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February 07, 2009

'SNL' and Rainn Wilson get trophies

Sarah_silverman How about a little writers strike nostalgia from Sarah Silverman?

Why not?

"Last year at this time we were on strike and it sucked," she said before presenting a couple of WGA awards Saturday. "But looking back, it was kind of fun because we were all in it together."
And Silverman and the writers from her Comedy Central show had a battle plan -- 45 minutes of picketing, some "civil disobedience" in the form of firing up a joint, and then 45 more minutes of protest.

Good times!

And speaking of politics, which of course we were, the writers from "Saturday Night Live," who juiced the show this past season with a boatload of biting presidential election humor, snagged the award for comedy/variety series. (Among the competition were the also timely "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report" and "Real Time with Bill Maher").

And, much to Silverman's chagrin, her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel lost comedy/variety special to Rainn Wilson, who hosted last year's "Film Independent Spirit Awards" and couldn't help but point out how meta it was to win an award for an awards show at an award show.


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