This year’s Emmy nominees for Best Comedy Actor are a mix of new and old blood, as Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) contend for the first time, last year’s winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) as well as Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) and Will Forte (“The Last Man on Earth”) are all up for their second shots, while William H. Macy (“Shameless”) is on his third consecutive bid. After watching our editors’ slugfest on this race above, you can find links below to each contender’s episode analysis where we dive into their Emmy pros and cons.
Anderson has earned his second consecutive nomination for Best Comedy Actor for his role as Dre Johnson in ABC’s comedy “Black-ish.” The actor/comedian, who also serves as one of the show’s executive producers, has submitted the episode “Hope” to Emmy voters. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
For his first Emmy nomination for playing Dev Shah on “Master of None,” Ansari has chosen “Parents” as his episode submission for voters. After playing Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation” for seven season, this is his first time as an Emmy nominee. However, it’s not his only chance to take home Emmy gold this year. He is also nominated for Best Comedy Series, Comedy Directing and Comedy Writing. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Now that Forte has selected the Season 2 finale, titled “30 Years of Science Down the Tubes,” as his episode submission to Emmy Awards voters, can he finally win? Forte is a five-time Emmy nominee following his back-to-back acting nominations in this category, for writing the “Last Man on Earth” pilot (2015), for guesting on “30 Rock” (2013) and for writing “Late Show with David Letterman” (1998). READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
If you met Frank Gallagher from “Shameless” the last thing you’d probably think was to hand this guy an award. However, if you met Screen Actors Guild Award winner Macy you’d wonder why he’s still Emmyless for playing this despicable character. That wonder may change thanks to an excellent submission in “I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing” and the new Emmy voting system. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
One of the biggest surprises on the morning of the Emmy nominations announcement was the appearance of Middleditch for HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” The show’s first ever acting nominee, Middleditch plays Richard Hendricks, a tech worker who is trying to navigate the ups and downs of starting his own compression software company, Pied Piper. Middleditch has chosen the episode “The Empty Chair” as his submission. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Is Tambor on track to win back-to-back Emmys for “Transparent?” He stars in this Amazon series as Maura Pfefferman, a retired college professor learning how to live life anew as a transgender woman. Tambor has submitted “Man on the Land,” the ninth episode of season two, for Emmy voters. Will he be the latest multiple-winner in this category? READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
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