US TV show Veep leaves Australia MP in stitches

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Graham Perrett choked on his rice over a scene in Veep

An Australian MP has found to his cost that an outburst of laughter does not sit well with a mouthful of food.

Graham Perrett laughed so hard while watching an episode of the US political satire Veep that he choked on his sushi, fell against a kitchen cabinet and knocked himself out.

The federal Labor MP, who represents Moreton in Queensland, was left with a black eye and three stitches.

He was later consoled on Twitter by the stars of the TV show.

Mr Perrett’s mishap last Sunday was first reported in the Strewth column of The Australian newspaper.

It said the MP praised medical staff who looked after him but was worried that some voters might be put off by his appearance.

“I’m losing votes every time I show my face,” he told the newspaper.

Mr Perrett later told BuzzFeed News that it was a scene in the first episode of the new season that had caused him to guffaw, with painful consequences.

“Some of the rice went down the wrong way, I started choking and I kind of stumbled forward and knocked my head on the corner of the kitchen cabinet,” he said.

“My wife walked in to find me knocked unconscious on the ground, with blood everywhere.”

Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was among the stars and writers who responded on Twitter.

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It is not the first time the hit TV series has inadvertently made its way into Australian politics.

Last year Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull campaigned under the slogan “continuity and change” – strikingly similar to that used by a presidential hopeful in an earlier season of Veep.

The show’s creators expressed shock at the coincidence.

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