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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series debuted in 1957, and has been annually awarded most years since the mid-1960s. It has had a large number of name changes, mostly involving the addition or subtraction of the word comedy. Generally, the category has recognized the writers of variety and sketch comedy shows. However, in 1969, 1970 and 1979, it was the main category for writers of situation comedies. Prior to 1966, variety series were eligible in Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series where The Red Skelton Show and other variety programs were occasionally nominated.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Variety Series
Awarded for Outstanding Writing for Variety Special
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2016)
Website emmys.com

For most of the 1970s, the category was effectively split into two branches. From 1971 to 1978, one-off specials were awarded separately from ongoing series. The divide was reinstated in 2009 as Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. The writers of one-off variety specials competed against series writers in the interim, and occasionally won, as in 1991 and 2000. This has led to some anomalies, such as when a special edition of Late Night with David Letterman beat out regular editions of The Tracey Ullman Show and Saturday Night Live in 1987, despite the fact that typical episodes of Late Night were not nominated that year.

The category eventually found greater stability with its name in 1982, when it settled on Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program for almost two decades. In 2000, it added the word comedy. Of all the writing Emmy categories, it has recently become the one most dominated by cable networks. Since 1996 it has been won by a major terrestrial broadcaster only twice, with the overwhelming majority of winners coming from HBO and Comedy Central.

The following list of winners is organized both by year and the name being used by the category in that year:

Contents

Winners and nominationsEdit

1960sEdit

Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety

Year Program Episode Writers Network
1966
(18th)
An Evening with Carol Channing Hal Goldman, Al Gordon and Sheldon Keller CBS
The Danny Kaye Show Norman Barasch, Billie Barnes, Ernest Chambers, Ron Friedman, Paul Mazursky, Pat McCormick, Carrol Moore, Bernard Rothman and Larry Tucker CBS
The Julie Andrews Show Sam Denoff and Bill Persky NBC
1967
(19th)
The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special Mel Brooks, Sam Denoff, Bill Persky, Carl Reiner and Mel Tolkin CBS
The Dean Martin Show Harry Crane, Rich Eustis, Lee Hale, Paul Keyes and Al Rogers NBC
The Jackie Gleason Show Marvin Marx, Rod Parker and Walter Stone CBS
1968
(20th)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Chris Bearde, Phil Hahn, Jack Hanrahan, Coslough Johnson, Paul Keyes, Marc London, Allan Manings, David Panich, Hugh Wedlock Jr. and Digby Wolfe NBC
The Carol Burnett Show Bill Angelos, Stan Burns, Don Hinkley, Buz Kohan, Mike Marmer, Gail Parent, Arnie Rosen, Kenny Solms and Saul Turtletaub CBS
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In "Pilot" Larry Hovis, Paul Keyes, Jim Mulligan, David Panich, George Schlatter and Digby Wolfe NBC
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour "Ronnie Schell, Kate Smith and Simon & Garfunkel" Allan Blye, Bob Einstein, Carl Gottlieb, Cy Howard, Steve Martin, Lorenzo Music, Murray Roman, Cecil Tuck, Paul Wayne and Mason Williams CBS
1969
(21st)

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The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour "David Frye and Liberace" Allan Blye, Bob Einstein, Carl Gottlieb, Cy Howard, Steve Martin, Lorenzo Music, Murray Roman, Cecil Tuck, Paul Wayne and Mason Williams CBS
The Carol Burnett Show "Nanette Fabray, Mel Tormé and Don Rickles" Roger Beatty, Stan Hart, Don Hinkley, Arthur Julian, Woody Kling, Jack Mendelsohn, Gail Parent, Arnie Rosen, Larry Siegel and Kenny Solms CBS
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In "Don Rickles" Chris Bearde, Jim Carlson, David M. Cox, Phil Hahn, Jack Hanrahan, Coslough Johnson, Paul Keyes, Marc London, Allan Manings, Jack Mendelsohn, Lorne Michaels, James Mulligan, Hart Pomerantz, David Panich and Hugh Wedlock Jr. NBC

1970sEdit

Year Program Episode Writers Network
1970
(22nd)

[note 1]

Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man Gary Belkin, Peter Bellwood, Thomas Meehan, Herbert Sargent, and Judith Viorst CBS
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In "Buddy Hackett" Jim Carlson, John Carsey, Jack Douglas, Gene Farmer, Coslough Johnson, Paul Keyes, Jeremy Lloyd, Marc London, Allan Manings, Jim Mulligan, David Panich, John Rappaport and Stephen Spears NBC
"Nancy Sinatra" Jim Abell, Jim Carlson, John Carsey, Jack Douglas, Chet Dowling, Gene Farmer, Coslough Johnson, Jeremy Lloyd, Marc London, Allan Manings, Jim Mulligan, David Panich, John Rappaport, Stephen Spears and Barry Took
1971
(23rd)
[1]
The Flip Wilson Show "Lena Horne and Tony Randall" Herbert Baker, Hal Goodman, Larry Klein, Bob Schiller, Norman Steinberg, Bob Weiskopf and Flip Wilson NBC
The Carol Burnett Show "Rita Hayworth" Roger Beatty, Stan Hart, Don Hinkley, Arthur Julian, Woody Kling, Jack Mendelsohn, Gail Parent, Arnie Rosen, Larry Siegel and Kenny Solms CBS
Kraft Music Hall "The Kopykats Kopy TV" Norman Barasch, Bob Ellison, Marty Farrell, Coleman Jacoby, Carroll Moore, Danny Simon and Tony Webster NBC
1972
(24th)
[2]
The Carol Burnett Show "Ray Charles" Art Baer, Roger Beatty, Stan Burns, Stan Hart, Don Hinkley, Ben Joelson, Woody Kling, Mike Marmer, Arnie Rosen and Larry Siegel CBS
The Flip Wilson Show "Sammy Davis Jr., Lily Tomlin and Ed McMahon" Herbert Baker, Hal Goodman, Larry Klein, Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Flip Wilson, Dick Hills and Sid Green NBC
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour "Carroll O'Connor" Bob Arnott, Chris Bearde, Allan Blye, George Burditt, Bob Einstein, Phil Hahn, Coslough Johnson, Steve Martin and Paul Wayne CBS
1973
(25th)
[3]
The Carol Burnett Show "Steve Lawrence and Lily Tomlin" Bill Angelos, Roger Beatty, Stan Hart, Robert Hilliard, Woody Kling, Arnie Kogen, Buz Kohan, Gail Parent, Tom Patchett, Larry Siegel and Jay Tarses CBS
The Flip Wilson Show "Sammy Davis Jr., Ed Sullivan and Marilyn Michaels" Herbert Baker, Stan Burns, Peter Gallay, Don Hinkley, Mike Marmer, Paul McCauley, Flip Wilson, Dick Hills and Sid Green NBC
The Julie Andrews Hour "Eliza Doolittle and Mary Poppins" John Aylesworth, George Bloom, Jay Burton, Bob Ellison, Lila Garrett, Hal Goodman, Larry Klein and Frank Peppiatt ABC

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy – Variety or Music Series

Year Program Episode Writers Network
1974
(26th)
[4]
The Carol Burnett Show "Bernadette Peters" Roger Beatty, Gary Belkin, Dick Clair, Rudy De Luca, Barry Harman, Arnie Kogen, Barry Levinson, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, Bill Richmond and Ed Simmons CBS
The Carol Burnett Show "The Family Show" Bill Angelos, Roger Beatty, Stan Hart, Robert Hilliard, Woody Kling, Arnie Kogen, Buz Kohan, Gail Parent, Tom Patchett, Larry Siegel and Jay Tarses CBS
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour "Chuck Connors and Howard Cosell" Bob Arnott, Chris Bearde, Allan Blye, George Burditt, Bob Einstein, Phil Hahn, Coslough Johnson, Jim Mulligan and Paul Wayne
1975
(27th)
[5]
The Carol Burnett Show "Alan Alda" Roger Beatty, Gary Belkin, Dick Clair, Rudy De Luca, Arnie Kogen, Barry Levinson, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, Bill Richmond and Ed Simmons CBS
Cher "Raquel Welch, Tatum O'Neal and Wayne Rogers" Nick Arnold, John Boni, Allan Katz, David Panich, Ronny Pearlman, Iris Rainer, Don Reo, George Schlatter, Ray Taylor and Digby Wolfe CBS
1976
(28th)
[6]
Saturday Night Live "Elliott Gould" Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel NBC
The Carol Burnett Show "Jim Nabors" Roger Beatty, Gary Belkin, Dick Clair, Rudy De Luca, Ray Jessel, Arnie Kogen, Barry Levinson, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, Bill Richmond and Ed Simmons CBS
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour "Premiere" Bob Arnott, John Aylesworth, Jeanine Burnier, Stuart Gillard, Phil Hahn, Coslough Johnson, Frank Peppiatt, Iris Rainer and Ted Zeigler
1977
(29th)
[7]
Saturday Night Live "Sissy Spacek" Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel NBC
The Carol Burnett Show "Eydie Gormé" Roger Beatty, Dick Clair, Tim Conway, Elias Davis, Rick Hawkins, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, David Pollock, Bill Richmond, Liz Sage, Ed Simmons, Adele Styler and Burt Styler CBS
The Muppet Show "Paul Williams" Jack Burns, Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl and Marc London Syndicated
Saturday Night Live "Elliott Gould" Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel NBC
Van Dyke & Company "John Denver" Allan Blye, George Burditt, Bob Einstein, Garry Ferrier, Ken Finkleman, Mitch Markowitz, Tom McLoughlin, Don Novello, Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Mickey Rose, Aubrey Tadman, Dick Van Dyke and Paul Wayne
1978
(30th)
[8]
The Carol Burnett Show "Steve Martin and Betty White" Roger Beatty, Dick Clair, Tim Conway, Rick Hawkins, Robert Illes, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, Bill Richmond, Liz Sage, Larry Siegel, Franelle Silver, Ed Simmons and James Stein CBS
America 2Night "Carol Burnett" John Boni, Tom Dunsmuir, Robert Illes, Tom Moore, Harry Shearer, James Stein, Jeremy Stevens, Norman Stiles, Alan Thicke and Dan Wilcox Syndicated
The Carol Burnett Show "Ken Berry" Roger Beatty, Dick Clair, Tim Conway, Elias Davis, Rick Hawkins, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, David Pollock, Bill Richmond, Ed Simmons, Adele Styler and Burt Styler CBS
The Muppet Show "Dom DeLuise" Joseph Bailey, Jim Henson, Don Hinkley and Jerry Juhl Syndicated
Saturday Night Live "Steve Martin" Dan Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Don Novello, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel NBC
1979
(31st)

