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Steve O’Donnell to Receive Comedy Award From WGA East

3 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Veteran comedy writer Steve O’Donnell has been selected as the winner of the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence by the Writers Guild of America East.

The honor will be presented at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 19. Lewis Black is hosting.

Sargent served as president of the WGA East for 14 years and was a writer/producer at “Saturday Night Live” for more than 20 years. The guild’s award in his name is awarded to a writer who embodies the “spirit, commitment and comic genius” of Sargent, as well as his dedication to mentoring new writers. In the past, it has been presented to Judd Apatow, Gary David Goldberg, Norman Stiles, Lorne Michaels and James L. Brooks.

O’Donnell has been a WGA member since 1982 and has been nominated for 20 Emmys. He was first hired by Dave Letterman in 1982 and served as head writer on NBC’s “Late Night »

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