Ever almost pee’ed your pants from laughing too hard? What about laughing so hard you choke on sushi, knock yourself unconscious and wake up with a black eye? No? Just this guy, then.
Graham Perrett is an Australian federal Labor MP and it turns out, a crazed Veep fan and an enjoy-er of many LOLs. A dangerous amount of LOLs.
According to The Australian, the politician was sporting a cut-up, black eye Thursday, but it wasn’t the result of car accident or fist fight. Just TV. As the outlet put it, Perrett “made the mistake of watching political satire Veep while eating, started laughing — then choking — while masticating a load of rice, fell over and planted face first on to the … bench.”
Luckily, his wife found him passed out on the floor and bleeding, and he went to hospital, receiving three stitches and some surgical glue.
But it seems it was all worth it for the lover of political comedy. Because now word has got out thanks to a bunch of Buzzfeed tweets, and some of Veep’s cast and crew are impressed. And in Julia Louis Dreyfus’ case, also concerned.
Timothy Simons, who plays the character Jonah Ryan, was also entertained by the tale.
But none got as “into it” as Veep’s showrunner David Mandel, who apologised to the fair nation of Australia via a statement to Buzzfeed. “I would like to make an official statement on behalf of Veep and the United States,” Mandel said.
“We would like to apologise to Australia, our key ally in the Asia-Pacific region, for writing something that would cause bodily harm to your people.”
He continued: “You realise if I wrote that Selina Meyer was laughing, got caught choking on sushi and hit her head, people would say, ‘yeah right, that doesn’t happen, you can’t do that.’ It really does seems like something in the show, so I guess I’ll have to wait a year now to use it.”
Yep, truth in Australian politics does tend to be stranger than fiction.