Comedy winners at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards

Congrats to Bo Burnham and the rest of this year’s WGA winners from the Writers Guild, announced Sunday night. Burnham jokingly pointed out in his acceptance speech that all the “losers” in his category would just have to go and have fun at next weekend’s Academy Awards without him.

Chelsea Peretti hosted on the west coast (the WGA hosts joint award ceremonies in both New York City and Los Angeles each year). Here’s her opening monologue!

Winners included:

  • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24
  • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight
  • COMEDY SERIES: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Written by Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman Palladino; Prime Video
  • NEW SERIES: Barry, Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani; HBO
  • ANIMATION: “Bart’s Not Dead” (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox
  • EPISODIC COMEDY: “Chapter One: ‘Make Your Mark’” (Barry), Written by Alec Berg & Bill Hader; HBO
  • COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; Writers: Tim Carvell, Raquel D’Apice, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Brian Parise, Owen Parsons, Ben Silva, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali, Juli Weiner; HBO 
  • COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES: Nathan For You, Writers: Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central
  • COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS: The Fake News with Ted Nelms, Written by John Aboud, Andrew Blitz, Michael Colton, Ed Helms, Elliott Kalan, Joseph Randazzo, Sara Schaefer; Comedy Central

See all the nominees and winners here!

Sean L. McCarthy

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