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Master of None‘s Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang won the Emmy for best writing for a comedy series on Sunday night for the episode “Parents.”
Yang thanked the crowd and urged Asian parents to buy “cameras instead of violins” for their kids while Ansari, who co-created the Netflix series with Yang, was played offstage before he could express his gratitude.
Speaking backstage with reporters, Ansari revealed that the “Parents” episode was one of the first ideas he and Yang had for their Netflix comedy. “Alan told this story about his dad killing their pet chicken and then having to eat it for dinner,” Ansari recalled. “[We] marvel that his dad lived in hut and my dad lived in India and here we are, funny guys thinking of what to write for a TV show. It’s something we probably wouldn’t have done unless we were doing that episode. To hear that and write about it and have people connect with it was a pretty incredible experience.”
Added Yang: “My dad texted me [after the win] and I said thank you; I transcribed your story and they gave me an award for it!”
The show beat out Amazon’s Catastrophe, “Episode 1,” written by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan; HBO’s Silicon Valley, “Founder Friendly,” written by Dan O’Keefe; Silicon Valley, “The Uptick,” written by Alec Berg; HBO’s Veep, “Morning After,” written by David Mandel; and Veep, “Mother,” written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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