* ActorAllusion: ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', where Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member in the '80s, runs a sketch mocking Selina, which she defuses by appearing on the show herself.
* CastingGag:
** Creator/GaryCole previously played as a veep himself in ''Series/TheWestWing''.
*** His character was the subject of a [[ThrowingOutTheScript teleprompter fail and speech improv]] at his oath of office, whereas here he's involved in the teleprompter failing.
%%** Maybe. Kent finds the trope of {{Alternate Timeline}}s to be a lazy way to create a sci-fi work. Creator/GaryCole previously played in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', [[spoiler:which ended with the original universe getting {{Cosmic Retcon}}ned out of existence in favor of an alternate timeline where the BigBad didn't exist.]]
* {{Defictionalization}}: There's an actual official [[https://jonahryancongressman.com Jonah Ryan campaign website]]. ''Veep'' also bought real ad space in New Hampshire newspapers to put out fake campaign campaign ads for Jonah.
* DevelopmentHell: In 2007 ABC rejected a proposed American version of ''The Thick of It'' that would have centered around a newly elected congressman. Various networks expressed intererest in adapting ''The Thick of It'' after ABC passed, with HBO eventually picking the show up and changing the lead character from congressman to Vice President.
* FakeAmerican: Creator/HughLaurie appears in season 4, playing Tom James, an American politician.
* FakeNationality: The Finnish Prime Minister and her husband are played by the British Sally Phillips and the Canadian Dave Foley.
* PlayingAgainstType: Patton Oswalt as a sleazy lech and [[spoiler:serial sexual abuser]].
* TroubledProduction: The final season went into production shortly after Julia Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer, and had to work around her chemotherapy treatments.
* WordOfSaintPaul: It's been agreed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Creator/KevinSpacey that if Selina Meyer and [[Series/HouseOfCardsUS Frank Underwood]] ran against each other for presidency, Selina would totally "kill" him in the debates only to be killed in a "horrible accident" at some point.
* YouLookFamiliar: Anna Chlumksy, who plays Amy, previously played Liza Weld, a similar character in ''Film/InTheLoop'', Iannucci's previous work.
* Creator/BarackObama and Mitt Romney have been stated to be fans of the show.