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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” wins Emmy Awards for writing, acting, best comedy series of 2019

We knew critics loved Fleabag. We loved Fleabag. Now we know the Emmy Awards voters did, too, bestowing four Emmys this year to the British comedy series (broadcast in the States on Amazon Prime Video) and star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Fleabag won for Outstanding Comedy Series, besting Veep’s farewell; same went for Waller-Bridge beating out Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Waller-Bridge also took home the Emmy for comedy writing. Fleabag won for comedy directing, as well!

Amazon Prime Video also won awards again for its homegrown series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, in the outstanding supporting acting categories for Alex Borstein and Tony Shaloub. Maisel’s cast already had won in last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies for guest actor and actress, too.

Did anyone not associated with an Amazon comedy win this year? Of course. As the Emmys (and Grammys) tend to do, they rewarded repeat performances time and time again.

Other big winners in comedy at this year’s Emmys included:

  • Bill Hader, for outstanding actor in a comedy, for HBO’s Barry
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, for both writing for a variety series, and for variety talk series
  • Saturday Night Live for outstanding variety sketch series, as well as directing in a variety series (for the Adam Sandler episode)


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