Getty Images for IMDb Paul Simms , the writer behind ”Late Night With David Letterman” and the first three seasons of HBO's “The Larry Sanders Show,” will receive the Herb for Comedy Excellence in recognition of his decades-long commitment to creating transformative content and mentoring budding screenwriters. “Atlanta” creator Donald Glover is presenting the award to Simms at the 75th Annual Writers Awards on March 5. The ceremony will be held at New York City's Edison Ballroom. “I'm deeply honored to receive the Herb Sargent Award and truly grateful to the writers I've worked with over the years,” Simms said. “Without their input, I'm not even capable of coming up with a funny quote, and I look forward to their assessments of all the various ways this quote you're reading right now missed the mark and could have been better.” The award is annually presented to a writer who embodies the spirit of the late Herb Sargent, former president of the Writers Guild of America , East (WGAE). Sargent remained a fixture at WGAE for 14 years in addition to serving as a writer and producer on “Saturday Night Live.” Previous recipients include Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. Simms has similarly concreted his status in the television space since joining the Guild in 1990, with credits on the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Girls,” “Divorce” and “Boardwalk Empire.” More recently, Simms was an executive producer on “Atlanta” and is […]

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