John Finnemore Is Indeed In HBO's Avenue 5, Armando Iannucci Says So And Everything

Okay, so this is a Bleeding Cool story about someone tweeting a link to a Bleeding Cool story. Which means that it has the potential to get self-referential fast, If either Armando Iannucci or John Finnemore do it again, the whole thing could collapse upon itself in a singularity, forming a black hole of a social media event horizon, something from which none of us will escape. Still, in for a penny.

Four days ago, I utilised some of the greatest journalistic skills that Bleeding Cool possesses to read a short PR-friendly interview that comedy writer/performer John Finnemore did for a local paper three months ago, notice something in it, and write an article based on it.

Basically that it looked as if John Finnemore would be writing for Armando Iannucci's new HBO show, Avenue 5. A sci-fi comedy starring Hugh Laurie set on a holiday space ship that airs in a couple of weeks. And considered that it might be a way to revisit in some strange twisted form, Finnemore's work on one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, Cabin Pressure, which he both wrote in its entirety and co-starred in, set in a small airline – or an airdot, as I believe one of the jokes described it.

Then Armando Iannucci went and tweeted that yes, indeed, Finnemore was on Avenue 5. And in Avenue 5.

In it too?

Seems so. I mean, he could do both of those well, I'm sure. Or something else. Since we asked him for a story set on an space-cruising star-ship… oh damn it, I forgot the cello.

You know the internet has made that bit in Annie Hall with Marshall McLuhan an everyday occurrence. Life really is like this now. We're living in the future.

Until we find out more, here's a trailer for Avenue 5.

And then the Pachelbel pair of sketches by Finnemore, in which he uses an accent.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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