The Creator of Veep and The Thick Of It Will Open This Year's Sydney Writers' Festival

Armando Iannucci will chat on stage with Benjamin Law.

The man behind two of the smartest, sweariest shows on television will open this year's Sydney Writers' Festival with a talk about spin and satire in the world of modern day politics.

Armando Iannucci is best known as the creator of two of the funniest political comedies in living memory: the BBC's The Thick of It and HBO's Veep. Both shows have been lauded for their uncomfortably accurate portrayal of contemporary politics. In fact, they're so accurate that Malcolm Turnbull even accidentally adopted one of Selina Myer's slogans during last year's federal election campaign. Whoops!

Both shows also beloved among fans for having some of the most entertaining profanity ever uttered on television… and for very good reason.

Iannucci will be at the Sydney Town Hall on the evening of Tuesday, May 2 with local journalist and screenwriter Benjamin Law, for a conversation that has been appropriately titled 'Swearing In'. Tickets are available now, and are $30 for students and pensioners, and $45 for adults.

The full Sydney Writers' Festival program will be announced on April 6. The festival runs from May 22-28.

Published on March 17, 2017 by Tom Clift

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