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Live webchat with Armando Iannucci

(165 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 11-Nov-10 10:23:16

Much excitement at Mumsnet HQ as Armando Iannucci is going to be joining us next Tuesday (16th Nov) between 12 and 1 to answer your questions.

Armando has written and produced numerous television and radio comedy shows. 'The Thick of it' picked up 3 BAFTAS earlier this year and his screenplay for the film 'In The Loop' was nominated for an Oscar at this year's Academy Awards. He is currently working on a new comedy series for American network HBO, set in the Vice President's office at the White House and his latest book, The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files is just out.

Armando is Patron of the Oxford Silver Star Society, a specialist care unit for mothers with difficult pregnancies, located at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, and has led a successful campaign this summer to keep it open.

Put the date in your diary and if you're unable to join us next Tuesday lunchtime, post your questions to Armando here.

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 21:00:37

by which i mean of course #iamsusan

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 21:04:22

actually, and i mean you no disrespect here armando iannucci, david schneider has been a revelation on twitter, with a lovely twisty brain. <suddenly gets yesterday's aung san suu kyi joke>

Habbibu Sat 13-Nov-10 21:13:37

Got distracted when looking for DS there to see if S Fry had deflounced, and found his blog. Dear God. I loved loved loved Fry and Laurie, but age has not rendered him pithy. It's a wonder he can cope with Twitter.

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 21:31:16

there's a show coming up in a fortnight on gold that 'reunites' fry and laurie, i watched it in advance as was SUCH a fan. sketches great (and nice to see hugh laurie's real teeth again) but what a big old nellie that man fry is.

Habbibu Sat 13-Nov-10 21:33:41

Bah - we don't have gold. Did you get some snazzy preview copy?

Feel like we're hijacking this thread!

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 21:54:06

yup. now watching a very interesting doc about a hawaiian deep sea water pipeline. <sighs> will abandon hijack now and get back to work.

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 21:59:06

(actually just for the record it's called the brands that make billions and is really, really interesting. next week, yogurt.)

FrameyMcFrame Sat 13-Nov-10 21:59:50

Armando, why do you think there is so little political satire on TV now (apart from the ubiquitous panel shows)? There is not much political stand up happening either,
why is that or is there good stuff out there that we're missing?

Habbibu Sat 13-Nov-10 22:05:46

OK - here's one: Armando, why do you think there's no equivalent to the Daily Show on British TV? I guess the closest in terms of analysis is Bremner, Bird and Fortune - do you think something similar to DS would work here?

Eleison Sat 13-Nov-10 22:10:30

I like "hive mind headed up by davina mccall". That's a pretty good summary of Twitter. I had to unfollow loads of comedians for being either too prolific and needy ("Laugh at me now; laugh at me more" -- e.g. David Schneider) or too aloof ("My radio programe is on at 6:30. Don't expect me to be funny for free here.")

But anyway back to the webchat, sorry.

Habbibu Sat 13-Nov-10 22:18:29

Oh, and kudos for the John Radcliffe thing - I didn't know about it, and think it's great - having gone through two stressful pregnancies after complex losses, I'm well aware of the need for good specialist care (which thankfully I got in Dundee).

scottishmummy Sat 13-Nov-10 23:26:01

funny funny man,dont big up too much or he'll get a big bad for a holy wullie gone bad

scottishmummy Sat 13-Nov-10 23:29:53

enough blether,my question:what rl feedback have those you take piss out of gave you

Ilythia Sun 14-Nov-10 22:18:55

Oh great. finally a webchat I can enjoy and it's in the middle of the bleeding day. Bollocks.

On a more fawny note I got my Dosac book early after preordering it on amazon so thanks for that. Am using it daily as my swearfinder. Particularly love malcom's attempt at a novel. Very amusing.

Please say he will be back soon<<tries not to beg, fails miserably>>

Anyway, my question is...

Have you ever cleaned up your own mother's piss?

Hassled Mon 15-Nov-10 10:09:50

I'd like to ask who came first - Malcolm Tucker or Peter Capaldi? Did you have a strong idea of the Tucker character, then audition and happen to find an actor who did an amazing job, or did you know Peter Capaldi and build the Tucker character around what you knew he could do?

weblette Mon 15-Nov-10 13:35:19

Forget about the marriage offers, he's married to a very very lovely lady.

Arm you loon, you may live to regret doing this grin

Shammalamma Mon 15-Nov-10 13:35:37

this interests me not

mindfulmama Mon 15-Nov-10 13:47:44

Armando, do you recall the ORC tour in the 1984 when we had to sniff coffee granules out of the jar because we were too poor to buy coffee and the journo in Cambridge thought your name was a pseudonym becuase you had a Scottish accent?! How important do you think your University experiences were?

everythingiseverything Mon 15-Nov-10 14:27:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KirstyJC Mon 15-Nov-10 15:37:22

Hi Armando, my hubbie is a huge fan of yours and he would like me to ask you:

a) If you plan to do another sketch show like The Armando Iannucci Shows?


b) did you try and get a 2010 Election Armistice special with Peter Baynam and David Schneider?


jonicomelately Mon 15-Nov-10 16:27:19

I've just received an email inviting me to submit a comedy sketch to a theatre company. The thing is this could be my big break so I was wondering if you could write it and I'll send it in my name.
Won't take you a jiffy what with your massive comic talent and it'll be great for me smile
Go on. Give a girl a break. If you don't, you're a tight git and the next time there's a thread on here about horrible slebs, I'll tell them how I once asked you for help and how you refused grin

midnightexpress Mon 15-Nov-10 16:54:16


Haven't got a question.

Love love love the Thick of It. Do so hope you will be laying into the present incumbents asap.

Oh, having read the OP I do have a question. Do you think there is something intrinsically comic about the role of Vice-President of the USA? It seems to attract more than its fair share of idiots. Though sadly for the world of comedy, not Sarah Palin.

jonicomelately Mon 15-Nov-10 17:21:01

Further to my previous post, this being Mumsnet, everybody will assume you refused to help me carry my buggy up a large flight of stairs or similar grin

sickofsocalledexperts Mon 15-Nov-10 20:15:43


I love the Thick of it with a passion - have read and watched everything, wish you would bring out more script books ( I have read and re-read them so many times, that even I have to face the fact that I need a new set of scripts to read, and in fact I think the existing book is now out of print). I used to be in PR so I particuarly love it when we hear Terri on the phone, almost always either planning a visit to her dental hygienist for a clean, or bitching to the journos about the latest minister. So true to life, almost makes me wish I had been in political PR rather than corporate. Sorry, more of a fan rant than a question but my question is this - please can we have some more script books, and also more from Stewart as per the email advertising the new Dosac lost files - I love Stewart, particularly the way in which underneath his touchy-feely talk he is actually an utter shit! NB - fave bit of the Dosac book is Malcolm's PA rewriting his emails, except the one to Adam B. One more plea - can we have a bit more from (Lord) Julius Nicholson. And is he based on John Birt? And if so, did John Birt famously have a thing for biscuits - realise you can't answer any of those questions for fear of legal action, but perhaps you could hint?

simonedeboudoir Mon 15-Nov-10 21:12:24


Everything you have ever written is fucking hilarious. This is a rare point of agreement between me and dh

Anyway, questions:

Will you be making another The Thick Of It spin off feature film?

Under what circumstances would you consider going on I'm a Celebrity? grin


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