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Continuity With Change

So we’re heading back into that season of political debates and campaigns until the big day next November where we elect the next President of the United States.  I always get a kick out of what the candidates use as their slogans .

After the last debate, I stated thinking about the show Veep, especially seasons three and four where Selina is running for president (or re-election, depending on how you look at it), and her slogan: Continuity with Change.  I realize the show is fictional, but I think it’s funny because her slogan makes no sense.  Basically, she’s pledging to keep things the same to change them.

With tonight being the Emmys, Veep is up for a couple awards, including the acting awards for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, and Tony Hale, and I think they all three have a shot for winning.  While I’d love to see Amy Schumer win, Louis-Dreyfus (who’s in the same category as Schumer) has won the Emmy the past three years for every season of Veep, so why would they break that streak?  I mean, Louis-Dreyfus had another solid year on Veep.  

Tony Hale is a definite shoo-in after his performance in  “East Wing,” the episode where Selina (Louis-Dreyfus) tells him he’s unimportant and Hale (as Gary) has this impeccable moment where he yells “I am fucking everything to you!”  I once heard a director (I think it may have been David O. Russell, but don’t quote me) say that you can tell when an actor has a great performance by their eyes.  In that scene, there was this almost electric shock from Hale’s eyes, so I’d be really surprised (and quite pissed) if he didn’t win his second Emmy (he won his first a couple years ago for that episode where Gary and Selina run the 10K).

As for Anna Chlumsky, I sure hope she wins.  I read predictions from other blogs that all say that she definitely deserves it, but that she won’t win.  I think she has a great chance.  She’s been nominated before for Veep, but this time it was for that episode (“Convention”) where she has the fantastic meltdown.

I mean, in this season of Veep, Chlumsky took her character Amy from the president’s campaign manager to having a meltdown and  falling apart to then rebuilding herself as a top lobbyist.

Anyway, I don’t really put that much stock in the Emmys because I just think they, like all others, are slightly political.  Perhaps they just want to keep things continuous…with change.

All Hail Tony Hale

The main reason I’ve been watching Veep is because I find Tony Hale’s character, Gary Walsh, hysterical.  While the other actors do have great performances, Hale as Gary is what makes the show.  I think it’s because the other characters tend to be more aggressive and assertive and active in the politics, whereas Gary is more focused on Selina’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) needs.  Here’s a little clip of different “Gary” scenes I found, it doesn’t really do justice of what he’s really like on the show, but it’ll give you a taste:

Anyway, the reason I bring any of this is up is because I found this interview with Tony Hale that I thought was equally hysterical.  He tells Conan O’Brien about his first acting jobs and some mishaps he had. It got me laughing, so I figured I’d share so you can start this week off laughing as well.