“Veep”: Julia Louis-Dreyfus sustains her comedic expertise in role of vice president
Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues to demonstrate why she won an Emmy Award for the sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” in the new HBO comedy “Veep.”
She plays Selina Meyer, a former senator who is now the vice president, and Meyer is a role that the actress specializes in – a floundering and self-absorbed yet humorously likeable and relatable character.
The show consists of briskly paced, non-stop dialogue that takes a bit of getting used to as viewers follow Vice President Meyer during her whirlwind of daily tasks, which include putting out political fires, defending the president’s interests and juggling a busy public schedule as well as a demanding private life.
“Veep,” created by Armando Iannucci, an Academy Award nominee for co-writing “In the Loop,” features an ensemble cast that includes Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”) as Gary, Vice President Meyer’s right-hand man; Anna Chlumsky (“In the Loop”) as Amy, her chief of staff; Matt Walsh (“Hung”) as Mike, Vice President Meyer’s seasoned spokesperson; Reid Scott (“My Boys”) as Dan, an ambitious political aide, Timothy C. Simons (“Days Together”) as Jonah, an overbearing White House liaison; and Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”) as Sue, Vice President Meyer’s executive assistant.
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