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Armando Iannucci on how satirists should tackle strongmen—and what makes a line funny

The mastermind behind the shows that have defined British comedy for a generation, including Alan Partridge and The Thick of It, speaks to Sameer Rahim

By Sameer Rahim   November 2017

Listen: Rahim chats to Prospect Editor Tom Clark in our monthly podcast, Headspace

Over the past 25 years, Armando Iannucci has been at the heart of some of our sharpest comedies. As a writer and director, Iannucci has created defining satirical works: portraying the small-mindedness of a certain kind of Englishman (Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge); the media’s self-importance (The Day Today); and the mendacity of politicians (The Thick of It, Veep.) You can measure his influence by how often clips from his shows…

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