ABC's sitcom Modern Family has won the best TV comedy prize at the Writers Guild of America Awards for the third consecutive year.
The critical and ratings hit prominently features gay couple Cam and Mitch (played by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who are raising a young daughter.
After the Sunday (19 February) night awards ceremony in Hollywood, Stonestreet sent a humorous congratulations tweet out to the writers: 'The writers won! congrats to you all! again, without your words, we actors are just hot, sexy hunks of silky, supple flesh.'
Ferguson tweeted his congratulations on Monday: 'Congrats to the brilliant writers of Modern Family for their 2 WGA wins last night. Without them I am literally a boring humorous less mute.'
The show has now won the WGA prize for each of the three seasons it has been on the air. This led writer and co-creator Steve Levitan to say onstage: 'We are concerned that people are sick of us [winning]. Perhaps you can focus your backlash elsewhere. As such, we asked our writers to each say why they don't feel like winners tonight.'
He was then followed at the microphone by writers who did just that who said such things as 'I worry about the future happiness of my children, particularly the fat one.' and 'I write a show about relationships, half my money goes to my first wife, the other goes to the second.'
Levitan wrapped up the speech with this bit of mock grim news: 'I have 2 years left in this business, especially after they find out my real age.'
In addition to winning for TV comedy, Levitan and fellow writer Jeffrey Richman for the episode Caught in the Dark.