[note 1]

M*A*S*H "Inga" Alan Alda CBS
All in the Family "California, Here We Are, Part 2" Milt Josefsberg, Bob Schiller, Phil Sharp and Bob Weiskopf CBS
M*A*S*H "Point of View" David Isaacs and Ken Levine
Saturday Night Live "Richard Benjamin" Dan Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, James Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Brian McConnachie, Lorne Michaels, Don Novello, Herbert Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster, Walter Williams and Alan Zweibel NBC
Taxi "Blind Date" Michael Leeson ABC

1980sEdit

Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program

Year Program Episode Writers Network
1980
(32nd)
[9]
Shirley MacLaine... Every Little Moment Buz Kohan CBS
Carol Burnett & Company "Sally Field" Bob Arnott, Roger Beatty, Dick Clair, Tim Conway, Ann Elder, Arnie Kogen, Buz Kohan, Jenna McMahon and Kenny Solms ABC
Goldie and Liza Together Fred Ebb CBS
The Muppet Show "Alan Arkin" Jim Henson, Don Hinkley, Jerry Juhl and David Odell Syndicated
Saturday Night Live "Teri Garr" Peter Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Matt Neuman, Don Novello, Sarah Paley, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Harry Shearer, Rosie Shuster, Alan Zweibel, Tom Gammill and Max Pross NBC

Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program

Year Program Episode Writers Network
1981
(33rd)
[10]
The Muppet Show "Carol Burnett" Jerry Juhl, Chris Langham and David Odell Syndicated
The American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire Joseph McBride and George Stevens Jr. CBS
Lily: Sold Out Nancy Audley, Ann Elder, Irene Mecchi, Elaine Pope, Ziggy Steinberg, Rocco Urbisci, Jane Wagner and Rod Warren
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight II Sylvia Fine Kaye PBS
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson "18th Anniversary Show" Michael Barrie, Greg Fields, Hal Goodman, Larry Klein, Pat McCormick, Jim Mulholland, Kevin Mulholland, Gary Murphy, Raymond Siller and Robert Smith NBC

Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program

Year Program Episode Writers Network
1982
(34th)
[11]
SCTV Network "Moral Majority" Jeffrey Barron, Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Chris Cluess, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Stuart Kreisman, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Brian McConnachie, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Mert Rich, Michael Short, Doug Steckler and Dave Thomas NBC
I Love Liberty Richard Alfieri, Rita Mae Brown, Norman Lear, Rick Mitz and Arthur Allan Seidelman ABC
SCTV Network "SCTV Staff Christmas Party" Jeffrey Barron, Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Doug Steckler and Dave Thomas NBC
"I'm Taking My Own Head..." Jeffrey Barron, Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Mert Rich, Doug Steckler and Dave Thomas
"The Great White North Palace" Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Tom Couch, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eddie Gorodetsky, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Rick Moranis, Don Novello, Catherine O'Hara, Michael Short, Doug Steckler and Dave Thomas
1983
(35th)
[12]
SCTV Network "Sweeps Week" Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Martin Short, Michael Short, Doug Steckler and Mary Charlotte Wilcox NBC
SCTV Network "Christmas 1982" Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Michael Short, Doug Steckler and Mary Charlotte Wilcox NBC
"Jane Eyrehead" Jeffrey Barron, Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Martin Short, Michael Short, Doug Steckler, Dave Thomas and Mary Charlotte Wilcox
"Midnight Cowboy II" Jeffrey Barron, Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Martin Short, Michael Short, Doug Steckler and Mary Charlotte Wilcox
"Towering Inferno" Jeffrey Barron, Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Martin Short, Michael Short, Doug Steckler, Dave Thomas and Mary Charlotte Wilcox
1984
(36th)
[13]
Late Night with David Letterman "312" Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, Ted Greenberg, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Joe Toplyn, Matt Wickline and David Yazbek NBC
The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish Joseph McBride and George Stevens Jr. CBS
Late Night with David Letterman "285" Andy Breckman, Jim Downey, Sanford Frank, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, George Meyer, Gerard Mulligan and Steve O'Donnell NBC
"291" Jim Downey, Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, George Meyer, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Joe Toplyn, Matt Wickline, Tom Gammill and Max Pross
The 1984 Tony Awards Hildy Parks CBS
Saturday Night Live "Billy Crystal, Ed Koch, Edwin Newman, Don Novello and Betty Thomas" Jim Belushi, Andy Breckman, Robin Duke, Adam Green, Mary Gross, Nate Herman, Tim Kazurinsky, Kevin Kelton, Andrew Kurtzman, Michael McCarthy, Eddie Murphy, Pamela Norris, Margaret Oberman, Joe Piscopo, Herb Sargent, Andrew Smith, Bob Tischler and Eliot Wald NBC
The 6th Annual Kennedy Center Honors L.T. Ilehart, Marc London, Sara Lukinson and George Stevens Jr. CBS
1985
(37th)
[14]
Late Night with David Letterman "Christmas with the Lettermans" Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, Eddie Gorodetsky, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline NBC
The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly Jeffrey Lane and George Stevens Jr. CBS
Late Night with David Letterman "Late Night in Los Angeles" Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline NBC
"The Late Night Morning Show" Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline
Motown Returns to the Apollo Peter Elbling, Buz Kohan and Samm-Art Williams
1986
(38th)
[15]
Late Night with David Letterman "4th Anniversary Special" Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline NBC
The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder Jeffrey Lane and George Stevens Jr. NBC
The 1986 Tony Awards Hildy Parks CBS
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (Great Performances) Sylvia Fine Kaye PBS
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson "David Letterman, Maureen McGovern and Adela Rivera" Michael Barrie, Gary Belkin, Hal Goodman, Bob Keane, Larry Klein, Jim Mulholland, Kevin Mulholland, Raymond Siller, Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers NBC
1987
(39th)
[16]
Late Night with David Letterman "5th Anniversary Special" Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Adam Resnick, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline NBC
The 1987 Tony Awards Jeffrey Lane CBS
Saturday Night Live Andy Breckman, A. Whitney Brown, Jean E. Carroll, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Eddie Gorodetsky, Phil Hartman, George Meyer, Lorne Michaels, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Oberman, Herb Sargent, Marc Shaiman, Rosie Shuster, Robert Smigel, Bonnie and Terry Turner, Jon Vitti and Christine Zander NBC
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Michael Barrie, Gary Belkin, Hal Goodman, Bob Keane, Larry Klein, Jim Mulholland, Kevin Mulholland, Raymond Siller, Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers
The Tracey Ullman Show "The Lottery / Girl on a Ledge / Ambulance Pick Up" Jerry Belson, Dick Blasucci, James L. Brooks, Ken Estin, Paul Flaherty, Marc Flanagan, Kim Fuller, Matt Groening, Susan Herring, Heide Perlman and Sam Simon Fox
1988
(40th)
[17]
Jackie Mason on Broadway Jackie Mason HBO
Late Night with David Letterman "6th Anniversary Special" Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Fred Graver, Boyd Hale, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Adam Resnick, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline NBC
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: The 20th Reunion Bob Arnott and Mason Williams CBS
The Tracey Ullman Show. "Ginny Redux / Fear / Real Lace" Jerry Belson, Dick Blasucci, James L. Brooks, Ken Estin, Marc Flanagan, Matt Groening, Jay Kogen, Heide Perlman, Sam Simon, Tracey Ullman and Wallace Wolodarsky Fox
1989
(41st)
[18]
Saturday Night Live John Bowman, A. Whitney Brown, Greg Daniels, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Shannon Gaughan, Jack Handey, Phil Hartman, George Meyer, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Conan O'Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Robert Smigel, Bonnie and Terry Turner and Christine Zander NBC
Late Night with David Letterman "7th Anniversary Special" Rob Burnett, Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Fred Graver, Boyd Hale, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Adam Resnick, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline NBC
Not Necessarily the News Larry Arnstein, Steve Barker, David Hurwitz, Billy Kimball, Matt Neuman and Lane Sarasohn HBO
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Michael Barrie, Tony Desena, Hal Goodman, Bob Keane, Larry Klein, Jim Mulholland, Kevin Mulholland, Raymond Siller, Bob Smith, Patric Verrone, Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers NBC
The Tracey Ullman Show "5W76" Jerry Belson, Dick Blasucci, James L. Brooks, Ken Estin, Marc Flanagan, Matt Groening, Jay Kogen, Heide Perlman, Michael Sardo, Sam Simon, Tracey Ullman and Wallace Wolodarsky Fox

1990sEdit

Year Program Writers Network
1990
(42nd)
[19]
Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow Billy Crystal HBO
The Tracey Ullman Show Jay Kogen, James L. Brooks, Jerry Belson, Marc Flanagan, Dinah Kirgo, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Heide Perlman, Ian Praser, Sam Simon, Tracey Ullman and Wallace Wolodarsky Fox
In Living Color Sanford Frank Fox
Late Night with David Letterman Rob Burnett, Spike Feresten, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Maria Pope, Paul Simms and Steve Young NBC
Saturday Night Live A. Whitney Brown, Greg Daniels, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jack Handey, Tom Hymes, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Conan O'Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, David Spade, Bonnie and Terry Turner and Christine Zander NBC
1991
(43rd)
[20]
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Billy Crystal, Hal Kanter, Buz Kohan, David Steinberg, Bruce Vilanch and Robert Wuhl ABC
In Living Color Fax Bahr, Kim Bass, John Bowman, Greg Fields, Les Firestein, Becky Hartman Edwards, J. J. Paulsen, Buddy Sheffield, Adam Small, Steve Tompkins, Pam Veasey, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans Fox
Late Night with David Letterman Rob Burnett, Spike Feresten, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Maria Pope, Paul Simms and Steve Young NBC
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Jerry Juhl, Sara Lukinson and Bill Prady CBS
Saturday Night Live A. Whitney Brown, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jack Handey, Lorne Michaels, Conan O'Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Andrew Robin, Adam Sandler, Herb Sargent, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, David Spade, Bonnie and Terry Turner and Christine Zander NBC

