Billy Connolly at 75: Eddie Izzard, Armando Iannucci and more salute 'Beatles of comedy'
Izzard was inspired by his incontinence knickers routine. Iannucci had to listen to his albums in secret. Al Murray was in awe of his rampant charisma. And he made Susan Calman hurt with laughter. Top comedians salute the Big Yin Continue reading...... [Read More]
HBO Orders a Space Comedy Pilot from Armando Iannucci
Veep creator Armando Iannucci has a new show in the works at HBO. According to Deadline, the network has given a pilot order to a show created, written, and executive produced by Iannucci tentatively titled Avenue 5. Not a whole lot of details about the show have been revealed, but the pil... [Read More]
Digging Up the Roots of News Satire with ‘On the Hour’
There have been many articles I’ve written for this series where I assumed that I was probably introducing a significant portion of my readership to that performer. I have never felt the same kind of pressure as I do now when I write about Chris Morris. The reason is that I really want to make... [Read More]
Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci on how to be funny
They have worked together on many projects over 24 years, from On the Hour through to Alan Partridge. At a Guardian Live event, Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci talked about how they write comedy and when to get seriousSC: When you’ve been writing for a long time you don’t mind having u... [Read More]
Sketch Anatomy: Michael Koman on Armando Iannucci’s “Sheffield Knife Attack 20th Anniversary Reunion”
Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer’s perspective what separates a success... [Read More]
Here’s Proof that ‘Veep’ Has More Jokes Per Minute Than Most Shows on TV
You probably already knew that HBO’s Veep is one of the best comedies on television these days, but thanks to some hard data crunching by Den of Geek, there’s now solid proof that Armando Iannucci’s series manages to squeeze in more jokes per episode than any other show. The site a... [Read More]
'Veep' Creator/Showrunner Armando Iannucci to Leave After Season 4
by Megh Wright Veep is losing its creator and showrunner. THR reports that Armando Iannucci has decided to leave his post as showrunner on Veep after four seasons, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him. "We have had conversations with A... [Read More]
Veep creator Armando Iannucci is putting together a comedy film based on Stalin
The man responsible for the Emmy-winning HBO show Veep as well as the fantastic feature In the Loop has set his sites on his next target. Stalin. Armando Iannucci, the British comic and satirist has revealed that his next project will see him move into previously unchartered cine... [Read More]
The Hollywood Reporter hosted the 2014 comedy showrunners roundtable
For the last few years Emmy time, The Hollywood reporter has held roundtable discussions with many TV luminaries. Our favorite is the sitcom TV showrunners because it’s a lot of our favorite comedy people talking about their shows. The 2014 edition just hit the internet and it’s packed f... [Read More]