This past weekend’s annual White House Press Correspondents’ Association Dinner is being touted as the funniest in recent history, thanks to President Obama’s turn as comedian-in-chief. But what didn’t hurt was the surprise opening video starring Vice President Joe Biden, directed by Maurice Marable.
In the seven-minute short, Biden teams up with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who reprises her role as Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep. Together, the two decide to ditch the “Snorespondents” Dinner and hang out for the day, speeding around the Capitol in Biden’s yellow Corvette. Their adventure (reminiscent of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) includes sneaking into the White House kitchen (where they’re busted by Michelle Obama); breaking into the Washington Post; bumping into House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a tattoo parlor; and a quick chat with House Speaker John Boehner (who’s skipping the dinner to watch panda videos).
According to Marable, the top-secret spot was shot over the course of four days with only one and half days of actual shooting, due to various schedules and limited time availability. “For example,” says Marable, “we only had 20 minutes with the First Lady, but in that short time she was incredible. She gave us everything we needed.” Marable was approached to direct the spot by HBO and the team at Veep, lead by Dreyfus and written by the show’s creator, Armando Iannucci. A director of commercials, television promos and documentary film, Marable recently launched his own production company, Brim and Brew.