An Exclusive Screening and Q&A With The Cast and Creator / EP / Writer Of Avenue 5

About This Event

Don’t miss a screening of an episode from “Avenue 5” followed by an exclusive Q&A interview with stars Hugh Laurie, Ethan Phillips, Lenora Chichlow, Josh Gad, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rebecca Front, Suzy Nakamura, Zach Woods and Creator / Executive Producer / Writer Armando Iannucci on June 4 in the Variety Streaming Room presented by HBO.

​Created by Veep’s” Armando Iannucci, “Avenue 5” is an HBO comedy set 40 years into the future when travelling the solar system is no longer a sci-fi fantasy, but rather a booming, multibillion-dollar business. The series stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of "Avenue 5" – a space cruise ship with luxury amenities like gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes. As the series begins, Avenue 5's eight-week journey around Saturn is underway and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it's up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find a way to deal with unexpected events onboard – though they may or may not be equipped for the task.



About the Speakers



Armando Iannucci is a writer and broadcaster, who has written, directed and produced numerous critically acclaimed television and radio comedy shows. His screenplay for the film In The Loop was nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards, and his iconic series for BBC – The Thick of It – was nominated for 13 BAFTA Awards, winning 5 during its four-series run. Armando’s HBO comedy Veep has picked up numerous awards including four Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series over the last four years, and his film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield will be released in January 2019. In 2017 he published Hear Me Out, a new book on classical music, and released the feature film The Death of Stalin, which was nominated for 2 BAFTAs and won Best Comedy at the European Film Awards. He is currently in the midst of post-production on his new HBO series, Avenue 5, which stars Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad.



Ethan Phillips has appeared in over forty feature films, including Inside Llewyn Davis, Irrational Man, Purge 3, The Island, Bad Santa, Green Card, Man Without a Face, Lean On Me, and Glory. On television he played ‘Neelix’ in STAR TREK: VOYAGER for seven seasons, ‘Pete’ on BENSON for five seasons, and the recurring role of ‘Keith’ in GIRLS. He has guest starred in scores of television shows – most recently on BETTER CALL SAUL, NEW AMSTERDAM, VEEP, THE GOOD WIFE, YOUNGER, and CRIMINAL MINDS. His Broadway credits include NOVEMBER, ALL THE WAY (Tony Winner Best Play), MY FAVORITE YEAR, and JUNK. Ethan has played many leading roles both off- Broadway and in the major regional theatres. He plays tenor saxophone in the Allan Wasserman Jazz band.





Hugh Laurie is a Golden Globe-winning actor, comedian, and musician whose incredible talent on and off the screen continues to captive audiences worldwide.  

Laurie is currently producing and developing a small screen adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s Queen of the Crime books for BBC through ITV-owned producer Mammoth Screen.

Laurie is set to star in BBC’s upcoming four-part drama thriller, Roadkill, written by David Hare and directed by Michael Keillor. Laurie will play a charismatic British politician alongside Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory who will be playing the British Prime Minister.

Laurie will also be seen in HBO’s Avenue 5 as the lead Ryan Clark, the charming and in-control American Captain of Avenue 5. Created and executive produced by Armando Iannucci, the space tourism comedy is set 40 years in the future.

Laurie also stars opposite Dev Patel and Tilda Swinton in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield. The film retells Charles Dickens’ autobiographical classic of the same title and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. The film won three out of nine award nominations at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards.

Laurie recurs as Tom James, a senator and Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis Dreyfus) running mate in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning HBO series, Veep. The show aired its seventh and final season in Spring 2019.

Laurie most recently starred in Hulu’s six-part limited series Catch-22 as squadron executive officer ‘Major de Coverley.’ Directed by George Clooney, the show aired in May of 2019.

Laurie has starred as the lead role Eldon Chance in Chance, which tells the story of a forensic neuro-psychiatrist who enters a dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption, and mental illness. The show hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and premiered on Hulu in 2016.

Laurie’s performance as Dr. Gregory House garnered him two Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He has been honored twice by the Television Critics Association with TCA Awards for Individual Achievement in Drama. 

Additionally, Laurie starred on the AMC miniseries The Night Manager as Richard Roper, the “worst man in the world,” alongside Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki. Laurie’s riveting performance as Richard Roper earned him his seventh Emmy nomination (Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie).

Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the network telefilm Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. He also appeared in Tracey Takes On… and Friends. His voiceover credits include Family Guy and The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror XXI” episode.

His feature credits include Disney’s Tomorrowland with George Clooney, Tim McGraw, and Britt Robertson; Mr. Pip; The Oranges, opposite Catherine Kenner and Leighton Meester; the animated films Arthur Christmas, opposite James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent; Hop, opposite Russell Brand and James Marsden; Monsters vs. Aliens, opposite Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogen; Street Kings, opposite Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves; Flight of the Phoenix, opposite Dennis Quaid; Peter’s Friends, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh; Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; Cousin Bette with Jessica Lange; The Man in the Iron Mask; 101 Dalmatians; and the Stuart Little films with Geena Davis. 