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program

Year Program Writers Network
1992
(44th)
[21]
The 64th Annual Academy Awards Billy Crystal, Hal Kanter, Buz Kohan, Marc Shaiman, David Steinberg, Bruce Vilanch and Robert Wuhl ABC
In Living Color Fax Bahr, John Bowman, Harry Dunn, Greg Fields, Les Firestein, Fred Graver, Becky Hartman Edwards, Michelle Jones, Buddy Sheffield, Adam Small, Michael Anthony Snowden, Steve Tompkins, Pam Veasey, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Larry Wilmore and Marc Wilmore Fox
Late Night with David Letterman Rob Burnett, Jill Davis, Spike Feresten, Joe Furey, Larry Jacobson, Ken Keeler, David Letterman, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Maria Pope, Adam Resnick, Bill Scheft, Paul Simms and Steve Young NBC
Saturday Night Live Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jack Handey, Warren Hutcherson, Steve Koren, Dan McGrath, Lorne Michaels, Adam Sandler, Herb Sargent, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, Bonnie and Terry Turner and Christine Zander
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Michael Barrie, Tony Desena, Tom Finnigan, Bob Keane, Jim Mulholland, Bob Smith, Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers
1993
(45th)
[22]
The Ben Stiller Show Judd Apatow, Robert Cohen, David Cross, Brent Forrester, Jeff Kahn, Bruce Kirschbaum, Bob Odenkirk, Sultan Pepper, Dino Stamatopoulos and Ben Stiller Fox
The Kids in the Hall Paul Bellini, Dave Foley, Brian Hartt, Norm Hiscock, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson HBO
Late Night with David Letterman Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett, Donick Cary, Jill Davis, Spike Feresten, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Brian Reich, Bill Scheft and Steve Young NBC
Rick Reynolds: Only the Truth Is Funny Rick Reynolds Showtime
Saturday Night Live Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jack Handey, Bruce Handy, Warren Hutcherson, Steve Koren, David Mandel, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Tim Meadows, Lorne Michaels, Vanessa Middleton, Adam Sandler, Herb Sargent, Robert Smigel, David Spade, Bonnie and Terry Turner and Christine Zander NBC
1994
(46th)
[23]
Dennis Miller Live Jeff Cesario, Mike Dugan, Eddie Feldmann, Gregory Greenberg, Dennis Miller and Kevin Rooney HBO
The Kids in the Hall Paul Bellini, Garry Campbell, Diane Flacks, Dave Foley, Brian Hartt, Norm Hiscock, Andy Jones, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson CBS
Late Show with David Letterman Nick Arnold, Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett, Donick Cary, Jill Davis, Spike Feresten, Dave Hanson, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Bill Scheft, Jeff Stilson and Steve Young
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Trace Beaulieu, Paul Chaplin, Frank Conniff, Bridget Jones, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, David Sussman and Colleen Williams Comedy Central
Tracey Ullman Takes on New York Dick Clement, Marc Flanagan, Ian La Frenais, Stephen Nathan and Tony Sheehan HBO
1995
(48th)
[24]
Dennis Miller Live Jeff Cesario, Ed Driscoll, David Feldman, Eddie Feldmann, Gregory Greenberg, Dennis Miller and Kevin Rooney HBO
The Kids in the Hall Paul Bellini, Garry Campbell, Diane Flacks, Dave Foley, Brian Hartt, Norm Hiscock, Andy Jones, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson CBS
Late Show with David Letterman: Video Special Michael Barrie, Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett, Donick Cary, Jill Davis, Spike Feresten, Dave Hanson, Larry Jacobson, Chris Kelly, David Letterman, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Bill Scheft, Jeff Stilson and Steve Young
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Trace Beaulieu, Paul Chaplin, Frank Conniff, Mike Dodge, Bridget Jones, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl and Colleen Williams Comedy Central
Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher Scott Carter, Christopher Case Erbland, Hayes Jackson, Tim Long and Eric Weinberg
1996
(48th)
[25]
Dennis Miller Live David Feldman, Eddie Feldmann, Mike Gandolfi, Tom Hertz, Leah Krinsky, Dennis Miller and Rick Overton HBO
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Tom Agna, Chris Albers, Tommy Blacha, Greg Cohen, Janine Ditullio, Ned Goldreyer, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Groff, Brian Kiley, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Brian Reich, Andy Richter, Dino Stamatopoulos and Mike Sweeney NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Michael Barrie, Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett, Donick Cary, Jill Davis, Davey DiGiorgio, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Tim Long, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Rodney Rothman, Bill Scheft, Stephen Sherrill, Joe Toplyn, Rob Young and Steve Young CBS
Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher Chris Albers, Scott Carter, Christopher Case Erbland, Jon Hotchkiss, Hayes Jackson, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin and Eric Weinberg Comedy Central
Tracey Takes On... Jerry Belson, Dick Clement, Kim Fuller, Jenji Kohan, Ian La Frenais, Molly Newman, Gail Parent, Tony Sheehan, Tracey Ullman and Allen J. Zipper HBO

