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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Variety Special is awarded to one television special each year. In the 1960s and between 1979 and 2008, specials competed alongside nominees for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Variety Special
Awarded forOutstanding Writing for Variety Special
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held byJohn Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018)
Websiteemmys.com

In the following list, the first titles listed in gold are the winners; those not in gold are nominees, which are listed in alphabetical order. The years given are those in which the ceremonies took place:

Contents

Winners and nominationsEdit

1970sEdit

Year Program Nominees Network
1971
[1]
Singer Presents Burt Bacharach Bob Ellison and Marty Farrell CBS
The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special Alex Barris, Gary Belkin, Ernest Chambers and Saul Ilson CBS
Timex Presents Jack Benny's 20th Anniversary Special Hal Goldman, Al Gordon, Hilliard Marks and Hugh Wedlock NBC
1972
[2]
The Trial of Mary Lincoln Anne Howard Bailey PBS
Jack Lemmon in 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin Martin Charnin NBC
Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center Bob Ellison, Marty Farrell, Ken Welch and Mitzi Welch CBS
1973
[3]
Acts of Love and Other Comedies Joseph Bologna and Renée Taylor ABC
Liza with a Z Fred Ebb NBC
The Lily Tomlin Show Ann Elder, Karyl Geld, Allan Manings, Richard Pryor, John Rappaport, Jim Rusk, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Rod Warren and George Yanok CBS
1974
[4]
Lily Rosalyn Drexler, Ann Elder, Karyl Geld, Robert Illes, Lorne Michaels, Richard Pryor, Jim Rusk, Herb Sargent, James Stein, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Rod Warren and George Yanok ABC
Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments Larry Gelbart, Ken Welch and Mitzi Welch CBS
Paradise Joseph Bologna and Renée Taylor
1975
[5]
Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now John Bradford, Cy Coleman and Robert Wells CBS
Lily Sybil Adelman, Gloria Banta, Stuart Birnbaum, Barbara Gallagher, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Pat Nardo, Matt Neuman, Earl Pomerantz, Rosie Ruthchild, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner ABC
1976
[6]
Lily Tomlin Ann Elder, Christopher Guest, Lorne Michaels, Earl Pomerantz, Jim Rusk, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Rod Warren and George Yanok ABC
Gypsy in My Soul Fred Ebb CBS
Mitzi...Roarin' in the 20's Jerry Mayer
Van Dyke and Company Allan Blye, George Burditt, Bob Einstein, Robert Illes, Steve Martin, Jack Mendelsohn, Rick Mittleman, James Stein and Dick Van Dyke NBC
1977
[7]
America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music Buz Kohan and Ted Strauss CBS
The Barry Manilow Special Steve Binder, Don Clark, Susan Clark, Barry Manilow, Ronny Pearlman, Alan Thicke and Bruce Vilanch ABC
An Evening with Diana Ross Bill Dyer and Ntozake Shange NBC
John Denver and Friend George Schlatter and Digby Wolfe ABC
Sills and Burnett at the Met Gail Parent, Kenny Solms, Ken Welch and Mitzi Welch CBS
1978
[8]
The Paul Simon Special Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Charles Grodin, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, Lily Tomlin and Alan Zweibel NBC
Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back Jerry Blatt, Tom Eyen, Buz Kohan, Pat McCormick, Bette Midler, Bruce Vilanch and Rod Warren NBC
The George Burns One-Man Show Fred Fox, Seaman Jacobs and Elon Packard CBS
The Second Barry Manilow Special Ernest Chambers and Barry Manilow ABC
The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots Michael H. Kagan

2000sEdit

Year Program Nominees Network
2009
[9]
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger Chris Rock HBO
Louis C.K.: Chewed Up Louis C.K. Showtime
The 81st Annual Academy Awards Jon Macks, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon, John Hoffman, Phil Alden Robinson, Bruce Vilanch, Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Ben Schwartz and Joel Stein ABC
Ricky Gervais: Out of England – The Stand-Up Special Ricky Gervais HBO
You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush Will Ferrell

