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by Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
June 18, 2014 4:01 PM
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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Actor

Louie C.K. and Sarah Baker in "So Did the Fat Lady"

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions through August 25th, when the winners will be announced. 

If the Outstanding Comedy Actor race was simply about the programs' prominence in our culture, determined through awareness, eyeballs, and respect, then Louis C.K. would walk away with this trophy. He still might, but Jim Parsons, Matt LeBlanc, and Ricky Gervais are big enough names to give him some trouble. William H. Macy could be a sleeper pick. A newcomer to the comedy genre after "Shameless" switched submission categories, Macy could lure voters over who favor dramatic acting even in the comedy categories.

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Below are predictions for best comedy actor from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change 'em up between now and July 10th. Check out predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Louis CK, "Louie"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" 
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Ben's predictions:
Will win: Louis CK, "Louie"
Could win: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Should win: Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Shoulda been here: Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, "Key and Peele"


  • 23553 | June 18, 2014 9:23 PMReply

    In a perfect world Andy Daly would get a nomination for Review

  • Tony D | April 28, 2014 6:17 PMReply

    How could you forget about the very funny Stephen Merchant of "Hello Ladies" if anyone deserves a first nomination it is him

  • holly | April 8, 2014 4:04 PMReply

    How about Chris Meloni in Surviving Jack. I have only seen it twice and it is great.