WGA Awards: Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to Receive Comedy Excellence Honor

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock attend the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Screening - Getty-H 2017
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The '30 Rock' and 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' team will be presented with the award at the East Coast edition of the ceremony.

The Writers Guild of America announced on Thursday (Dec. 14) that Tina Fey and Robert Carlock will be honored with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence at the East Coast edition of the 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony.

The award is presented to writers who embody the work ethic and comedic genius of the late Herb Sargent. The legendary writer and producer served as WGAE president for 14 years. He worked as a writer-producer on Saturday Night Live for more than 20 years.

"We are honored to accept the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence,” said Fey and Carlock in a statement. “This is particularly meaningful for us as Herb created 'Weekend Update,' which is where we first worked together in the late nineties. Like Herb, Tina grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. And, like Robert, Herb was a Caucasian male, which used to be cool."

Fey has been nominated for 17 Writers Guild Awards, including a best adapted screenplay nod for Mean Girls in 2005, while Carlock -- who worked with Fey on Saturday Night Live and also wrote for Friends, spinoff Joey and The Dana Carvey Show -- has received 11 WGA nominations throughout his career.

The pair served as co-showrunners on the Emmy-winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which also landed at No. 21 on the WGA list of the best-written TV series, and co-created Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, with Carlock winning a WGA Award for the season two episode "Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!"

“Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have been my mentors for the past ten years, ever since they hired me as a writers' assistant on 30 Rock. They are genius writers and taught me everything I know about how to make a television show,” said frequent collaborator Tracy Wigfield. “Now, ten years later, Tina and Robert are executive producers on my show Great News, which they helped me pitch and develop for NBC. I'm so lucky that the two of them took me under their wing. I feel like the drunk Irish guy who got to tag along with Wonder Woman and Chris Pine.”

The 2018 Writers Guild Awards ceremony will take place simultaneously in New York and L.A. on Feb. 11, with the NY ceremony to be held at Manhattan's Edison Ballroom. The NY ceremony will be hosted by Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and on-air personality Amber Ruffin.