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program

Year Program Writers Network
1997
(49th)
[26]
Chris Rock: Bring the Pain Chris Rock HBO
Dennis Miller Live David Feldman, Eddie Feldmann, Jim Hanna, Tom Hertz, Leah Krinsky, Dennis Miller and Rick Overton HBO
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Tom Agna, Chris Albers, Ellie Barancik, Tommy Blacha, Greg Cohen, Janine Ditullio, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Groff, Brian Kiley, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Brian Reich, Andy Richter, Robert Smigel and Mike Sweeney NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Michael Barrie, Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett, Alex Gregory, Matt Harrigan, Peter Huyck, Eric Kaplan, David Letterman, Tim Long, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Rodney Rothman, Bill Scheft, Joe Toplyn and Steve Young CBS
Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher Franklyn Ajaye, Scott Carter, Christopher Case Erbland, Al Franken, Jon Hotchkiss, Arianna Huffington, Hayes Jackson, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Bill Kelley, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Ned Rice, Chris Rock, Geoff Rodkey, Michael Rotman, Jeff Stilson, Danny Vermont and Eric Weinberg ABC
Tracey Takes On... Jerry Belson, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Robert Klane, Jenji Kohan, Molly Newman, Gail Parent, Tracey Ullman and Allen J. Zipper HBO
1998
(50th)
[27]
Dennis Miller Live Jose Arroyo, David Feldman, Eddie Feldmann, Jim Hanna, Leah Krinsky, Dennis Miller and David Weiss HBO
The Chris Rock Show Louis C.K., Lance Crouther, Gregory Greenberg, Jon Hayman, Paul Kozlowski, Ali LeRoi, Steve O'Donnell, Chris Rock, Chuck Sklar, Jeff Stilson and Wanda Sykes HBO
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Chris Albers, Ellie Barancik, Tommy Blacha, Greg Cohen, Janine Ditullio, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Groff, Brian Kiley, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Brian Reich, Andy Richter, Brian Stack and Mike Sweeney NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Gabe Abelson, Michael Barrie, Carter Bays, Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett, Will Forte, Eric Kaplan, David Letterman, Tim Long, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Rodney Rothman, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Craig Thomas, Joe Toplyn and Steve Young CBS
Mr. Show with Bob and David David Cross, Jay Johnston, Bob Odenkirk, Bill Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Dino Stamatopoulos, Michael Stoyanov, Paul F. Tompkins and Mike Upchurch HBO
1999
(51st)
[28]
The Chris Rock Show Tom Agna, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K., Lance Crouther, Gregory Greenberg, Ali LeRoi, Steve O'Donnell, Chris Rock, Frank Sebastiano, Chuck Sklar, Jeff Stilson, Wanda Sykes and Mike Upchurch HBO
Dennis Miller Live Jose Arroyo, David Feldman, Eddie Feldmann, Jim Hanna, Leah Krinsky, Dennis Miller and David Weiss HBO
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Chris Albers, Ellie Barancik, Tommy Blacha, Janine Ditullio, Jon Glaser, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Groff, Brian Kiley, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Brian Stack and Mike Sweeney NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Gabe Abelson, Michael Barrie, Carter Bays, Jon Beckerman, Jeff Boggs, Rob Burnett, Chris Harris, David Javerbaum, David Letterman, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Rodney Rothman, Tom Ruprecht, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Craig Thomas, Joe Toplyn and Steve Young CBS
Mr. Show with Bob and David Scott Aukerman, Jerry Collins, David Cross, Jay Johnston, Bob Odenkirk, Bill Odenkirk, B. J. Porter, Brian Posehn and Dino Stamatopoulos HBO

