Filming of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Rec, and The Mindy Project

Last week, after touring the NBC Universal Studios lot, I was given the opportunity to be on set with the cast and crews of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Rec, and The Mindy Project.   

Rehearsal and Filming for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This was, by far, my favorite part of the day as I’m such a huge fan of Andy Samberg. I arrived on set as the cast and crew were still rehearsing for the day so I got to stand on set (specifically the precinct, if you watch the show) and watch the cast members rehearse. At one point, I thought I was in the way of Andy Samberg so I tried to move and he told me, “No no, you’re not in the way. Stay right there.” Umm Andy Samberg spoke to me. Swoon.

I can’t post any photos from the studio so here’s a googled photo of the cast that highlights who I met while on set:

brooklyn nine-nine


  • Andy Samberg is amazing to watch. Every take he ad libs something different. At one point, he asked if he could try something new in the next take. He did it… it was awesome… and the writers had him repeat it a few times as an “alt ending.” I’m SO excited to watch the episode to see which takes make it into the final cut.
  • Andy Samberg telling me he wants to marry me. Okay, he probably just said “It’s nice to meet you, Angela” but it was loud in there so I’m not sure.

brooklyn nine-nine

Filming of Parks and Recreation

I got to the set of Parks and Rec as they were already filming a scene.  I sat in a room in one of those spiffy “director” chairs with headphones so I could listen in on the dialogue.  I was able to talk to was Aziz Ansari as he was the only cast member on set who wasn’t in the scene at the moment.


  • A crew member welcomed me to Pawnee.
  • And then so did Aziz Ansari.

aziz parks and rec

Filming of The Mindy Project

I got to the set of The Mindy Project as they were already filming as well. Luckily for me, there were a few breaks and I got to sit and talk with some of the cast and crew.

Again, can’t post any photos from the set so here is who I met and spoke to from the cast:

mindy project


  • Talking to Ike Barinholtz (who plays Morgan) about how awesome the UWS side is, specifically in comparison to SoHo (woohoo UWS!).
  • Mindy Kaling apologizing to me for how absolutely ridiculous the scene they were filming must seem. Ridiculous, yes, but also quite entertaining.

mindy project

The whole day felt like I was living in a dream television show (ha!). I am so very thankful for everyone who took me around the studios and answered all of my dumb “I’m not in show business” questions.

NEXT UP – Birthdaycation Part II: Anaheim!


Do you watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Rec, or The Mindy Project? Who’s your favorite character(s)?

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Birthdaycation Part I: LA & NBC Universal Studios

After my birthday picnic in Central Park, I got in a cab to the airport and was quickly on my way to the west coast! Upon landing at LAX, I was greeted by a lovely gentleman holding my name on a sign, ready to drive me to Simi Valley where I was staying with a family friend for a few days.

As you may know, my first day in LA consisted of exploring and Pacific Ocean’ing. 

But my second day? Ohhh my second day…

The family friend I was staying with is a pretty huge deal over at NBC Universal Studios and he graciously offered to take me to work with him one day.  My day at NBC essentially looked like this:

nbc universal studios agenda

NBC Universal Studios Highlights:

Tour of the lot 

  • Walked through all sets on site (including some shows that are set to debut in the fall). Sets included:
    • Parenthood
    • The Mindy Project
    • The Voice
    • CSI
    • Bad Judge (premiering this fall)
    • State of Affairs (premiering this fall)
  • Toured the back lot, which has all sorts of sets for movies/shows placed in NYC, suburbia, a western, etc. Of special interest to me were the sets for:
    • About a Boy
    • Desperate Housewives

What struck me most when touring the studios is the amount of work that goes into constructing these sets and the level of detail in each one. There are lots that are specifically for sets that are only built for a short time (one or two episodes) which is incredible because the sets take significantly longer to construct than they’re actually used.

I went through some of the desks on the set of State of Affairs and couldn’t help but laugh when the post-its on the desks had notes on them and the papers in the file folders were actually filled out.

How do I sign up for that job? I could write funny post-its and fill out fake paperwork. Let’s make this happen.

lets do this

TO BE CONTINUED… NEXT UP - On set filming with the cast and crews of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, and The Mindy Project!


Have you ever had a chance to visit a movie or television set? What was most fascinating to you?

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24 hours, two coasts, two bucket list items.

First up, workouts from a week in California:


Crossing off some bucket list items on both coasts:

Last Saturday (the 7th anniversary of my 21st birthday!) started off on the east coast and ended on the west coast. HELLOOO 27 HOUR BIRTHDAY!

BUCKET LIST ITEM: Picnic in Central Park

  • WHEN: Saturday, August 9
  • WHERE: Central Park, NYC (obviously)

My morning began with a birthday picnic in Central Park, a summer bucket list item of mine. I live 2 blocks from Central Park so you’d think that this would be something that would be pretty regular or something that wouldn’t need to be on any “bucket list” of mine… and you’d be wrong.  Oftentimes I just run through (around?) Central Park and never actual go to just enjoy the park and relax… and eat, obviously.

Jason surprised me with a picnic basket full of goodies and we got to do some picnicking before my late afternoon flight.

ang doesnt share food

I promise I shared half some with him.  Twenty-eight kicked off to an amazing start with a night of libations with friends and a lovely lil birthday picnic in my “backyard.” Thank you EVERYONE for your birthday messages last week!

BUCKET LIST ITEM: Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean.

  • WHEN: Sunday, August 10
  • WHERE: Santa Monica, California

It’s taken me 28 years to get myself to the west coast but I finally made it! Sunday morning, I woke up in sunny California and got ready for a day of exploring LA.

I was staying with family friends so I was graciously chauffeured around LA and then to Santa Monica where I could finally put my feet in the ocean.

toes in the water!

I’d like to come back when I have more time to really just relax on the beach.  Perhaps next year I should combine bucket list items “read on the beach” and “put my feet in the Pacific Ocean” to make it “read a book on a Pacific Ocean beach.”

And now? Well, now it’s time to fly back to NYC, my friends.

Thanks to everyone who followed along on my birthdaycation in California! Lots of LA and Anaheim posts to come!


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Heading to California!

Seeing as though I just finished my 14-mile long run for the week, I am officially declaring it birthday weekend and I am super pumped because #birthdaycation starts tomorrow!

Yep. We're celebrating the 7th anniversary of my 21st birthday this year.

Yep. We’re celebrating the 7th anniversary of my 21st birthday this year.

Tomorrow I head out to LA for some vacationing, some Disney’ing, and some IdeaFit Blogfest‘ing.  In addition to keeping up with my marathon training, I plan to be quite busy over on the west coast…

California Part I: Los Angeles

In LA, I plan to be very busy:

California Part II: Anaheim

In Anaheim, I plan to be very busy:

  • Wearing Maleficent Mickey ears at Disneyland!
  • Hanging out (IRL!) with the bloggers I’m obsessed with online.
  • Learning a lot.
  • Working out with some amazing fitness gurus… and coming back to NYC very, very sore.

For updates from LA, Disney, and Blogfest, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter! Talk to ya soon from the left coast!


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