“Saturday Night Live” has dominated the guest Emmy categories since the show’s actors were allowed to compete in the comedy races nine years ago. And according to our predictions, that’s not going to end this year: “SNL” alums Tina Fey and Bill Hader are the favorites to take home Best Comedy Guest Actress and Best Comedy Guest Actor, respectively, which would be the third time the show has swept both in the same year.
“SNL” accomplished the feat the first chance it got in 2009, when Fey, on the strength of her Sarah Palin impersonation, and Justin Timberlake won. It went two-for-two again last year with victories for Melissa McCarthy, on the strength of her Sean Spicer impersonation, and Dave Chappelle, a surprise winner over the likes of eternal Emmy bridesmaid Hugh Laurie (“Veep”) and fellow “SNL” hosts Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
In between those sweeps, “SNL” won one of those categories every year except for 2013 and 2015. Betty White triumphed in 2010, followed by Timberlake again in 2011, Jimmy Fallon in 2012 and 2014, and a shared win between Fey and Amy Poehler in 2016.
Fey, who hosted the season finale this weekend, and Hader are probably good for nominations. She’s an Emmy darling with nine trophies at home and he’s riding a career high with HBO’s “Barry,” for which he could also get a lead comedy actor nomination, and hosted one of the best “SNL” episodes of the season.
As we previously noted, if Fey prevails, she’ll hold the record for most wins in the category at three. Hader, who has an animated program Emmy for “South Park,” was twice nominated in comedy supporting for “SNL” and once as a guest in 2015. He’s in sixth place in our lead comedy actor odds, but the “Barry” buzz could certainly help him win in the guest race.
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