Armando Iannucci foresees comedic golden age

Political humor on upswing, says Brit comedian

COLOGNE, Germany -- While world markets crash, political comedy is entering a golden age, according to Brit comedian and hit TV producer Armando Iannucci ("The Thick Of It").

In a question-and-answer session at the Cologne Conference with THR editor Elizabeth Guider, Iannucci argued that the times demand that television comedy writers and producers become more political and more innovative in how their approach their craft.

"Comedy's most devastating weapon is accuracy," Iannucci said. "You see how Tina Fey's parody of Sarah Palin on SNL gets the biggest laughs when she quotes Palin directly."

Iannucci, who is in post on "In The Loop," a film version of his BBC political sitcom "The Thick Of It," said the global appeal of comedy opens up new possibilities for financing and back-end revenues.

"British comedy has a world-wide audience that will search it out if it's good," Iannucci said. "I am less concerned with piracy than with reaching the largest possible audience for my work."