A year ago, we couldn't really celebrate our funny TV writers, because they were on strike, but this past Monday, no such strike, so we can celebrate once again. And here are your 2009 Writers Guild Award nominees in the comedy categories. Winners will be announced Feb. 7, 2009, simultaneously in ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

COMEDY SERIES

30 Rock, Written by Jack
Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew
Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner
; NBC

Entourage, Written by Doug Ellin, Jeremy Miller, Ally Musika, Steve Pink, Rob Weiss; HBO

The Office, Written by Steve
Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Farrell,
Brent Forrester, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh,
Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael
Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan
; NBC

The Simpsons, Written by J.
Stewart Burns, Daniel Chun, Joel H. Cohen, Kevin Curran, John Frink,
Tom Gammill, Stephanie Gillis, Dan Greaney, Reid Harrison, Al Jean,
Billy Kimball, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Bill Odenkirk, Carolyn
Omine, Don Payne, Michael Price, Max Pross, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully,
Matt Selman, Matt Warburton, Jeff Westbrook, Marc Wilmore, William
Wright
; Fox

Weeds, Written by Roberto
Benabib, Mark A. Burley, Ron Fitzgerald, David Holstein, Rolin Jones,
Brendan Kelly, Jenji Kohan, Victoria Morrow, Matthew Salsberg
; Showtime

EPISODIC COMEDY – any length – one airing time

“Believe in the Stars” (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC

“Cooter” (30 Rock), Written by Tina Fey; NBC

“Crime Aid” (The Office), Written by Charlie Grandy; NBC

“Crush’d” (Ugly Betty), Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; ABC

“Succession” (30 Rock), Written by Andrew Guest & John Riggi; NBC

“Vote for This and I Promise to Do Something Crazy at the Emmys” (My Name is Earl), Written by Greg Garcia; NBC

ANIMATION – any length – one airing time

“Apocalypse Cow” (The Simpsons), Written by Jeff Westbrook; Fox

“The Debarted” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox

“E Pluribus Wiggum” (The Simpsons), Written by Michael Price; Fox

“Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words” (The Simpsons), Written by Tim Long; Fox

“Life: A Loser’s Manual” (King of the Hill), Written by Dan McGrath; Fox

“Strangeness on a Train” (King of the Hill), Written by Jim Dauterive; Fox

COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES

Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Writers Mike
Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J.
Goor, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman,
Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Matt O'Brien, Robert
Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg
; NBC

Late Show with David Letterman, Head Writers Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Writers Michael
Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Steve Young, Tom Ruprecht, Lee Ellenberg, Matt
Roberts, Jeremy Weiner, Joe Grossman, Bill Scheft, Bob Borden, Frank
Sebastiano, David Letterman
; CBS

Real Time with Bill Maher, Writers Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Danny Vermont; HBO

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers Seth Meyers, Andrew Steele, Paula Pell, Writers Doug
Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey,
Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein,
John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon
Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Robert Smigel, John Solomon, Emily
Spivey, Andrew Steele, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker,
Additional Sketches by Robert Carlock
; NBC

The Colbert Report, Head Writers Allison Silverman, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Writers Michael
Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Groz, Peter
Gwinn, Barry Julien, Laura Krafft, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Meredith
Scardino
; Comedy Central

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Head Writer Steve Bodow, Writers Rory
Albanese, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell,
Wyatt Cenac, J.R. Havlan, DJ Javerbaum, Rob Kutner, Josh Lieb, Sam
Means, John Oliver, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart
; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Aaron Lee, Jennifer Celotta, Rainn Wilson; IFC/AMC

Jimmy Kimmel’s Big Night of Stars, Written by Jimmy
Kimmel, Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney, Bryan Paulk, Ned Rice, Jon
Bines, Will Burke, Rick Rosner, Jake Lentz, Sal Iacono, Tony Barbieri
; ABC