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Armando Iannucci in Conversation with Annabel Crabb  /  Satire

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Armando Iannucci in Conversation with Tony Martin  /  Satire

Armando Iannucci is the brilliant comedic mind behind Veep’s Selina Meyer, The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker and, in collaboration with Chris Morris on The Day Today, the irrepressible Alan Partridge. If you’re familiar with Iannucci’s work, you’ll know he’s also responsible for some of the most inventive swearing and bizarre black comedy ever broadcast in TV history.

Yet this giant of British comedy – famous for his brand of caustic, sometimes surrealist, political satire – worries about the role of comedy in this era of post-truth, populist politics. ‘I now find the political landscape so alien and awful that it’s hard to match the waves of cynicism it transmits on its own,’ he wrote in the New Statesman last year.

One of the running ideas in Iannucci’s work – from Alan Partridge to Selina Meyer – is the gap between puffed-up public image and paranoid private persona. Most recently, he’s been working on a feature film that might touch on these tensions again. It’s set in the Soviet Union in the 1950s and it’s called The Death of Stalin.

In conversation with Annabel Crabb, Iannucci discusses the predicaments and possibilities of political satire today.

Annabel Crabb and Armando Iannucci at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia

See also 2 May 2017 Note Offensive Charms: An Armando Iannucci Radio Primer  /  Radio

Guest post by Miyuki Jokiranta

 
Podcast episodeCover image for of Armando Iannucci in Conversation with Tony Martin

The Wheeler Centre

Armando Iannucci in Conversation with Tony Martin  /  Satire

Similar but not the same   Podcast episode

The Wheeler Centre

Armando Iannucci in Conversation with Annabel Crabb  /  Satire

Armando Iannucci is the brilliant comedic mind behind Veep’s Selina Meyer, The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker and, in collaboration with Chris Morris on The Day Today, the irrepressible Alan Partridge. If you’re familiar with Iannucci’s work, you’ll know he’s also responsible for some of the most inventive swearing and bizarre black comedy ever broadcast in TV history.

Yet this giant of British comedy – famous for his brand of caustic, sometimes surrealist, political satire – worries about the role of comedy in this era of post-truth, populist politics. ‘I now find the political landscape so alien and awful that it’s hard to match the waves of cynicism it transmits on its own,’ he wrote in the New Statesman last year.

One of the running ideas in Iannucci’s work – from Alan Partridge to Selina Meyer – is the gap between puffed-up public image and paranoid private persona. Most recently, he’s been working on a feature film that might touch on these tensions again. It’s set in the Soviet Union in the 1950s and it’s called The Death of Stalin.

In conversation with Tony Martin, Iannucci discusses the predicaments and possibilities of political satire today.

Tony Martin and Armando Iannucci at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre — Photo: Johnboy Davidson

See also 2 May 2017 Note Offensive Charms: An Armando Iannucci Radio Primer  /  Radio

Guest post by Miyuki Jokiranta

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