'Veep' stars respond to Australian injured while laughing

Veep stars respond to Australian MP who knocked himself out laughing at episode

The stars of HBO's award-winning comedy series "Veep" have responded to news that their show caused an Australian politician to injure himself while watching.

Luckily, his wife found him passed out on the floor and bleeding, and he went to hospital, receiving three stitches and some surgical glue.

Graham Perrett says he was eating sushi while watching the U.S. political satire when "some of the rice went down the wrong way", causing him to fall and knock himself out.

Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus was more than a little incredulous when she heard the story on Thursday, tweeting, "I mean, c'mon, I'm actually having a hard time believing it. But the real question is - what episode?", she wrote.

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Like a scene from the show itself, that's what Variety says happened to Australian MP Graham Perrett while he was watching the hit comedy Veep.

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 told Buzzfeed.

Perrett said after all the entertainment "Veep" had provided him, he was glad to give some amusement back to its makers.

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The Queensland Labor MP was eating dinner while watching the show, before he started laughing - and then choking - on some rice, The Australian's Strewth column reported.

"I hate to say it is my political highlight but I do feel like just dropping the microphone and walking away after Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded to my tweet and wished me well", he added.

Perrett has watched two "Veep" episodes since his accident, but he has learnt a lesson.

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