The comedy gods have heard your prayers – and just might make them come true. “Veep,” the greatest political comedy of all time, could return, one way or another, in one form or another, if only for a short time.
“We certainly discussed it,” star Julia-Louis Dreyfus told Molly Jong-Fast in the latest episode of The new abnormal. “Everyone’s gone now and everyone’s doing other projects and so on. But I’m not ruling it out entirely, doing some sort of “Veep” thing. I mean, there’s one area we could come back to. I think [showrunner] Dave [Mandel] and I talked about it.
Mandel adds: “We got off just enough as if there were time skips in there that you certainly could -“
“Come back in”, suggests Dreyfus.
“Yeah. You can sort of color in and answer a few questions. So I think anything is possible,” Mandel says.
Not so long ago, Mandel and Dreyfus wondered aloud how it was possible to politically satire with Trump in the White House. How do you parody a parody?
Now Dreyfus says, “There is always an opportunity for satire and we hope that with the Biden administration, you know, things will sort of calm down and then we can be the most outrageous.”
“Yeah. It takes a basis of normalcy. And if we can get back to it, if we can get back to a time when you don’t think about the president every six minutes, I think maybe we can get back to some good political satire. old-fashioned, ”Mandel adds.“ But [the Trumpists] made it difficult. They raise the bar of stupidity every day. So it was very difficult to overcome stupidity. You know what I mean?”
In the meantime – this weekend, in fact – the cast of “Veep” reunite to recreate one of the show’s craziest and most prescient episodes. In it, noted The Beast’s Kevin Fallon, protesters are planted [who] “Sing alternately to ‘count every vote’ and ‘stop counting votes’ as new information comes in, changing their message to whichever strategy would benefit them the most.”
Seems familiar? But here’s the really crazy part. It is “an episode of the fifth season of ‘Veep’, so many years ago,” said Dreyfus. 2016, to be exact.
“Yes, ‘Veep’ is real. It’s a documentary. And that’s real life, ”she jokes.
The replay of the episode – starring guest stars Patton Oswalt, Kumail Nanjiani, Mark Hamill and Stephen Colbert – is a fundraiser for a group looking to increase turnout in the upcoming special election in Georgia. Dreyfus thought it would be cool to “read the very scenario that seemed to come true in recent weeks. Let’s read that, sort of an uncut version of it.
The cast did the same before the general election. Maybe they’ll get used to being together again. Maybe it will become a habit. Maybe, maybe, just maybe …
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