Jim Parsons looks likely to tie the record for most Comedy Actor wins at the Emmys, as he leads our odds to pick up his fourth prize this year for “The Big Bang Theory.” However, he faces strong challenges from Emmy darling Louis C.K. (“Louie“) and recent Golden Globe champ Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“).
After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10.
Parsons has won three of his previous five bids (2010, 2011, 2013). A fourth win would tie him with three funny fellows — Carroll O’Connor (“All in the Family,” 1972, 1977 – 1979); Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties, 1986 – 1988; “Spin City,” 2000) and Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” 1994, 1995, 1998, 2004) — for the most in this category. (Click here for our complete odds.)
Louis C.K. reaped a record number of Emmy bids last year, including a bid for playing a version of himself in the FX hit “Louie.” He has odds of 10/3 to prevail this year.
Samberg won the Golden Globe over, among others, Parsons, for the rookie season of this Fox laffer. He has odds of 13/2 to pull off the same upset here.
Last year, Don Cheadle won the Golden Globe for the first season of “House of Lies” and contended at the Emmys as well. He is likely to return to the race again this year, albeit with odds of only 12/1.
Robin Williams returned to series television for the first time since “Mork and Mindy” with “The Crazy Ones.” While the show got axed after just one season, he has 25/1 odds to win this race, which he lost back in 1979 to O’Connor.
Among those Parsons edged out in 2011 was his co-star Johnny Galecki. That marked his only bid in this race but with this season ending with a strong storyline for him, he could contend. He has odds of 50/1.
Also at 50/1 is Emmy darling William H. Macy. While he never broke through in the dramatic race for his role on “Shameless” as an alcoholic dad, the show’s surprise category switch could be a game-changer for him.
Coming in at 100/1 are both a newcomer and a veteran of this race. While Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) is the breakout star of the spring’s hot new comedy, youth is rarely an advantage for men at the Emmys; however, he did earn a Comedy Actor bid at Critics’ Choice. And John Goodman (“Alpha House“) could return to contend in a category in which he reaped seven consecutive bids for “Roseanne” beginning in 1989.
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Comedy Actor. And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu to make your predictions in this race.