PLEDGE NOW
The Petty, Punny DC Politics Of Armando Iannucci's 'Veep'

The HBO series “Veep” is back for a third season. We talk to Armando Iannucci, the show’s creator about politicians real and satirical.

*With Guest Host Jessica Yellin.

Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) receives bad news from her personal aide Gary (Tony Walsh). (HBO)

Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) receives bad news from her personal aide Gary (Tony Walsh) on the HBO comedy series, “Veep.”. (HBO)

Imagine a world where ambitious politicians are clueless, careless and focused only on getting ahead.  That’s the world of “Veep,” the HBO comedy that has Washingtonians cheering and nodding in recognition. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for her role as the frustrated Vice President surrounded by a team of hyper-ambitious, not-terribly-competent overworked aides. “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci is with us to tell us how he sees the people we vote into office.  This hour, On Point:  Powerless politicians, stymied staffers and the indignities of public service in HBO’s “Veep.”

Guests

Armando Iannucci, filmmaker and showrunner. Writer and director of the HBO series “Veep.” Also creator of “The Thick of It,” “The Trumpet,” “I’m Alan Partidge” and the 2009 comedy film “In the Loop.” (@Aiannucci)

Ron Klain, President of Case Holdings. Former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore. Campaign staffer for President Bill Clinton. (@RonaldKlain)

From The Reading List

Rolling Stone: ”Veep’s’ Armando Iannucci: Hail to the Chief – “You can credit the show’s cast of comedy commandos, ranging from Dreyfus and ‘Arrested Development’s’ Tony Hale to ‘Office Space’s’ mug-toting boss Gary Cole, for the unusually high hilarity rate. But a large part of the show’s success can be attributed to the voice that Iannucci and his writing team have given this exploration on how our nation’s capital puts the D.C. in dysfunctional: sharp, screwball-paced, hyperintelligent and mind-bogglingly profane.”

New Yorker: Expletives Not Deleted — “Iannucci studied English at Oxford, then stayed on as a graduate student. For three years, he worked on a Ph.D. thesis about Milton, until he saw that it had become ‘a treatise on all of language and all of theology,’ and gave it up. He joined the staff of the BBC, where, in 1991, he devised and co-wrote ‘On the Hour,’ an absurdist radio news program in which ‘absolute stupid bollocks was talked about very straight—no raised eyebrows.’ The cast included Steve Coogan in the role of Alan Partridge, a sports reporter defined by a wounded, hectoring naïveté.”

The New Republic: America’s Least-Favorite City Has Become Television’s Favorite Subject – “The best portrayal of Washington currently on the air—and one of the best ever—comes from ‘Veep,’ the much-praised HBO comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a sidelined vice president of the United States. Comedy tends to focus on absurdity, minutiae, and indignities—and, since absurdity, minutiae, and indignities make up 90 percent of life, the resulting picture is often the clearest of all.”

Watch A Trailer For The New Season Of “Veep”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jul 6, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks during services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston.  (AP)

How should we talk about faith and God in these uncertain times? We put that tough question—and more—to a roundtable of religious thinkers.

Jul 6, 2015
A still from the upcoming documentary film, "Tough Love." (Courtesy PBS / The Filmmakers)

An intimate look at the foster care system from the perspective of two families struggling to reunite with their children.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jul 3, 2015
Harmonica master Howard Levy, in a photo dated February 2012. (Courtesy the Artist)

Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tears it up with us. From Bach to the blues.

 
Jul 3, 2015
Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Greece's European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Athens made for a new two-year rescue deal, submitted just hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros in funds. (AP)

Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: July 3, 2015
Friday, Jul 3, 2015

We made a lot of last-minute programming changes these past few weeks, and you stuck around with us through it all. Thanks!

More »
1 Comment
 
Election 2016: Who Exactly Is Running For President?
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015

Who is running for President, anyway? We attempt to help you figure it out.

More »
9 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: June 19, 2015
Friday, Jun 19, 2015

Why our broadcast changed in different markets this week, and a closer look at a puppet theatre vandalism in rural Norway. (Really).

More »
Comment