Comic challenges Exeter MP to shave head as "feud" continues
Satirist Armando Iannucci has challenged Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw to shave his head for charity in the latest round of their "feud".
Mr Iannucci, the balding comic behind the political comedy The Thick of It, said he would wear a clown wig for Comic Relief if the MP took a razor to his much-envied locks.
The challenge came after Mr Bradshaw, a former Cabinet minister, quipped the writer was "folically challenged" and suggested this was behind disparaging remarks about the Labour MP's "dull" comments on social media website, Twitter.
In an interview with the Metro newspaper published today, Mr Iannucci was asked about "feuding" with Mr Bradshaw.
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He said: "I did an interview and thought it would be funny to talk about Ben Bradshaw's boring tweets but the Exeter press took it to him and he then whipped it up with me apparently being jealous of his head of hair. If he'll shave his hair off for Comic Relief, I'll wear a clown wig."
Mr Iannucci, also behind US political comedy series Veep, had criticised the Exeter MP in a magazine interview.
"All his tweets are very dull: 'Congratulations to the people of Exeter for another fine display of road-management skills. No traffic accidents today in Exeter.' Which strikes me as the wrong use of social media," he said
The comic had previously noted Mr Bradshaw boasts "amazing hair" – but that "I'm always suspicious of politicians who have any hair".
Mr Bradshaw said at the time: "He has had a go at me before because of my hair, probably because he's folically challenged. It's also probably because I've been rude about The Thick of It."
He went on: "I would never tweet anything as dull as that."