This year’s Emmy nominees for Best Comedy Guest Actor include a pair of “Saturday Night Live” hosts — Larry David and Tracy Morgan — competing against recent category winners Bradley Whitford (“Transparent,” 2015) and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory,” 2013). They’re all facing off against two men who’ve never claimed Emmy gold: Martin Mull (“Veep”) and Peter Scolari (“Girls”). 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.
Former “SNL” writer David returned to the show for the first time as host, riding the wave of the 2016 election cycle by playing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. David is a two-time Emmy champ for writing and producing “Seinfeld” (1993), however he’s never won an acting prize despite five lead actor nominations for “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After a near fatal car accident left it uncertain whether he would ever perform again, Morgan made a triumphant return to host “SNL” and snagged an Emmy nomination. This marks his second career bid, after a Comedy Supporting Actor nomination for “30 Rock” (2009). Can Morgan’s emotional and hilarious return to the show that made him famous inspire voters to reward him his first win? READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
With a landslide victory predicted for “Veep” at the Emmys, is Mull poised to win with his episode submission “The Eagle?” He plays Bob Bradley on the HBO series, a veteran political strategist brought on by President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to help win a tight election, which does more harm than good. After 40 years in the spotlight, this is Mull’s first nomination from the TV academy; could it also be his first win? READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After decades of TV work, icon Newhart finally won his first Emmy in 2013 for his guest stint on “The Big Bang Theory.” This year he is nominated again for Best Comedy Guest Actor for reprising his role as Arthur Jeffries (aka Professor Proton) in the episode “The Opening Night Excitation.” READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Scolari’s career in television hit its first peak in the 1980s when we was nominated for three Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Supporting Actor in “Newhart.” Almost 30 years later, Scolari is up for his role as Tad Horvath, father to Lena Dunham’s Hannah in HBO’s once Emmy perennial nominee “Girls.” He has submitted Season 5’s second episode, “Good Man,” for consideration. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Whitford snatched the Emmy last year for playing Mark on “Transparent.” Mark did not make a return appearance in the second season of the hit Amazon show, however Whitford reappeared as a new character, Magnus Hisrschfeld. Magnus’ brief appearance during a set of Germany flashbacks has scored the two-time Emmy winner a return trip to the Guest Actor category. Whitford has submitted the eighth episode of “Transparent’s” second season, “Oscillate.” READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
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