August 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm #257653
I didn’t see a thread Tom posted regarding the poll on the home page about the greatest Comedy Lead Actor of the last 20 years. Vote on the home page but discuss here.
Who was the greatest of the Best Comedy Actor Emmy winners over the past 20 years?
Alec Baldwin (2008, 2009)
Ted Danson, “Cheers” (1993)
Michael J. Fox, “Spin City” (2000)
Ricky Gervais, “Extras” (2007)
Kelsey Grammer, “Frasier” (1994, 1995, 1998, 2004)
John Lithgow, “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996, 1997, 1999)
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace” (2001)
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (2010, 2011)
Ray Romano, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2002)
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk” (2003, 2005, 2006)August 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm #257655
Haven’t decided yet on who to choose, but It’s such a shame that Steve Carell isn’t on the list.August 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm #257656
I chose baldwin, but I love Fox, Lithgow and Gervais as well.August 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm #257657
Haven’t decided yet on who to choose, but It’s such a shame that Steve Carell isn’t on the list.
Carell wouldn’t necessarily be a stand out or the “clear choice” on this list for many, but the list just looks cheap without his name up there. The amount of repeat winners in this category makes his absence look even worse, and more difficult to even take this list seriously.August 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm #257658
^I absolutely agree.
Looking at this list, I don’t know which I would find more boring: Lead Comedy Actor or Supporting Comedy Actor.
I can honestly say my choices would be:
1. Steve Carell, The Office
2. John Goodman, Roseanne
3. Jason Lee, My Name is Earl
4. Joel McHale, Community
5. Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
6. Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
7. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
8. Paul Reiser, Mad About You
I’m not being difficult for the sake of being difficult. But my top five lead comedy actors of the last 20 years never won. Two were perennially nominated and snubbed – Carell and Goodman – while the other couldn’t land a nom – Lee – and the last one – McHale – seems to be getting the shaft too. At least Bateman got one bone thrown at him. I then throw in Baldwin and Parsons and round it out with Reiser, who’s in the same camp with Carell and Goodman (I know he’s hit/miss but he had some great episodes and did some great work).
It took this poll to make me realize how disappointing and uninspired the choices have been over the last 20 years.
I’m glad Tony Shalhoub won, and it’s a great win, but he didn’t really need more than one. And I love that Eric McCormack won. He was worthy of one and he got it. So though I prefer Baldwin and Parsons, I’m still happy to see an off-the-wall choice like McCormack and Shalhoub – and even Gervais – thrown a bone.
Maybe Steve Carell can come back for the latter half of the final season of The Office and get back in and get nominated and win? One can totally dream, right?August 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm #257659
The Emmys are very repeat-happy in this category, aren’t they? Of those nominated, I’d say Steve Carell and John Goodman both should have won at least once.
I won’t vote for a winner because I haven’t seen quite a few but Kelsey Grammer and John Lithgow were hilarious on their respective shows and I’d rank them higher than Baldwin for sure.August 25, 2012 at 12:00 am #257660
As an “Emmyologist” I am so sad and embarassed to admit that I’ve never watched Frasier. Not a single episode. But, even more pathetic is the reason why: Because I’ve also never watched Cheers, which Frasier spun off of. So, those two sitcoms combined, is 22 years.
I try to stay on top of everything that’s on right now, but soon I’m going to dive into this 22-year-committment of Cheers/Frasier. Maybe then I’ll appreciate the wins for Danson and Frasier. Although, for a while, it seemed Danson was likely to be in the future Goodman/Carell club.August 25, 2012 at 12:03 am #257661
While I agree Baldwin’s material now isn’t as good the first 3 seasons of the show, he very much deserved both his Emmys, and was also the best the year Gervais won. As soon as the episode where he does TGS and there’s that internal GE promo with him holding the two mugs and looking straight to the camera, I knew that he was doing something special.August 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm #257662
1. John Lithgow
2. Kelsey Grammer
3. Ted DansonAugust 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm #257663
I voted Gervais. He, Lithgow, Grammer, and Baldwin are the only ones I’d really consider great performances.August 26, 2012 at 7:02 am #257664
I love Baldwin, Parsons, and everyone who won these awards.
But as someone said, this category was very ‘repeat-happy’, so it failed to reward some worthy nominees like Steve Carell and John Goodman. Especially Steve Carell – his loss last year (to Parsons who never fails to impress us, even though Carell deserved that award) was called a ‘—-ing blasphemy’ by many people (even Parsons thought Carell should have won.)
Anyhow, Lithgow (one of my favorite actors) and Grammer would be my favorite winners. Lithgow was very funny in ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ and Grammer as Fraiser in ‘Fraiser’ was just legendary and epic.August 26, 2012 at 9:10 am #257665
Without any doubt Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin and Will Arnett…August 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm #257666
My top 3 would be Baldwin, Lithgow and Parsons, with Baldwin winning this very easily.
Pretty weird how deserving all the winners are, all of them deserved to win at least once with a tiny exception being Ricky Gervais. And I know people don’t like Romano that much, but that was one hilarious tape he won for.August 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm #257667
Without any doubt…Will Arnett…
He never won…Are you referring to Up All Night, Arrested Development or 30 Rock?August 27, 2012 at 12:04 am #257668
Pretty weird how deserving all the winners are, all of them deserved to win at least once with a tiny exception being Ricky Gervais.
Ricky Gervais in the second season of The Office is my favourite comedy lead actor performance ever, so I have no problem with him winning for Extras, which I have not seen.