At the Emmys, nominated actors and actresses must choose one episode to submit to voters that they believe represents their best work from the past TV season. While lead and supporting performers select an episode following nomination, guest stars must name their submissions on the Emmy ballot. Thus, we already know what episodes voters will be required to watch. Scroll down to see these entries for Best Comedy Guest Actor.
This category features two recurring roles from a first season, three variety performances and a one-off appearance with the actor playing himself.
Official ballot description: “When Billy Crystal and Josh Gad sense that their show is in danger of being cancelled, Billy goes to his friend and mentor, comedy legend Mel Brooks, to try and persuade him to guest star on ‘The Billy & Josh Show’. Brooks gives him valuable advice: celebrity cameos never work.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 33/1
Official ballot description: “For his monologue, Louie performs his standup routine. Parodies include Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton trying to get votes from people on summer vacation; Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer as masochistic elves and a take on a 1950s sitcom about lesbians.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 33/1
Paul Giamatti, “Inside Amy Schumer”
His submission “12 Angry Men inside Amy Schumer” marks his only appearance as “Juror #10”. He appeared last season on the show in a different role, but was not submitted for Emmy consideration.
Official ballot description: “As one of twelve jurors weighing whether or not Amy Schumer is hot enough for television, Juror #10 is adamant that she is not hot enough and that she must be kept off television so it doesn’t encourage women to let themselves go.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 20/1
Official ballot description: “For his monologue, Bill wants to sing but reveals he has no confidence, so guests show up to convince him otherwise. Parodies include Bill as Cat in the Hat; Herb Welch and his impersonation of Al Pacino.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 10/1
Official ballot description: “Jon Hamm plays Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, charismatic kidnapper, occasional wedding DJ, and founder of his own Apocalypse cult. After choosing to represent himself at his trial, Reverend Wayne has the jury and the media in his thrall. Only Kimmy Schmidt herself can stop him.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 8/13
Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”
His submission “Best New Girl” marks his fourth of four appearances as Marcy in the first season.
Official ballot description: “Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) spends a life changing weekend with her best friend Marcy (Bradley Whitford) at a cross dressing retreat. But things get a little rocky for the two of them when Maura finds herself feeling alive in her own skin as a woman and not just a man in a skirt.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 9/2
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