Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by two of the 2016 nominees for Best Comedy Actor. Aziz Ansari is entering the “Master of None” episode titled “Parents.” And Thomas Middleditch has selected the “Silicon Valley” episode called “The Empty Chair.”
Ansari is a first-time nominee this year and also has bids for producing, directing, and writing his freshman comedy series. On the show he plays Dev Shah, a commercial actor living and working in New York City. According to the official Netflix listing for his episode: “First-generationers Dev and Brian try to show their appreciation for their immigrant parents at a joint family dinner.”
Middleditch is finally recognized by voters as a rookie nominee for the third season of his program. He plays Richard Hendricks, a shy computer coding genius who struggles with the demands of the corporate world. According to the HBO listing for his episode: “Richard grows increasingly anxious over the state of Pied Piper as tech-buzz builds around Jack’s dismissal and possible replacements.”
We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and acting races as they are provided to us by networks, studios, or personal reps. Click here for the full list of submissions in our forums as they have been announced so far. Click here for our recent video chat with Ansari.
Who do you think will win Best Comedy Actor? These two men compete against reigning champ Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) and returning nominees Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”), Will Forte (“The Last Man on Earth”), and William H. Macy (“Shameless”).
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