Laurie is also an extraordinary talent off the screen. He has directed television programs and commercials, including the HOUSE Season Six episode “Lockdown.” Four volumes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie scripts have been published by Mandarin, and his first novel The Gun Seller was published to critical acclaim and adapted into a screenplay. Laurie has also written articles for London’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Laurie produced The Cellar Tapes with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson, which won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 1981 and propelled the trio into several groundbreaking British television shows, including four seasons of A Bit of Fry and Laurie which Laurie co-wrote for BBC with Stephen Fry; and three seasons of Blackadder. In addition, four seasons of Jeeves and Wooster, based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre” from 1990-1995.

After signing a record deal with Warner Bros. records, Laurie recorded the celebrated New Orleans blues album “Let Them Talk” which was released in the US in September 2011.  Recorded at sessions in Los Angeles and New Orleans, the musical and vocal collaboration is produced by two-time Grammy Award winner Joe Henry.  The album was the biggest-selling blues album of 2011 in the UK.  The performance documentary about Laurie’s musical passion, Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues also aired on PBS’s “Great Performances” in September. 

Laurie’s second album, “Didn’t It Rain,” was released in August 2013 along with his second PBS special Live on the Queen Mary. This intimate live performance by Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band was filmed aboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach.  In October 2013, Laurie embarked on a US tour with the Copper Bottom Band.

Laurie was born in Oxford, England and educated at Cambridge University, where he received a degree in anthropology.



Josh Gad brings incredible wit, humor and depth to all of his roles from a Summer-loving snowman to a wacky Mormon missionary.

Gad just premiered his film “Little Monsters” at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which also stars Lupita Nyong’o and Alexander England and will be distributed by Neon in Fall of 2019.

His upcoming projects include Sony’s animated film “The Angry Birds Movie 2” opposite Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader, Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” opposite Judi Dench for director Kenneth Branagh, and on November 22nd, 2019 he will be back as ‘Olaf’ in Disney’s “Frozen 2.”

His recent films include Universal’s “A Dog’s Journey,” Open Road’s “Marshall,”Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

He recently wrapped production on HBO’s “Avenue 5” from creator Armando Iannucci.

Josh will next be heard in Apple’s animated musical comedy “Central Park” which tells the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park. He will star opposite Leslie Odom Jr, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and Daveed Diggs.

Additional film credits include starring alongside Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage in Sony’s “Pixels,” starring opposite Kevin Hart in “The Wedding Ringer,” Zach Braff’s indie project, “Wish I Was Here,” starring as the loveable sidekick ‘Olaf’ in Disney’s award-winning animated film, “Frozen,” “Angry Birds,” the Steve Job’s biopic, “Jobs;” “Thanks for Sharing” with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins; Shawn Levy’s “The Internship,” opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; Ed Zwick’s “Love & Other Drugs,” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Hank Azaria; Shawn Levy’s “The Rocker,” alongside Rainn Wilson; “21,” opposite Kate Bosworth, Lawrence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey; and “Crossing Over,” with Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. Other voice credits include “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” alongside Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez and John Leguizamo.

In 2015, Gad starred alongside Billy Crystal in the FX show “The Comedians” about a veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian for a late-night comedy sketch show.

In 2012, Gad served as an executive producer, co-creator and star on NBC’s family comedy “1600 Penn.” He played Skip Gilchrist, the clumsy eldest son of the President (Bill Pullman), whose sincere attempts to do the right thing often go awry. Gad has also lent his voice to ‘Woodie’ on MTV’s animated series “Good Vibes” and played the title role on BBC Worldwide’s “Gigi: Almost American.” He has guest-starred on hit series such as “New Girl” and “Modern Family.”

Gad also took Broadway by storm starring as Elder Cunningham in the Tony Award-winning comedy musical “Book of Mormon.” Gad was nominated for Tony, Drama League and Astaire awards, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award. He made his Broadway debut in a Tony-winning production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

After graduating from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Gad began his career in the theater. He then turned his sights to comedy, co-founding his own company, The Lost Nomads Comedy Troupe.



Nikki Amuka-Bird was nominated for Best Leading Actress at the 2017 TV BAFTA’s for her outstanding performance in the BBC drama adaptation of Zadie Smith’s globally successful book, NW. It has just been announced that Nikki will play a lead role in Armando Iannucci’s HBO space comedy pilot Avenue 5. Nikki will also star in BBC One’s TV mini-series Gold Digger which is slated for release later this year and centres on a wealthy older woman who falls in love with a younger man. She has recently been seen as a lead in BBC drama, from the makers of Luther, Hard Sun. Television career highlights include playing opposite Idris Elba in the role of DCI Erin Gray in the internationally renowned Luther and more recently, taking a lead role in HBO’s well reviewed 8-part series Quarry. Other notable television roles include parts in Spooks, Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, The Line of Beauty, The Last Enemy, Robin Hood, Torchwood and Survivors.