2010sEdit

Year Program Nominees Network
2010
[10]
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg CBS
Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong Bill Maher HBO
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards Jon Macks, Bruce Vilanch, Steve Martin, Beth Armogida, Dave Barry, David Feldman, Carol Leifer, Jeffrey Richman, Marc Shaiman, Colleen Werthmann and Scott Wittman ABC
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr., Michael Stevens, Sara Lukinson and Lewis Friedman CBS
Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me Wanda Sykes HBO
2011
[11]
The 64th Annual Tony Awards Dave Boone, Matt Roberts and Mo Rocca CBS
Colin Quinn: Long Story Short Colin Quinn HBO
Louis C.K.: Hilarious Louis C.K. Epix
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education Eric Slovin, Russ Armstrong, Andy Blitz, R. J. Fried, Brian Huskey, Anthony King, Dan Mintz, Jason Reich, Craig Rowin, Andrew Secunda, Robert Smigel, Anthony Jeselnik and Adam Moerder Comedy Central
The Women of SNL Paula Pell, Seth Meyers, Emily Spivey and John Solomon NBC
2012
[12]
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theatre Louis C.K. FX
The 84th Annual Academy Awards Jon Macks, Dave Boone, Carol Leifer, Tim Carvell, Jeff Cesario, Billy Crystal, Ed Driscoll, Billy Martin, Ben Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, David Steinberg, Mason Steinberg and Colleen Werthmann ABC
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Jon Macks, Steve Ridgeway, Mason Steinberg and Brad Lachman NBC
The Kennedy Center Honors George Stevens Jr., Michael Stevens, Sara Lukinson and Lewis Friedman CBS
The 65th Annual Tony Awards Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg
2013
[13]
Louis C.K.: Oh My God Louis C.K. HBO
Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs Eric Slovin, Doug Abeles, Ethan T. Berlin, Luke Cunningham, R.J. Fried, Dan Klein, Eric Ledgin, Doug Lieblich, Dan Mirk, Craig Rowin and Robert Smigel Comedy Central
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (Part One) Seth Meyers, Colin Jost, James Anderson, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Joe Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Michael Patrick O'Brien, Josh Patten, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Frank Sebastiano, John Solomon, Kent Sublette and Alex Baze NBC
The 66th Annual Tony Awards Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg CBS
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Barry Adelman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jon Macks, Dave Boone, Alex Baze, Robert Carlock, Seth Meyers and Mike Scully NBC
2014
[14]
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles Sarah Silverman HBO
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America Ken Elrich and David Wild CBS
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays Billy Crystal HBO
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Barry Adelman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jon Macks, Dave Boone, Alex Baze, Robert Carlock, Sam Means, Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker NBC
The 67th Annual Tony Awards Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg CBS
2015
[15]
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store Louis C.K. LouisCK.net
The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Barry Adelman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jon Macks, Dave Boone, Alex Baze, Robert Carlock, Eric Gurian, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Meredith Scardino and Michael Shoemaker NBC
Key & Peele Super Bowl Special Brendan Hunt, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Rich Talarico Comedy Central
Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen Mel Brooks HBO
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Steve Higgins, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Jeff Richmond, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Tom Schiller, Sarah Schneider, Marc Shaiman, Michael Shoemaker, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone and Bryan Tucker NBC
2016
[16]
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping Patton Oswalt Netflix
Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo Amy Schumer HBO
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid John Mulaney Netflix
Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted Tig Notaro HBO
Triumph's Election Special 2016 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 Hulu
2017
[17]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner Samantha Bee, Jo Miller, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Joe Grossman, Miles Kahn and Melinda Taub TBS
Louis C.K. 2017 Louis C.K. Netflix
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust Sarah Silverman
Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? Jay Katsir, Opus Moreschi, Stephen Colbert, Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Rob Dubbin, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Michael Pielocik, Tom Purcell, Kate Sidley, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack and John Thibodeaux Showtime
The 70th Annual Tony Awards Dave Boone, Mike Gibbons, Lauren Greenberg, Ian Karmel, Ben Winston, Justin Shanes and James Corden CBS
2018
[18]
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City John Mulaney Netflix
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It's Complicated) Melinda Taub, Samantha Bee, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Miles Kahn, Nicole Silverberg, Ashley Nicole Black, Joe Grossman, Sean Crespo, Razan Ghalayini, Tyler Hall, Allana Harkin, Paul Myers, Halcyon Person and Mike Rubens TBS
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady Michelle Wolf HBO
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Patton Oswalt Netflix
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life Steve Martin and Martin Short
2019
[19]
Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh Adam Sandler Netflix
Amy Schumer Growing Amy Schumer
Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool Matt Roberts, James Corden, Rob Crabbe, Lawrence Dai, Dicky Eagan, Nate Fernald, Lauren Greenberg, John Kennedy, Ian Karmel, James Longman, Jared Moskowitz, Sean O'Connor, Tim Siedell, Benjamin Stout, Louis Waymouth and Ben Winston CBS
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette Hannah Gadsby Netflix
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal Wanda Sykes

Individuals with multiple awardsEdit

Totals include individuals wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

Individuals with multiple nominationsEdit

Totals are for individuals nominated since 2009.

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