Meet the officers of the Reno sheriff department who do what they can do keep "The Biggest Little City in the World" safe. Unfortunately, for the citizens of Reno that doesn't turn out to be very much. Every fumble is caught on film by a camera crew for Reno's very own version of Cops. Our motley group includes Lt. Dangle, the pack-leader with his trademark short-shorts, 70s moustache and sexually ambiguous flirtations; Dep. Wiegel, the oblivious and neurotic gun-toting loose cannon with a handful of psychological disorders; Dep. Garcia, the racist, sexist and bitter drunk who can't shoot straight; Dep. Johnson, the buxom blond and ex Steely Dan groupie that rarely uses the word 'no"; and Dep. Kimball, the tough on the outside, soft on the inside non-lesbian, lesbian. Watch out all drug dealers, prostitutes and traffic violators, Reno's makeshift police force is on the case!
Played by Tom Lennon - Thomas Lennon, originally from Chicago, began his career as a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' experimental theater wing. It was here that he co-founded the sketch comedy troupe "The State." The group went on to critical success with their self-titled hit series on MTV, where he was one of its stars, producers and writers. "The State" was nominated for a 1995 CableACE award for Best Comedy Series and ran for three seasons. Lennon then created, produced and starred in COMEDY CENTRAL's "Viva Variety," which was an instant critical smash for the new network. The show garnered a CableACE nomination for Best Comedy Series in 1997 and, like "The State," enjoyed three successful seasons. Lennon has appeared in the films "Memento" (NewMarket), "Out Cold" (Disney/Spyglass), "A Guy Thing" (MGM) and, most recently, a lead role in Paramount's romantic comedy, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." Lennon was also cast as a brother to Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts in the new Merchant Ivory Film "Le Divorce". Lennon has also built a strong career as a screenwriter with partner, Robert Ben Garant. They have written the comedies "12 Days of Christmas" for Universal, "The Incredible Shrinking Man" starring Eddie Murphy for Imagine, "Taxi" with Queen Latifah for Fox and "Starsky and Hutch" starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson for Warner Bros. On the television front, Lennon has had guest roles on NBC's "Friends," "Jesse," and "MD's," as well as co-creating and starring in the pilot "Hey Neighbor!" for Fox. Thomas Lennon currently resides in Los Angeles and is the co-creator, executive producer and star of the hit Comedy Central show "RENO 911!."
Played by Ben Garant - Ben Garant was born in Cookeville, Tennessee. He spent the early nineties appearing in Off-off Broadway theaters (bars) in New York City with the comedy group "The State." "The State" had a three-year run on MTV, which led to a forty-four minute run on CBS. He then created, wrote, produced and occasionally appeared in three seasons of "Viva Variety" on COMEDY CENTRAL. The show's last season was relocated to Los Angeles, California. Since relocating, he and his creative partner Tom Lennon have written feature film scripts for Spyglass, Imagine, Fox, Warner Brothers, Columbia, and Universal Pictures. They've worked on several production re-writes and punch-ups, as well as produced a growing multitude of un-picked up pilots for the FOX television network. Garant lives in Glendale, CA.
Played by Kerri Kenney-Silver - Kerri Kenney-Silver was the only female member of the sketch comedy group, "The State," on MTV. Shortly after, she starred in "Viva Variety" on COMEDY CENTRAL with two of "The State" members. Since then, she starred in "The Ellen Show" on CBS, and has appeared in numerous guest star roles. Throughout it all, Kerri has been the voice of many cartoon characters in such productions as Disney's "Buzz Lightyear," "Kim Possible" and "The Weekenders," among others. Kerri was also the lead singer and bass player in the all-female rock group Cake Like, which had much success touring Europe and America and put out three albums. Kerri appeared in National Lampoon's film "Pledge This!" starring with Paris Hilton and had a recurring role on CBS's "Still Standing".
Played by Ian Roberts
Played by Niecy Nash - Niecy stars as Deputy Raineesha Williams in the Comedy Central hit series, "RENO 911!." She is also currently hosting Style Network's new home-makeover series, "Clean House," which premiered in September 2003 Born and raised in Los Angeles, Niecy Nash spent an influential period during her childhood with her grandmother and mother in St. Louis. Niecy attended Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she majored in theater and graduated with a BA, a husband, a baby and a mission. Soon after graduation, Niecy made a fateful decision to call a casting director she had auditioned for months earlier. When he answered the phone she said, "I don't know if you remember me. I'm Niecy Nash, I'm broke, I've got a baby, and I need a job." He told her to come down to his office and audition for his new movie and Niecy landed her first paid gig in a scene opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Boys On The Side." Niecy's film credits include "Guess Who", starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher and the comedy-packed "Hairshow," starring comedian Monique'. Niecy also co-starred in Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune" opposite Glenn Close, Julianne Moore and Liv Tyler, "The Bachelor" with Chris O'Donell, the independent feature "Em & Me," and in "Malibu's Most Wanted" starring Jamie Kennedy. Her television credits are another testament to her talent, with most recent a recurring role on the, "The Bernie Mac Show," where Niecy portrays Bernie's sister, Auntie Benita. Other recurring roles include CBS's "Presidio Med," "That's Life," "Popular," and "City of Angels." In addition, she has had guest-starring roles on "Monk," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Girlfriends," "NYPD Blue," "That's so Raven," "One on One," "Judging Amy" and "Reba." Niecy made her animated series debut in the COMEDY CENTRAL series "Kid Notorious," which is based on infamous life of producer Robert Evans. Niecy's style, humor and quick wit have garnered her opportunities for hosting pre-shows and viewing parties for both The Emmy's and The Oscars. She has also made notable appearances on "The Sharon Osbourne Show," "Celebrity Justice" and VH1's "Big In 04 Awards." Recently Niecy started the production company, "Next In Line", which will focus on producing television and feature film projects. She is also the front person for M.A.V.I.S. (Mothers Against Violence in Schools), which was founded by her mother in 1993, following the tragic death of her younger brother, Michael Ensley, who was shot and killed on his high school campus. M.A.V.I.S. aims to inform the public of the violence children encounter on school campuses. Niecy works tirelessly as the front person for this organization, performing in and organizing fund raising events.