2000sEdit

Year Program Writers Network
2000
(52nd)
[29]
Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill Eddie Izzard HBO
Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker Chris Rock HBO
The Chris Rock Show Tom Agna, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K., Lance Crouther, Nick Di Paolo, Ali LeRoi, Steve O'Donnell, Chris Rock, Chuck Sklar, Jeff Stilson, Halsted Sullivan, Wanda Sykes and Mike Upchurch
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Chris Albers, Ellie Barancik, Andy Blitz, Louis C.K., Janine Ditullio, Jon Glaser, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Groff, Roy Jenkins, Brian Kiley, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack and Mike Sweeney NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Gabe Abelson, Michael Barrie, Carter Bays, Rob Burnett, Chris Harris, David Letterman, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Rodney Rothman, Tom Ruprecht, Bill Scheft, Beth Sherman, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Craig Thomas, Joe Toplyn and Steve Young CBS
2001
(53rd)
[30]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Eric Drysdale, Jim Earl, Daniel J. Goor, Charlie Grandy, J. R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mecurio, Chris Regan, Allison Silverman and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
The Chris Rock Show Tom Agna, Lance Crouther, Nick Di Paolo, Daniel Dratch, Ali LeRoi, John Marshall, Steve O'Donnell, Chris Rock, Frank Sebastiano, Jeff Stilson, Wanda Sykes, Bryan Tucker and Mike Upchurch HBO
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Chris Albers, Ellie Barancik, Andy Blitz, Janine Ditullio, Kevin Dorff, Jon Glaser, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Groff, Roy Jenkins, Brian Kiley, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Gabe Abelson, Michael Barrie, Carter Bays, Lee Ellenberg, Chris Harris, David Letterman, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Tom Ruprecht, Bill Scheft, Craig Thomas, Joe Toplyn and Steve Young CBS
Saturday Night Live James Anderson, Robert Carlock, Jerry Collins, Tony Daro, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Hugh Fink, Melanie Graham, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Adam McKay, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Jerry Minor, Matt Murray, Paula Pell, Matt Piedmont, Jon Rosenfeld, Michael Schur, T. Sean Shannon, Robert Smigel, Barry Sobel, Andrew Steele and Scott Wainio NBC
2002
(54th)
[31]
Saturday Night Live Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Max Brooks, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Hugh Fink, Charlie Grandy, Jack Handey, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Matt Murray, Paula Pell, Matt Piedmont, Ken Scarborough, Michael Schur, Frank Sebastiano, T. Sean Shannon, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele and Scott Wainio NBC
America: A Tribute to Heroes Eli Attie, Bill Clark, Chris Connelly, Terry Edmonds, Tom Fontana, Marshall Herskovitz, David Leaf, Ann Lewis, Peggy Noonan, Eugene Pack, Philip Rosenthal, Bob Shrum, David Wild and Edward Zwick Syndicated
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Aaron Bergeron, Jonathan Bines, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, David Javerbaum, Tom Johnson, Ben Karlin, Paul Mecurio, Chris Regan, Jason Reich and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Chris Albers, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Jon Glaser, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Andrew Secunda, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Gabe Abelson, Michael Barrie, Carter Bays, Lee Ellenberg, Jason Gelles, Jonathan Green, Chris Harris, Mike Haukom, David Letterman, Gabe Miller, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Tom Ruprecht, Bill Scheft, Craig Thomas, Joe Toplyn and Steve Young CBS
2003
(55th)
[32]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Tom Johnson, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Jon Glaser, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Andrew Secunda, Allison Silverman, Frank Smiley, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Michael Barrie, Lee Ellenberg, Jonathan Green, Steve Hely, Jim Kramer, David Letterman, Gabe Miller, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Matt Roberts, Tom Ruprecht, Bill Scheft and Steve Young CBS
Robin Williams: Live on Broadway Robin Williams HBO
Saturday Night Live Doug Abeles, Leo Allen, James Anderson, Max Brooks, Jim Downey, James Eagan, Tina Fey, Al Franken, Kristin Gore, Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Corwin Moore, Matt Murray, Paula Pell, Ken Scarborough, Michael Schur, Frank Sebastiano, T. Sean Shannon, Eric Slovin, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele and Scott Wainio NBC
2004
(56th)
[33]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Chappelle's Show Neal Brennan and Dave Chappelle Comedy Central
Chris Rock: Never Scared Chris Rock HBO
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Demetri Martin, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Michael Barrie, Lee Ellenberg, Jonathan Green, Joe Grossman, David Letterman, Gabe Miller, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Matt Roberts, Tom Ruprecht, Bill Scheft, Jeremy Weiner and Steve Young CBS
2005
(57th)
[34]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Da Ali G Show James Bobin, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rich Dahm, Jamie Glassman, Evan Goldberg, Ant Hines, Dan Mazer, Seth Rogen and Jeff Stilson HBO
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Frank Smiley, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Michael Barrie, Lee Ellenberg, Matthew Flanagan, Joe Grossman, David Letterman, David McHugh, Jim Mulholland, Gerard Mulligan, Matt Roberts, Tom Ruprecht, Frank Sebastiano, Jeremy Weiner and Steve Young CBS
Real Time with Bill Maher Scott Carter, David Feldman, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Ned Rice and Danny Vermont HBO
2006
(58th)
[35]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Tim Carvell, Stephen Colbert, Eric Drysdale, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Sam Means, Chris Regan, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
The Colbert Report Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Frank Lesser and Allison Silverman Comedy Central
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Tim Harrod, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Michael Barrie, Lee Ellenberg, Joe Grossman, David Letterman, Jim Mulholland, Matt Roberts, Tom Ruprecht, Sam Saltz, Meredith Scardino, Bill Scheft, Frank Sebastiano, Jeremy Weiner and Steve Young CBS
Real Time with Bill Maher Ross Abrash, Scott Carter, David Feldman, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin and Danny Vermont HBO
2007
(59th)
[36]
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Tim Harrod, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg NBC
The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Eric Drysdale, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft and Frank Lesser Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Steve Bodow, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Ben Karlin, Rob Kutner, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jason Reich, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Steve Young, Tom Ruprecht, Lee Ellenberg, Matt Roberts, Jeremy Weiner, Joe Grossman, Meredith Scardino, Bill Scheft, Aaron Blitzstein, Bob Borden, Frank Sebastiano and David Letterman CBS
Real Time with Bill Maher David Feldman, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Jonathan Schmock, Danny Vermont and Scott Carter HBO
2008
(60th)
[37]
The Colbert Report Tom Purcell, Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Eric Drysdale, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Bryan Adams, Barry Julien and Meredith Scardino Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Steve Bodow, Rory Albanese, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, J. R. Havlan, Scott Jacobson, David Javerbaum, Rob Kutner, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, John Oliver, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 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, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Jim Mulholland, Michael Barrie, Steve Young, Tom Ruprecht, Lee Ellenberg, Matt Roberts, Jeremy Weiner, Joe Grossman, Bill Scheft, Bob Borden, Frank Sebastiano and David Letterman CBS
Saturday Night Live Seth Meyers, Andrew Steele, Paula Pell, Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jim Downey, Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Robert Smigel, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker, Robert Carlock and Lauren Pomerantz NBC

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series

Year Program Writers Network
2009
(61st)
[38]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Steve Bodow, David Javerbaum, Josh Lieb, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Jason Ross, Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Sam Means, Rob Kutner, J. R. Havlan, Rich Blomquist, Wyatt Cenac, Elliott Kalan, Rachel Axler and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
The Colbert Report Tom Purcell, Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Barry Julien and Meredith Scardino Comedy Central
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Andres du Bouchet, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Matt O'Brien, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg NBC
Late Show with David Letterman Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Steve Young, Tom Ruprecht, Lee Ellenberg, Matt Roberts, Jeremy Weiner, Joe Grossman, Bill Scheft, Bob Borden, Frank Sebastiano and David Letterman CBS
Saturday Night Live Seth Meyers, Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, Jim Downey, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone and Bryan Tucker NBC

