‘Veep’ season 6: Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Timothy Simons tell if fascism takes over comedy

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A photo of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) from "Veep" season 6. Facebook/Veep

“Veep” season 6 cast members Julia-Louis Dreyfus (Selina Meyer) and Timothy Simons (Jonah Ryan) recently held a live Facebook question-and-answer (Q&A) session to answer fan queries, and also promote a charity campaign they have organised by holding an auction for a set visit. In the video, both actors talk about how tough it is to do comedy in the time when fascism is on the rise.

One of the questions that was raised during the session was “How do you even begin to do political satire now that actual fascists are in the White House?” Dreyfus replied, “In this case, Selina Meyer is out of the White House this season, so that makes it slightly easier.” On the other hand, Simons said, “Day to day, I haven’t found a lot of stuff funny.”

Another interesting question that one of the viewers asked was who is worse in their role among White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Vice President's Director of Communications Mike McLintock. Dreyfus and Simons agreed on this with the same answer - Spicer.

“It’s amazing that someone worse is out there,” quipped Louis-Dreyfus, adding that his habit of chewing gums is a “window into the stress of that gig to begin with.” She also said that gum chewing sounds like a “real Mike McClintock move.”

Besides this, both cast members of “Veep” season 6 were seen cracking jokes with each other as well. Simons made Dreyfus repeatedly tell what her name is, which she kept clarifying is hyphenated. It was evident in the video that they share good camaraderie with each other. (Watch the video below.)

The Q&A session was held to promote the campaign in which the public is offered to visit the set of “Veep.” The proceeds of the event will go to charity. The donations will go to Support Los Angeles High School of the Arts and Children's Community School.

“Veep” is an American political satire comedy series that is inspired by British sitcom “The Thick of It.” The show highlights life and problems that the government faces. The hilarious political commentary as well as comic exaggeration makes it absolutely prophetic.

Showrunner David Mandel says that the show has a similar character to Donald Trump -- Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons). “Basically he is not a millionaire, although I guess neither is Trump, but Jonah is a thin-skinned know-nothing who is temperamental and has horrific outbursts. And yet oddly, somehow, he struck a chord with the voters,” Mandel said in another interview.

The air date for “Veep” season 6 for US as well as Australia has not been announced yet. However, speculations suggest that the show will air during spring in the US.

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