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Fleabag claims the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series

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Fleabag sweeps the comedy categories

Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) casts a knowing glance back over her shoulder as she sits in a pew of a church, listening to a service. BBC

Fleabag has won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, snagging the title from some seasoned competitors. This was a tight year for comedy, with Veep, Barry and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel reprising their nominations and Fleabag, The Good Place, Russian Doll, and Schitt’s Creek all getting first nods. Fleabag, which returned this summer with a second season, had the momentum to unseat the rest.

The critically acclaimed series started as a one woman show in Edinburgh, written, directed, and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridges. The first season, a joint production between BBC and Amazon Studios, aired in 2016. Known for its distinct fourth-wall breaking and colorful cast, Fleabag centers on the titular character, a messy, dysfunctional woman living in London and her messy, dysfunctional family. The second season introduced Andrew Scott as The Priest.

Fleabag also won the awards this year for Best Actress (Phoebe Waller-Bridges as Fleabag), Best Writing (also Phoebe Waller-Bridges), and Best Directing (Harry Bradbeer), and also had two nominations in the Best Supporting Actress category for Sian Clifford and Olivia Coleman