An Australian MP has been left with stitches after he knocked himself out while laughing at hit TV comedy Veep.

Graham Perrett, a federal Labor MP in Queensland, was eating sushi at home while watching the American political satire and "laughed at the wrong time" – causing him to choke on his dinner.

He said he ran from his living room and "somehow hit the edge of my kitchen island", knocking himself out.

The 51-year-old was left with cuts to his face, a black eye and required three stitches in hospital.

Mr Perrett said the choking fit happened while he was watching a scene that was "totally politically incorrect but very amusing".

"It was very bad, a lot of pain and not much fun," he told ABC.

"My wife is still laughing…saying ‘you’re ridiculous’"

The MP added that he described the accident to hospital staff as he believed "they were concerned that there was an issue".

He said: "When I explained it to them I said it was a freak accident.

"Be careful if you’re eating watching a very funny TV show!"

Veep, created by Armando Iannucci, is in its sixth season on Sky Atlantic.

Veep cast members reacted with surprise to reports of the accident, with lead star Julia Louis-Dreyfus joking on Twitter she was "having a hard time believing it".

Mr Perrett responded to confirm it happened, adding: "Pure gold, your highness!"

Louis-Dreyfus, who is best known as Elaine in Seinfeld, replied: "Well, thank you very much.

"Take good care of yourself and for God’s sakes – be careful!"

Responding to reports of the accident, co-star Timothy Simons tweeted: "Hahahahahahaha oh my god, oh my god."

(c) Sky News 2017: Australian MP knocks himself out laughing at TV comedy Veep

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