The Emmy race for Best Comedy Actor will be highly competitive this year. All six nominees from 2016 are eligible to return to the race, and there are several more new and returning candidates jockeying for their first nominations. We’ve talked to many of these contenders already this Emmy season.
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Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”): “We’re not ‘Law & Order’ so we don’t grab things from the headlines, but some of the things that we do address happen to be going on in our lives and happened to be going on in the lives of people globally.”
Hank Azaria (“Brockmire”): “It’s an idea I’ve had in some form or another since I was a teenager and started imitating the generic 1970s baseball announcer voice.”
Kevin Bacon (“I Love Dick”): “Dick is a giant star. He’s a very, very big fish, and that’s something that he created, because he wanted it. But I think that he’s questioning whether or not he ultimately wants that now.”
Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”): “This show is so special because it deals with a very universal theme. There cannot be any prejudices with music, in a sense.”
Bruce Campbell (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”): “He’s a pariah in his town. They know him as ‘Ashy Slashy.’ He’s an urban myth, he’s a serial killer. So he’s gotta go back to his hometown, beat that, and defend them against the tyranny of evil.”
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”): “It really is about what it means to be good or bad. Everything we do in life has a ripple effect that creates a certain amount of good or bad out in the universe.”
Rob Delaney (“Catastrophe”): “[Carrie Fisher was] a kind human being that was a pleasure to spend time with, in addition to being immeasurably brilliant.”
Tommy Dewey (“Casual”): “We deal with modern dating in relationships and the messiness therein, but we also deal with family in a cool and interesting way, and siblings in a cool and interesting way.”
Jason Jones (“The Detour”): “If the theme we were exploring in season one was, ‘Are we good parents?’ then the season-two theme is ‘Who the hell did I marry?'”
Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”): “To the common man I must appear like a very chill individual. But there’s probably a gerbil of anxiety that’s running in this little mouse wheel.”
Nick Nolte (“Graves”): “[My character is] going back and correcting his mistakes. How would an ex-President do that? He can’t do it politically, but he can do it by showing interest in the new thinking that he has”
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”): “[My character] Maura is a great teacher. I think she’s funny, I think she’s witty, I think she’s brave. I admire her.”
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