and it didn’t go terribly.” When you work there, you’re in the shadow of literally everyone. It’s also impossible to be cocky or even confident about being a cast member there because you know that the show’s fan base is so wide and that, even if you’re someone’s favorite on the show, someone else watching hates you. It’s like a sports franchise: Everyone’s got their pick and everyone thinks they know who the weak link is and what should be done differently, and that’s what makes the show fun. (x)
While Fumero can’t say where her character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine is headed, she has hopes the show will be an influencer on television. “We want to see Latinos do more than be the maid, gangster or drug dealer. I know Latin people; they’re not like that. Hopefully people start writing and producing shows that reflect that. The views of Latinos (are) much more diverse. There’s a lot of us.
"It sends a message," she says, "without actually sending a message."
Someone on the internet made this and I think it’s cool. Still so sad today. People like Joan Rivers and Sarah Silverman made me think I belonged in comedy instead of feeling like a kid sister tagging along in someone else’s career field. Loved seeing Joan perform when I was starting out in NY it made me feel euphoric and inspired and full of awe. She was electric - better than everyone and took more risks. The doc about her “A Piece of Work” almost instantly brought me to tears and I realized how thirsty I was to see the narrative of a female comedy legend and feel we are a part of this story and the evolution of a craft. She was the epitome of fearless. Fearless doesn’t mean you don’t feel afraid it means you do it anyway and walk through the fear. If you’re a young comedian also read Phyllis Diller “Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse” if you want to feel inspired and like you belong. Sending love to every comedian as we keep losing our heroes. Back to being sad. Bye❤️Rest in laughs Joan💖