Aussie lawmaker says latest 'Veep' episode is a real knockout - literally

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Graham Perrett explains how he knocked himself out

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Graham Perrett explains how he knocked himself out

An Australia MP has laughed so hard while watching the political satire Veep that he started choking and knocked himself out - and his hilarious tale of woe has caught the attention of the show's star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

He then fell over and hit his face on the side of the kitchen bench, causing him to get a black eye and pass out. "But the real question is - what episode?" the actress tweeted. His wife found him covered in a pool of blood.

When directly asked by the queen of comedy herself, Perrett answered with: "Episode One in this new series". Where Jonah has the close shave.

Mr Perrett responded to confirm it happened, adding: "Pure gold, your highness!"

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There's no such thing as being too amusing in the comedy business - unless you're a TV show that makes someone laugh so hard they knock themselves out. "Take good care of yourself and for God's sakes - be careful!", she said.

"I must have been out for only a few seconds because when I came to again, I was still laughing".

David Mandel, the executive producer of Veep, told Guardian Australia he was "very glad someone thinks the episode was as amusing as we do".

The two then chatted back and forth, and even actor Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah, joined in, tweeting "hahaha oh my god".

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Veep, created by Armando Iannucci, is in its sixth season on Sky Atlantic.

During last year's general election down under, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal Party used a phrase that was nearly identical to an election slogan employed by Louis-Dreyfus's Selina Meyer in Veep - one chosen to be deliberately "hollow and oxymoronic".

"I would like to make an official statement on behalf of Veep and the United States", Mandel said.

"When the world is boring, the comedy bar is lower, [but] politicians keep doing stupid/crazy and amusing things".

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