DARK HORSE: Chris Geere as Jimmy Shive-Overly in “You’re the Worst”
DARK HORSE: Kevin Bacon as Dick in “I Love Dick”
DARK HORSE: Will Forte as Phil Miller in “The Last Man on Earth”
DARK HORSE: Patrick Stewart as Walter Blunt in “Blunt Talk”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Ted Danson as Michael in “The Good Place”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf in “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Hank Azaria as Jim Brockmire in “Brockmire”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendricks in “Silicon Valley”
IN THE CONVERSATION: William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in “Shameless”
FRONTRUNNER: Aziz Ansari as Dev in “Master of None”
FRONTRUNNER: Anthony Anderson as Dre Johnson in “black-ish”
FRONTRUNNER: Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in “Transparent”
FRONTRUNNER: Donald Glover as Earn Marks in “Atlanta”
At the Emmys, the comedy acting categories have certainly had their share of consistency over the past few years. While Jeffrey Tambor’s back-to-back wins in this category aren’t quite the foregone conclusion that Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ have become on the actress side, it’s still an impressive achievement, given his competition.
We’ve gathered the top comedy actors in TV, from the dark horses all the way through to the sure things. For each perfomer, we’ve also included whether or not they’ve taken home a statuette before and if they’ll have a shot again if 2017 doesn’t end up being their year.
(For full predictions and analysis on this year’s awards, check out our Emmy homepage here.)
Previous Nominations: 0
Previous Wins: 0
Eligible After This Year?: Even though the show’s third season ended with an unexpected twist, there will definitely still be a place for Jimmy in the “You’re the Worst” future.
Eligible After This Year?: Amazon still hasn’t released any official word on “I Love Dick” Season 2, but it’s hard to imagine one of the show’s title characters not returning in some form if the show does.
Eligible After This Year?: Facial hair and all. Even though the possibility was looking slim just a few short months ago, FOX announced that one of the year’s most beloved bubble shows would be coming back for Season 4.
Previous Wins: 0 (won last year for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series)
Eligible After This Year?: That Netflix freedom is a double-edged sword, so there’s no guarantee that “Master of None” will be back for Season 3 or what length/shape it would take. In the meantime, Ansari is pretty much a sure thing for a 2017 nod.