Nikki can currently be seen on the big screen in Matthew Heiman’s A Private War opposite Rosamund Pyke. She can also currently be seen on Netlflix playing Miranda in Steven Soderbergh’s feature The Laundromat, opposite Meryl Streep. She will reunite with Iannucci in his The Personal Story of David Copperfield based on the Charles Dickens novel which premiered at this year’s London Film Festival and will be released in January. In 2015 she starred opposite Mila Kunis in Warner Brothers globally successful sci-fi action film Jupiter Ascending. Other film credits include The Omen, Cargo, The Face of an Angel, Shoot the Messenger, Almost Heaven and The Children Act, opposite Emma Thompson. She played Libby Holbrook alongside Rachael Weisz in the BATFA nominated film Denial.

Nikki played the lead in the Donmar Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Her theatrical credits include God Bless The Child, Love and Information (Royal Court); Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre); Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic, in which she was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award); World Music (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and Donmar Warehouse); Top Girls (Oxford Stage Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters (RSC); Doubt: A Parable (Tricycle Theatre).



Rebecca is a BAFTA winning actress who has just wrapped on the first series on Armando Iannucci’s comedy series AVENUE 5 for HBO, opposite Hugh Laurie. She can currently be seen alongside Eddie Reedmayne in THE AERONAUTS, directed by Tom Harper as well as in Rodrigo Cortes’ next feature DOWN A DARK HALL alongside Uma Thurman and AnnaSophia Robb. Rebecca is filming the second series of THE OTHER ONE for BBC2 and can most recently be seen in DARK MON£Y, directed by Lewis Arnold, for BBC1. Other credits include TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, Steve Coogan’s MID MORNING MATTERS WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE, BILLIONAIRE BOY, THE THICK OF IT (The UK’s precursor to VEEP), PSYCHOBITCHES, OUTNUMBERED, DR THORNE directed by Niall McCormick for ITV, WAR AND PEACE directed by Tom Harper for BBC One and HUMANS directed by Sam Donovan for Kudos/C4.



Born and raised in Chicago, Nakamura began her career in the touring company of The Second City and later opened the first two shows at The Second City Detroit. After moving to Los Angeles, she began guest starring on television, eventually landing recurring roles on “The West Wing” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Nakamura has appeared in over 100 television episodes. She has been a series regular on shows such as “Go On,” opposite Matthew Perry, and “Help Me Help You” with Ted Danson, and recurred on numerous episodic series, including “Black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family,” and “Men of a Certain Age.” She has guest starred on “Veep,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Station 19,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Elementary,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Castle,” among many others. She starred opposite Ken Jeong on the ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken.”



Zach Woods is one of the most beloved comedic actors in Hollywood today.

Currently, Woods stars as ‘Jared Dunn’ in the sixth and final season of HBO’s Emmy-nominated series SILICON VALLEY. The show has continued to receive critical acclaim since its premiere in 2014 garnering a Primetime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series for all five seasons and two Golden Globe nominations in the category of Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

In 2020, he will be seen in Armando Iannucci’s HBO series AVENUE 5, alongside Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad. The space tourism comedy is set 40 years in the future, in a world where interplanetary travel is a successful, viable industry. 

Previous television credits include: the five-time Emmy award-winning series THE OFFICE, THE GOOD WIFE, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, THE LEAGUE, KROLL SHOW, and COMEDY BANG! BANG!.

Upcoming on the big screen, Woods will star in the Fox Searchlight feature DOWNHILL alongside Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set to premiere in 2020. A remake of the 2014 Cannes Jury Prize-winning Swedish film FORCE MAJEURE, DOWNHILL follows the story of a seemingly picture-perfect family on a winter vacation rattled in the aftermath of a diverted avalanche. The film is written by Jesse Armstrong and produced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Other film credits include: Steven Spielberg’s THE POST opposite Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie and Carrie Coon, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, GHOSTBUSTERS and THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2.

Woods began his career at the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York where he frequently performed with the group ‘The Stepfathers’ and in the weekly show Asssscat.

Woods currently resides in Los Angeles.


Lenora Chichlow


This British actress has not stopped working since making her leap to the US, just a few years ago. She can currently be seen on HBO’s hit comedy AVENUE 5 opposite Hugh Laurie. Before that, Lenora was a series lead on the Warner Brothers produced series DECEPTION, for ABC Network.  Lenora’s other credits include her unforgettable starring role in the “White Bear” episode of the Netflix/BBC series BLACK MIRROR, the Netflix series FLAKED,  the ABC series BACK IN THE GAME and NBC’s A TO Z series.  In London, Lenora got her start as a teen playing the lead role of 'Sugar' in the BAFTA/Emmy award-winning comedy series SUGAR RUSH.  Lenora then went on to star in her own series MATERIAL GIRL for the BBC, the BBC America movie BURTON AND TAYLOR opposite Helena Bohman-Carter and starred on the hit UK series BEING HUMAN.  Lenora was also the lead in the British film FAST GIRLS, opposite Lily James, the US indie film LATE BLOOMER and the upcoming film LONDON CALLING. She was honored in Screen Daily’s “ones to watch” for young UK actors. Lenora has both US & UK citizenship