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'Veep' actor Timothy Simons is wonderfully normal

'Veep' actor Timothy Simons is wonderfully normal

The cast of HBO's "Veep" portrays a group of demented Washington, D.C., political hacks, and while I know these are actors playing monsters in an absurdist comedy of errors, the moment I see someone on a talk show and he or she comes across as a normal and well-adjusted person, I find it unexpectedly comforting. When I met up with the perfectly congenial Timothy Simons recently at Lutz Cafe in the Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood, I tried to explain the sensation. I feel this acutely with Tony Hale, whose neuroses on the show (and on "Arrested Development" before it) are staggering. And then Tony Hale appears on a talk show with totally normal social skills and...