Exclusive - Armando Iannucci Extended Interview Pt. 1

  • Aired:  06/11/13
  •  | Views: 55,061

In this exclusive, unedited interview, "Veep" creator Armando Iannucci discusses comedy, British spies and the White House's obsession with Hollywood. (5:54)

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE CREATOR

AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF HBO'S

PROGRAM.

>> WE HOPE WHEN YOU COME TO OUR

COUNTRY, YOU WILL GO FISHING

BECAUSE NO ONE WILL FEED ME.

BECAUSE YOU LOVE FISHING.

>> I DON'T.

BUT THIS IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL

GIFT.

I ALSO HAVE A GIFT FOR YOU OF

FAMOUS FURS.

>> OH, MY GOODNESS.

OH, MY.

THANK YOU.

WHAT A LOVELY CLOCK WITH AN

UNUSUAL BIRD.

>> ANGRY BIRDS.

D WHY IS IT SO ANGRY?

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE GREAT

ARMANDO IMNNUCHI.

>> THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR PUTTING ALL THE

PRESSURE ON ME THIS NEXT SEGMENT

AND TOTALLY OFF YOU.

>> YOU'RE ONE OF THE REASONS

THAT I'M DOING THIS AS A CAREER

ANYWAY.

ARMANDO IS IS ONE OF THE MOST

SIGNIFICANT FIGURES.

THIS SHOULD MAKE YOU AS

UNCOMFORTABLE TO HEAR AS IT IS

TO SAY.

AS BRITISH PEOPLE, NEITHER OF US

CAN HANDLE THIS KIND OF

COMPLIMENTS.

>> NO.

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

>> ARMANDO IS ONE OF THE

GREATEST COMIC WRITERS IN

ENGLAND.

HE WAS... DON'T LAUGH.

I'M BEING GENUINE.

THIS IS NOT HOW THE 13-YEAR-OLD

THINKS THIS CONVERSATION WOULD

GO.

>> I LOVE MY SARCASM.

ONCE DID A TALK ON COMEDY

TO MI5, THE INTELLIGENCE

GATHERING...

>> HOLD ON.

HOW THE [BLEEP] DID THAT COME

ABOUT?

>> BECAUSE MI5 BECAUSE OF WHAT

THEY DO, THEY SOCIALIZE TOGETHER

IN GROUPS.

SO THEY GO ON MUSEUM TRIPS

TOGETHER.

THEY GO ON STAGE TOGETHER.

>> WHAT?

BUT JAMES BOND AND 00 AND 005

GO AND SEE TOMMY OR...

>> WHY NOT?

MUSICAL FANS.

>> BIG MUSICAL FANS.

HIS A FINAL DAY SO YOU WANT TO

RELAX WITH A CATCHY TUNE.

ONCE A MONTH THEY HAVE SPEAKER

EVENINGS WHERE THEY INVITE

PEOPLE IN TO THE MI5 BUILDING

AND ASK THEM TO TALK ABOUT THEIR

PARTICULAR INTERESTS.

I GROT A CALL SAYING, COULD YOU

TALK ABOUT COMEDY.

FASCINATED BY WHAT YOU DO ON THE

TELLY.

CAN YOU TALK TO THEM.

>> THIS IS ALL TRUE BY THE WAY.

I DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF THIS.

I DON'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU'RE

SAYING.

THAT'S LIKE THE C.I.A. GETTING

DENIS LEARY AND SAYING EXPLAIN

THE CONCEPT OF LAUGHTER TO US.

>> THEY DID CALL THEMSELVES MI5

TO START WITH.

THEY DIDN'T CALL THEMSELVES

ANOTHER NAME.

ABOUT A YEAR BACKGROUND CHECKING

IT WAS FINE.

AND WE KNEW THEY WERE MI5.

AND I STOOD UP IN AN

INTELLIGENCE CHAMBER.

I'M HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT

COMEDY.

I'M AFRAID I'M GOING TO HAVE TO

KILL YOU.

AT THE END OF IT THEY READ

NOTICES LIKE LAST YEAR THEY

RAISED 100 POUNDS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING.

WE ARE NOW GOING TO HAVE TO KILL

YOU.

>> IT'S LESS FUNNY COMING FROM

THEM.

>> AFTERWARDS THERE WAS A CHEESE

AND WINE DRINK UPSTAIRS AT MI5.

>> YOU MAKE THIS LOOK LIKE THE

PARODIES WE ARE.

>> THIS FINGER HAS A BULLET IN

IT THAT CAN... SOMEONE CAME

UPSTAIRS AND SAID SHE ACTUALLY

WENT, WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN

YOU FOUND OUT WHO WE REALLY ARE?

CON CONGRATULATIONS.

>> YOU'RE COMING BACK FOR SERIES

3.

>> YES, WE START WRITING IT

TODAY.

>> HOW ARE PEOPLE RESPONDING TO

THE CHARACTER OF AN OAFISH VICE

PRESIDENT WHO CAN'T GET ANYTHING

RIGHT?

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN

BELIEVE.

>> THE CURRENT PICTURE IS ALL

ABOUT SPIES AND WHO KNEW WHAT

AND WHO KNEW WHAT AND HOW FAR

DID IT GO AND DID THE PRESIDENT

KNOW?

IT'S ALL BASED ON FICTION.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

IT'S JUST A BIT OF HARMLESS FUN.

>> STRANGE.

WE'VE HAD A LOT OF... I MEAN IT

IS VERY EFFECTIVE.

THERE ARE CERTAIN CHARACTERRERS

IN IT.

SHE WENT TO LUNCH WITH JOE BIDEN

AND HE SAID I'M THE DAN.

WE HAVE VERY AFFECTED BY

HOLLYWOOD.

I WAS SHOWN AROUND THE WEST WING

BY OBAMA'S AIDES.

HE SHOWED US INTO THE ROOSEVELT

ROOM.

HE SAID THIS WOULD BE WHAT C.J.

AND JOSH WOULD MEET...

>> NO, NO, THAT'S NOT GOOD.

YOU'RE WITH HIM ALL THE TIME.

JOSH IS AN ACTOR.

>> IT'S NOT AS IMPRESSIVE.

IT'S FANTASTIC.

HAVE YOU GOT TIME TO STICK

AROUND?

CAN WE GO TO THE WEB?

WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE WEB.

>> THOSE WATCHING THE WEB.

THE GOVERNMENT AND ALMOST NO ONE

ELSE.

>> SUNDAY NIGHTS AT 10:00 ON

HBO.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

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