Patton Oswalt, 2016 Emmy Award winner in the category of Best Writing for a Variety Special
Patton Oswalt, 2016 Emmy Award winner in the category of Best Writing for a Variety Special

Lest we forget, stories come in many forms.  While we often think of them mainly in terms of novels, short stories, poetry and the like, some of our most enduring stories also come to us through the playwrights and screen writers who provide the framework for the stage plays, television shows and movies that capture our imaginations and serve as touchstones in popular culture.

Last week, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (also known as the Television Academy) aired the 68th Emmy Awards, honoring the best acting, directing, producing, technical achievement and writing in the industry in the past year.  While most heard about Game of Thrones winning the award for Best Drama Series, or Sarah Paulson gaining a statuette for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in The People v. O. J. Simpson, very little coverage is given of those writers who also were voted the best in their field.

So let’s take a moment and recognize the men and women who wrote some of our most memorable television shows this year, in comedy, drama and variety shows.  They are only a few of those who work day in and day out to make us smile, laugh, sigh, cry and escape our frantic lives for a few minutes.  They are, indeed, writers, and today, they are winners.


WINNER – Master of None (“Parents”), written by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang

Catastrophe (“Episode 1”), written by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Silicon Valley (“Founder Friendly”), written by Dan O’Keefe

Silicon Valley (“The Uptick”), written by Alec Berg

Veep (“Morning After”), written by David Mandel

Veep (“Mother”), written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck


WINNER – Game of Thrones (“Battle of the Bastards”), written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

The Americans (“Persona Non Grata”), written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg

Downton Abbey (“Episode 8”), written by Julian Fellowes

The Good Wife (“End”), written by Robert King and Michelle King

Mr. Robot (“”), written by Sam Esmail

UnREAL (“Return”), written by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro


WINNER – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”), written by D.V. DeVincentis

Fargo (“Loplop”), written by Bob DeLaurentis

Fargo (“Palindrome”), written by Noah Hawley

The Night Manager, written by David Farr

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (“From the Ashes of Tragedy”), written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (“The Race Card”), written by Joe Robert Cole


WINNER –  Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, written by Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss and Juli Weiner

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, written by Jo Miller, Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Mathan Erhardt, Joe Grossman, Jason Reich, Melinda Taub and Eric Drysdale

Inside Amy Schumer, written by Michael Lawrence, Amy Schumer, Jessi Klein, Daniel Powell, Christine Nangle, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Tami Sagher, Kurt Metzger and Claudia O’Doherty

Key & Peele, written by Jay Martel, Alex Rubens, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Ian Roberts, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key

Portlandia, written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner and Karey Dornetto

Saturday Night Live, written by Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker (Head Writers), James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette and Julio Torres


WINNER:  Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping, written by Patton Oswalt

Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo, written by Amy Schumer

John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid, written by John Mulaney

Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, written by Tig Notaro

Triumph’s Election Special 2016, written by Robert Smigel, David Feldman, RJ Fried, Michael Koman, Brian Reich, Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, Raj Desai, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Lawrence, Craig Rowin, Zach Smilovitz, David Taylor and Andy Weinberg (additional material by Ray James, Jesse Joyce, Jason Reich and Alex Scordelis)

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees – and thank you, all!

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