POLITICAL JOKES CLOSE TO REALITY
THE season return of this acclaimed comedy fills me with dread. Like – also penned by genius screenwriter and creator Armando Iannucci – it took the wasteland that is politics and made us laugh at the absurdity of it all. Now all we’re left with is the real thing, and that’s just way too depressing to admit. Just as it has for the past five seasons, returns with storylines that will mirror the real race to the White House – with Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, above) back on the election (the incomparable Tony Hale), and staffers including hapless Mike (Matt Walsh) and despairing Amy (Anna Chlumsky). Meanwhile, West Wing pest Jonah (Timothy Simons) has stepped up his ambitions, campaigning for the anti-vaxxer vote (which makes kissing babies a health hazard). The writing is just en pointe, with Meyers lamenting “this entire country is getting more and more disgusting by the second”, to which one of her advisors replies: “that’s a demo we’re targeting mostly on Facebook”.