‘Avenue 5’: Himesh Patel Joins Armando Iannucci’s HBO Space Comedy Series

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‘Avenue 5’: Himesh Patel Joins Armando Iannucci’s HBO Space Comedy Series
Exclusive: Himesh Patel has been cast opposite Hugh Laurie in Armando Iannucci’s HBO space comedy Avenue 5.

Created by Iannucci, Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong.

Patel will play Jordan Hatwal, a young stand-up who is just starting out. When he’s offered an eight-week residency on Judd Galaxy’s inaugural luxury cruise around Saturn, he jumps at the chance to declare himself “the Funniest Man in the Universe.” Unfortunately for him, comedy clubs in space famously have no atmosphere. And he doesn’t quite have enough material to last the journey. And his fragile self-confidence means it might not be long before he’s heckling himself. He’s had a few bad gigs in his time, but nothing that could possibly prepare him for this.
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