HBO’s comedy 'Silicon Valley' launches second season

Morgan Brasfield
'Silicon Valley' Season 2 premieres Sunday

HBO's hit show "Silicon Valley" may lampoon the tech industry in California, but people from the actual Silicon Valley apparently don't mind the ribbing.

The show's second season launches Sunday, and Wednesday night tech luminaries like Zynga CEO Mark Pincus and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppleman showed up in San Francisco to celebrate.

Mike Judge, creator of the famed TV series "Beavis and Butt-Head" and the film "Office Space," said that immersing himself in the Valley to come up with the quirky characters wasn't difficult to do.

"I think we try to make the actual things that they're doing and the technical parts of it pretty accurate, and we just exaggerate comedy and personality to make the show funny. But I think the show is better for being more realistic when it can be," Judge said.

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The comedy follows a house of tech-geeks who are navigating their series A funding for their start-up, Pied Piper. In typical Silicon Valley fashion, the group lives and works together, and the show documents in tongue-in-cheek fashion the challenges faced in that environment.

Actor Thomas Middleditch arrives at the premiere of HBO's "Silicon Valley," at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, April 3, 2014.
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Actor Martin Starr, who plays Gilfoyle on the show, says that he's gained a newfound respect for real-life tech entrepreneurs who are pioneering the development of new technology.

"I've become aware of how much help they've been to me, just in all of the things they create and the way they try to create shortcuts for little aspects of life. They're constantly creating the TV remote, if that makes sense."

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Last season featured a cameo Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is scheduled to appear in Season 2.