Veep Makes Me Weep
Sky Atlantic’s Veep is fast becoming my favourite comedy of the year. Packed with laughs, the show takes us into the often cringeworthy world of politics within politics.
Veep is set in the office of the US Vice President. Written by Armando Iannucci, the series bears strong resemblance to his hit BBC series The Thick of It. Crucially, it boasts the same kind of edgy satire and expletive-ridden comedy banter as its British predecessor. In a short half-hour episode, the quality of the comedy remains high. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is finally playing a worthwhile lead role (I never did get into that Old Christine and her New Adventures). She is perfectly cast as Vice President Selina Meyer – a slightly bumbling politician with more than a touch of the Sarah Palin about her.
After just two episodes, I am hooked on Selina’s world of political egos, geeky minions and engineered worthiness. I never thought a political satire would become my favourite television show, but Iannucci’s comedy genius is hard to resist.
Veep continues on Sky Atlantic on Mondays at 10pm.