'Veep' stars respond to Australian injured while laughing

Veep Stars On Aussie MP Who Knocked Himself out Laughing at ShowMore

Like a scene from the show itself, that's what Variety says happened to Australian MP Graham Perrett while he was watching the hit comedy Veep.

Graham Perrett says he was eating sushi while watching the United States political satire when "some of the rice went down the wrong way", causing him to fall and knock himself out. He ended up with a black eye and had to have three stitches in his cheek.

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The parliamentarian from Queensland told BuzzFeed News the incident went down last Sunday night while he was watching the Season Six premiere of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning political comedy. "I was laughing so hard when Jonah then gets interviewed by Dan..."

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Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus had trouble believing it when it was brought to her attention by BuzzFeed journalist Mark Di Stefano. "Some rice went down my airway and I started coughing and choking and laughing at the same time", Perrett told BBC Radio 5 Live this week.

"It did make me laugh a lot when I saw that the Australian PM's people had been on the same mental journey and come up with the same meaningless phrase". I was knocked out for a second or so and there was blood everywhere.

News of the 51-year-old opposition Labor Party lawmaker reported in The Australian newspaper on Thursday drew Twitter responses from "Veep" stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Timothy Simons. "But the real question is - what episode?" the actress tweeted.

Veep, created by British satirist Armando Iannucci, is a USA political satire which evolved from Iannucci's British sitcomThe Thick Of It. Veep is in its sixth season, but Iannucci has said he's unlikely to make any more as real U.S. politics now defy satire. "We would like to apologize to Australia, our key ally in the Asia-Pacific region, for writing something that would cause bodily harm to your people".

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