Ovation: Wendi McLendon-Covey.
I was one of the few loyal fans of Comedy Central’s Reno 911! when it aired from 2003 – 2009. It was a mockumentary-style parody of law enforcement documentary shows, specifically COPS, with comedians playing the police officers. Most of the material in the program was improvised with minimal scripted material and that is what I found fascinating. The ability to quickly react and still be funny is a unique talent and this show was able to combine a tremendous cast of actors who were able to do just that. One of my favorite actresses on the program was Wendi McLendon Covey who portrayed Deputy Clementine Johnson. She made everything that her character had to say laugh-out-loud funny … not always because of the words that she spoke but because of the attitude that she displayed when she said them.
After her time on Reno 911! came to an end, McLendon-Cover appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Bridesmaids before returning to television in supporting roles on Rules of Engagement and Modern Family. She is currently starring as Beverly Goldberg in ABC’s The Goldbergs.
The Goldbergs is set in the 1980s and follows the Goldberg family. The single-camera series also stars Jeff Garlin as husband Murray. Based on creator Adam F. Goldberg’s real-life family, Adam, the youngest of the three Goldberg children, documents their lives with his video camera.
“As a performer, you can’t just sit around waiting for the phone to ring. You have to write and develop projects for yourself, because casting people aren’t always going to see you the way you want to be seen. Write a one-person show, shoot a short film, do plays, whatever – activity breeds activity. No one’s interested in a stay-at-home actress.” – Wendi McLendon-Covey
After what was considered to be a weak start, critics appear to be warming up to The Goldbergs and, while ABC has not picked up the sitcom for another season, the network has ordered three more scripts. Hopefully, fans of McLendon-Covey will get to enjoy her sassy brand of comedy for a long time to come.
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