Veep is not for the overly sensitive or deeply offended television viewer...and thank f**king goodness for that. The scathing HBO comedy about the deliriously foul-mouthed, unintentionally incompetent, and downright crazy fictitious Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer (Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her not-so-merry band of equally deliriously foul-mouthed, unintentionally incompetent, and downright crazy (played by the immensely talented likes of Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Tony Hale, and Matt Walsh, among others in the ensemble) is back for a second season and things are even more cynical and brutally funny than ever.
Season 2 of the series premiered on Sunday night and the mind Armando Iannucci — the king of the blistering comeback (also see: In The Loop, The Thick Of It) — has unleashed a new string of fast and furious one-liners. With a show like Veep, the rewind function on your DVR is downright essential as the jokes are relentless and it's easy to miss one when you're still in hysterics over the one that happened right before it.
The premiere episode, the aptly titled "Midterms" which found Selina and her cabinet dealing with the stress of the midterm elections and their own personal set of crisises (from a hospitalized father to trying to sell a boat on Ebay to trying to find a lipstick, everyone had their own set of unique meltdowns and little to no compassion from anyone around them), there was the lion's share of bad words and unfiltered comebacks.
If "Midterms" is any indication of Season 2, this year of Veep will be even nastier, and in turn, more hilarious than Season 1. If nothing else, Veep (which will, no doubt, rightfully earn Julia Louis-Dreyfus more awards and accolades) will provide your new favorite lines to quote from television. Jot these down for your next fight, because here are the ten best and most blistering one-liners heard in the Season 2 premiere of Veep.
1. "I fluffed 'em, now you f**k em." - Selina2. "My eyes will say Holocaust, my mouth will say Carnivale." - Selina 3. "Nope, it's a rape alarm. Not like she's ever gonna need that. I mean she's not ugly, but she's got a lot of security." - Gary (Hale)4. "You have as much a chance of getting the Vice President on your show as you have of getting your husband to leave that cheerleader." - Sue (Sufe Bradshaw) 5. "I don't know what those words mean. Mike, are you in the middle of some kind of aneurysm?" - Selina6. "Screw you and the face you rode in on." - Roger (Dan Bakkedahl)7. "Jesus, I feel my virginity growing back in here." - Dan (Scott)8. "You have three kids by two different guys, maybe your last word should have been, 'No'." - Amy (Chlumsky)9. "Why don't you go and f**k yourself in your own a**hole?" - Selina 10. "It was accident. Much like when Big Foot got your mom pregnant, resulting in you." - Mike
Veep airs at 10 PM ET on Sundays on HBO.
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You love them, we love them, and it's high time Emmy recognized them. We're talking about the TV actors and actresses who have yet to be recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, despite drawing us in week in and week out with their awe-inspiring ability to make us laugh, cry, or a weird combination of both. So every day here at Hollywood.com, we're going to be saluting those on the small screen who deserve an Emmy nomination, longshot status be damned. Today, we cast our ballot for Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a woman that's no stranger to praise. Sure, we can get into the blah blah blahs about Seinfeld and all that, but why dwell on her past greatness when her current is even more hilarious? Enter: Veep, and enter Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States and her clumsy staff of never-cans and dopey try-hards. Now this is a role worth Emmy gold — and she deserves one right out the gate.
The role of Vice President has seemingly become a position more known for its political gaffes and comedic accidents rather than political prestige thanks to the you-can't-make-this-upness of Joe Biden, and well, that whole Sarah Palin thing. Plus, the job itself is second fiddle — no one dreams of becoming the Vice President; no, no, no... those who dream, dream a bit higher than that. Hence, it's easy to see how that chip meets shoulder attitude can make itself known. My fellow Americans, meet comedy gold.
And putting Louis-Dreyfus at the center of the role is a masterstroke, as her comedic deft and sense of control is perfect for the show's quick and abrasive humor. She's also a producer on the show; look at all the hats she's got on that well-coiffed head of hers (metaphorically)! But her real talents shine in her exacting and impressive balance on the comedy of power.
Her Selina Meyer is a women perceived to have so much power, but, is constantly being under-minded. The power she does have, is in the office and her tyranny of humor is best when she is suffering a crisis. The volleying play of power/no-power in the season finale was breathtakingly hilarious, and also daringly perceptive of the way it must feel to be in such a position — or any position — where you are clawing your way to the middle. Mediocrity and the District. Her poll numbers lower, she has Rodney Dangerfield-levels of respect from the man who put her in the role. "Sue, did the President call?" "No."