2010sEdit

Year Program Writers Network
2010
(62nd)
[39]
The Colbert Report Barry Julien, Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner and Eric Drysdale Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Steve Bodow, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, J. R. Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Real Time with Bill Maher Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Jonathan Schmock, Danny Vermont and Scott Carter HBO
Saturday Night Live Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jillian Bell, Hannibal Buress, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Michael Patrick O'Brien, Paula Pell, Ryan Perez, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone and Bryan Tucker NBC
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Mike Sweeney, Conan O'Brien, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Deon Cole, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Andres du Bouchet, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Matt O'Brien, Andy Richter, Brian Stack and Andrew Weinberg
2011
(63rd)
[40]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, J. R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
The Colbert Report Barry Julien, Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Scott Sherman, Dan Guterman and Paul Dinello Comedy Central
Conan Mike Sweeney, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Frank Smiley, Jose Arroyo, Andres du Bouchet, Deon Cole, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Matt O'Brien and Brian Stack TBS
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon A. D. Miles, David Angelo, Patrick Borelli, Michael Blieden, Gerard Bradford, Jeremy Bronson, Michael Dicenzo, Jimmy Fallon, Eric Ledgin, Morgan Murphy, Robert Patton, Gavin Purcell, Amy Ozols, Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, Justin Shanes, Michael Shoemaker, Jon Rineman and Bobby Tisdale NBC
Saturday Night Live Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Heather Anne Campbell, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Tom Flanigan, Shelly Gossman, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Michael Patrick O'Brien, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Schneider, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone and Bryan Tucker

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Year Program Writers Network
2012
(64th)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tim Carvell, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
The Colbert Report Barry Julien, Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Scott Sherman, Dan Guterman and Paul Dinello Comedy Central
Portlandia Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel and Karey Dornetto IFC
Real Time with Bill Maher Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Mike Larsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin and Scott Carter HBO
Saturday Night Live James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Shelly Gossman, Steve Higgins, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Michael Patrick O'Brien, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker and Emily Spivey NBC
2013
(65th)
The Colbert Report Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Rob Dubbin, Eric Drysdale, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Bobby Mort, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino and Max Werner Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Lauren Sarver and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gary Greenberg, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Josh Halloway, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Bryan Paulk, Danny Ricker and Rick Rosner ABC
Portlandia Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel and Bill Oakley IFC
Real Time with Bill Maher Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin and Danny Vermont HBO
Saturday Night Live James Anderson, Alex Baze, Neil Casey, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Joe Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Mike O'Brien, Josh Patten, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Robert Smigel, John Solomon, Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker NBC
2014
(66th)
The Colbert Report Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Sam Kim, Matt Lappin, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino and Max Werner Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rory Albanese, Dan Amira, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Matt Koff, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver and Jon Stewart Comedy Central
Inside Amy Schumer Emily Altman, Jeremy Beiler, Neil Casey, Kyle Dunnigan, Jessi Klein, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle and Amy Schumer
Key & Peele Rebbeca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Jordan Peele, Ian Roberts, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders and Rich Talarico
Portlandia Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel and Graham Wagner IFC
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Patrick Borelli, Gerard Bradford, Luke Cunningham, Mike DiCenzo, Mike Drucker, Jess Dweck, Dicky Eagan, Jimmy Fallon, John Haskel, Michael Jann, Josh Lieb, Arthur Meyer, A.D. Miles, Chase Mitchell, Dan Opsal, Gavin Purcell, Jon Rineman, Albertina Rizzo, Jason Ross and David Young NBC
2015
(67th)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Dan Amira, Steve Bodow, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, Elliott Kalan, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parsons, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart and Delaney Yeager Comedy Central
The Colbert Report Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell and Max Werner Comedy Central
Inside Amy Schumer Hallie Cantor, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Tami Sagher and Amy Schumer
Key & Peele Rebbeca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Jordan Peele, Ian Roberts, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders and Rich Talarico
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss and Juli Weiner HBO
2016
(68th)
[41]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss and Juli Weiner HBO
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Joe Grossman, Jo Miller, Jason Reich and Melinda Taub TBS
Inside Amy Schumer Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jessi Klein, Michael Lawrence, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Claudia O'Doherty, Daniel Powell, Tami Sagher and Amy Schumer Comedy Central
Key & Peele Rebbeca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Jordan Peele, Ian Roberts, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders and Rich Talarico
Portlandia Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner and Karey Dornetto IFC
Saturday Night Live James Anderson, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, 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, Julio Torres and Bryan Tucker NBC
2017
(69th)
[42]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Joe Grossman, Miles Kahn, Jo Miller, Jason Reich and Melinda Taub TBS
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss and Juli Weiner HBO
Late Night with Seth Meyers Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Sal Gentile, Matt Goldich, Dina Gusovky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Seth Reiss, Amber Ruffin, Mike Scollins, Mike Shoemaker and Ben Warheit NBC
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert, Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Michael Pielocik, Tom Purcell, Kate Sidley, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack and John Thibodeaux CBS
Saturday Night Live James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres and Bryan Tucker NBC

Programs with multiple winsEdit

Programs with multiple nominationsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Though this category is the dominant one in which variety writing has been recognized, there were a few years in which variety series writers competed directly with writers of sitcoms.

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