Emmy voters have traditionally held a bias against stand-up comedians doing sitcoms. This year’s Best Comedy Actor race has six nominees and no less than four of them have their roots in stand-up comedy: Zack Galifianakis (“Baskets”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) and Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”). These four funnymen all have had varying degrees of success as comics while fellow nominees, William H. Macy (“Shameless”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) come from more traditional acting backgrounds. While all four of the stand-ups have now established themselves as actors, it remains to be seen if any of them will overcome the long-standing Emmy curse.
During the 1990s and early 2000s it was quite common for stand-up comedians to take their act to the small screen. Perhaps inspired by the success of Jerry Seinfeld, comedians such as Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Gary Shandling, Paul Reiser and Ray Romano took their club acts to the small screen. While all those mentioned were at one time nominated for Emmys, only Barr and Romano managed to break through and actually win the award. Reiser in particular had to sit back and watch his co-star Helen Hunt win four consecutive trophies for her role in their series “Mad About You” but he never won.
Tambor has won Best Comedy Actor for the past two years but Gold Derby’s current predictions have Glover heavily favored to win at the 2017 Emmys. Glover’s show “Atlanta” is also in second place in the odds for Best Comedy Series behind “Veep,” which has taken the award for the past two years.
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