And then there are the maneuvers. You know what I mean, too — those things that politicos do to deflect the "regular normals" (which is also another brilliant so-funny-it-feels-true take-down) in all situations. The smile to "take back to his boss," or my personal favorite, the "Ma'am, it's the President" faux-call. All of these (and there are so many more) seem to point to the divisive, and well, political nature of politics. Selina Meyer lives in a world where even choosing an ice cream flavor is a political statement, and needs its own brainstorm. If she cries once in a day it's great, twice and it's crocodilian, and three times is damn-near 5150 status. And the absurdity in it all comes from the seeming truth of the situations. So well-calculated as to come off casual, to send a message (no matter how clouded that message might be at times). This is happening in politics in this country, right now. I'm sure of it, and that's why it's so perfect. Somebody did their homework on this show, and it is paid in full when put in the hands of Louis-Dreyfus. Everything is in a constant state of tug-o-war, mostly having to do with people exerting as much power as they can, when they can, and keeping-score on their very empty scorecards. Because ultimately, nobody's winning. And that's what makes it so brilliant. Louis-Dreyfus is constantly struggling to win — pinned up against her own limitations and powerlessness in the grand game of Washington, DC.
Her staff of barely-lovable (with the exception of very-lovable Gary, played by Tony Hale) bozos plays perfectly into her struggle for power and clarity; They do the calisthenics of her work — trying desperately to think up the next great power play to help her (but ultimately, them) make her tenure seem like a shiny, legacy-leaving beacon. Each one of them — her Chief of Staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky), Communications Director Mike (Matt Walsh), ambitious staff newcomer Dan (Reid Scott), and the stony secretary Sue (Sufe Bradshaw) — is in a constant state of flux. (Well, except for Sue, but that's because Sue is the queen bee and she knows exactly what she's doing and how to do it.)
And Louis-Dreyfus has been in the game for ages, so she knows how to jump from cold to vulnerable to tedious to frazzled to sad to uppity to out-of-touch with a fluidity that is rarely seen in even the most practiced of dancers. Timing is everything in comedy, and when your comedic platform discusses the frenzied, constantly-moving multi-headed beast that is politics in America, well, you've got your work cut out for you. But not our girl Julia — oh no, no, no. She is in charge of at least one thing as Selina Meyer, and that is her comedic brilliance. There's no better sort of take-down than a comedy take-down, and home-girl is giving it to us. So, please, Emmy voters, cast your ballot for this Best Actress and get our girl a shiny new statue, stat. It's your civic duty.
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HBO's new political comedy Veep has a pretty fruitful subject matter—the behind-the-scenes dysfunctions of the White House staff—and a very impressive name behind it in Armando Iannucci, creator of another political satire, In the Loop. But if that isn't enough for you, it has got a cast that pulls from some of the greatest pieces of pop culture from the early '90s.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus leads the cast as the apparently inept Vice President of the United States, in the first role that seems suitable for her comic prowess since Seinfeld. Right beside Louis-Dreyfus' VP Selina Meyer is an edgy, ambitious Chief of Staff, played by an actress who will really tug at your affection for early '90s nostalgia: Anna Chlumsky, star of My Girl.
In addition to these leading greats, Veep boasts power players from Arrested Development, the Upright Citizens Brigade, My Boys, and even a Star Trek alum. Check out the character videos below, and the trailer for the upcoming show. Veep will premiere Sunday, Apr. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Selina Meyer, Vice President—played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a.k.a. Elaine from Seinfeld
Amy Brookheimer, Chief of Staff—played by Anna Chlumsky, a.k.a. Vada Margaret Sultenfuss from My Girl
Gary Walsh, "Body Man"—played by Tony Hale, a.k.a. Buster Bluth from Arrested Development
Mike McClintock, Director of Communications—played by Matt Walsh, founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade
Dan Egan, Deputy Director of Communications—played by Reid Scott, a.k.a. Brendan from My Boys
Sue Wilson, Executive Assistant—played by Sufe Bradshaw, a.k.a. an alien in Star Trek
Jonah Ryan, White House Liaison—played by Timothy Simons: newcomer!
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