Southie native Deirdre Devlin takes home Emmy for ‘Robot Chicken’

Deirdre Devlin won a Creative Arts Emmy for her writing on “Robot Chicken.”

Southie native Deirdre Devlin took home a Creative Arts Emmy for her writing work on “Robot Chicken,” along with creator Seth Green and the rest of the team on the Adult Swim stop-motion animation series.

“Robot Chicken,” which Devlin describes as “pop-culture parodies in sketch form,” won the outstanding short form animated program Emmy for its Christmas special. The episode follows Santa Claus after he accidentally consumes cookies with marijuana in them.

“When they called ‘Robot Chicken,’ it just was so exciting,” Devlin said. “My heart was pounding right before and then when they called the show I almost felt like I was going down a roller coaster. It was just such a rush of energy.”


Devlin brought her mom, Mary Devlin, with her to the awards show and said she’s very grateful for both of her parents’ support.

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“I feel like I’ve been lucky because some parents tell their kids, ‘Just get a real job. How are you going to make it doing this? It’s so hard to make it,’ ” Devlin said. “And I feel like my parents have been the opposite, where they’re like, ‘Keep going, you’ll get there!’ Which has been very fortunate because I know some of my friends don’t have that, and it helps.”

Devlin has multiple scripts in the works, and she’s hoping to get one picked up.

“I want to do a live-action show that I could be a part of and I would like to set it in Boston, so I can be in Boston a few months out of the year shooting,” Devlin said. “That’s a goal.”

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