Played by Cedric Yarbrough - Cedric Yarbrough is a native of Minneapolis, MN where he graduated from Minnesota State University. He received his improv/sketch comedy background from "Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop." His past credits include, "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (FOX), "Cedric the Entertainer Presents:" (FOX) and "The Parkers" (FOX). You may have seen Mr. Yarbrough in guest star appearances in "Arrested Development" (FOX), "The Bernie Mac Show" (FOX), and the blockbuster hit, "Meet the Fockers!" (Universal). Additional guest star appearances have included the comedy series starring Jenny McCarthy entitled, "Bad Girls Guide" (UPN) and the major motion picture starring Steve Carell, entitled "The 40 Year Old Virgin" (Universal). Yarbrough has also lent his voice talents to the animated series, "Boondocks" (Sony/Cartoon Network), with Regina King and John Witherspoon. Currently, Cedric Yarbrough resides in Los Angeles, California.
Played by Joe Lo Truglio
Played by Wendi McLendon-Covey - In between hot bubble baths, Wendi McLendon-Covey has been known to do a little bit of acting. In addition to her role as Deputy Clementine Johnson on "RENO 911!," she is also a Main Company member of the famed Groundling Theater in Los Angeles. You can find her on E! Television and VH1 providing smarmy commentary about pop culture, and she appeared in the film "Bewitched," starring Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman. Wendi was the co-writer of the critically acclaimed sketch shows "We're Blond And Pretty...What Happened To You?" and "Girls Who Say Yes," and is currently in the process of pitching several television shows and a feature film. She lives in Long Beach with Greg Covey (the world's only perfect man) and two cats.
Played by Carlos Alazraqui - If you own a television set you probably know that Carlos Alazraqui is more than just the voice of a very famous Chihuahua dog. You might have seen him recently on Even Stevens, Lizzy McGuire, The Brothers Garcia or even on Hollywood Squares, Men Behaving Badly, That Seventies Show, and Random Acts of Comedy. In the movie world, Carlos has starred in Ghost.Com and My Favorite Mayan on Nickelodeon. You might have heard his voices in the two animated features, as the lost ant in A Bugs Life and as the frightened eyewitness in Osmosis Jones. Carlos played Mr. Crocker, the schoolteacher on the new Nickelodeon hit Fairly Odd Parents and also the lead character, Ricochet in a WB animated series "Mucha Lucha" - The latter of which has landed him an invitation to present at the Imagin Awards. And if that is not enough, if you are playing with those Monster's Inc. toys -the voice of Mike Wazowski is...Carlos Alazraqui! Carlos' one-man show, I Want to be Liked and Make Money prompted Paula Warfield from Backstage West-Drama log to say; "Carlos is anyone or anything he wants to be...he belongs to that rare category of cameleonesque actors ...an extraordinary talent!" In his free time, Carlos is an avid tennis player and has sky dived over 525 jumps. Carlos lives in Los Angeles with his children - Jackie O, a Female Labrador Retriever and Max Bear, a Male Shepard-Akita mix.
Played by Mary Birdsong - Mary Birdsong is best known as Deputy Cherisha Kimball on "Reno 911," but she has also graced Comedy Central's screen with her work on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Lewis Black's "The Root Of All Evil," and "Crossballs." Other TV credits include "Ed," "Welcome to NY," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and many never-seen but nevertheless delightful TV pilots opposite James Caan, Jill Clayburgh, Cheri Oteri, Scott Wolfe and other names she will drop shamelessly when gripped by crippling low self-esteem. Mary created a slew of original characters in the NBC sketch comedy cult hit (meaning: "also never aired") "Live On Tape," and wrote a series of one-acts for her alter-ego: 1940s B-movie star Janet Lami, who appeared on something the kids are calling "television" on NBC's "Late Friday." In film, she recently appeared opposite Patrick Dempsey in "Made of Honor," and she had a part in "Adventureland." Other film roles include Deputy Kimball in "Reno 911: Miami," & Rhonda in "Beer League." Mary sings in the rock bands 99 Cent Whore and Cottonhead. On Broadway, Mary won a Theatre World Award in 2007 for her debut in the musical "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me!," and also appeared as Velma Von Tussle in "Hairspray." In 2008, Mary starred in the cult-favorite "Broadway Bares" at Roseland in NYC. Off-Broadway, she created the role of Vixen Fox in Elaine May's "Adult Entertainment." Mary starred as Judy Garland in "Judy Speaks" (which she also wrote) at the Ars Nova Theatre, and as Portia in "Julius Caesar" (which Shakespeare wrote) at Moonworks, both directed by Gregory Wolfe. For more fun-filled facts, check out myspace.com/marybirdsong.