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Timothy Simons on shooting the first episode of “VEEP” even though he was sure he would be fired at lunch, playing politics for laughs and portraying everyone’s favourite punching bag.

“What ended up happening was, when we were filming the pilot and I was incredibly nervous and on my first day when I was worried that I was going to get fired at lunch there was that thing that I had to do, which was compartmentalize the fact that I was on a giant HBO show, directed by Armando Iannucci, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus into this idea that I’ve never been on a giant HBO show before, but I have spoken to 6 people in a room before and if I focus on that it seemed more attainable.”

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Film critic and pop culture historian Richard Crouse shares a toast with celebrity guests and entertainment pundits every week on CTV News Channel’s talk show POP LIFE.

Featuring in-depth discussion and debate on pop culture and modern life, POP LIFE features sit-down interviews with celebrities from across the entertainment world, including rock legends Sting and Meat Loaf, musicians Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman, comedian Ken Jeong, writer Fran Lebowitz, superstar jazz musician Diana Krall, stand-up comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell, actors Danny DeVito and Jay Baruchel, celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Nigella Lawson, and many more.

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