‘Veep’ Continues Emmys Streak By Winning Best Comedy

Debra Birnbaum

Veep” won best comedy series at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

The HBO show triumphed over nominees ABC’s “Black-ish,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

“This should be an easy job because I get to work with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who just makes it easy,” said showrunner David Mandel, who accepted the award with the cast and crew. “This is for chubby Jews from the Upper Westside. Whoever you are, thank you.”

Mandel named Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David (“wherever the heck he is,” he joked) as the ones who taught him how to write comedy in his speech.

“Veep” was the winner in the category last year, ending “Modern Family’s” five-year-long winning streak. Had “Modern Family” won, it would have been its sixth win, breaking the all-time record for wins in the category. Right now, the show is tied with “Frasier” with five awards.

It’s not the only victory the political satire celebrated during Emmys night: star Louis-Dreyfus made history by winning her fifth consecutive Emmy for outstanding lead actress. She marked an emotional moment in the ceremony when she paid tribute to her father, who died on Friday.

“Master of None” and “Black-ish” were both first-time nominees in the category, replacing “Louie” and “Parks and Recreation” which were no longer eligible.

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