Louis CK vs. Larry David vs. Jim Parsons: It’s an Emmy squeaker!

Now that Gold Derby has revealed the episodes submitted by nominees to Emmy judges, there’s been a dramatic switch in our Editors’ predictions for Best Comedy Actor. Recent two-time champ Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) has pulled even with Louis C.K.(“Louie”) and Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”).


All three nominees have three Gold Derby editors predicting that they will win. Backing Parsons are Chris Beachum, Rob Licuria and. Paul Sheehan. Louis CK is pick of Daniel Montgomery, Tom O’Neil and David Schnelwar. Choosing Larry David are Marcus Dixon, Matt Noble and Andrew Pickett. (See full rankings here.)

Previously, back when nominations were announced in late July, Larry David and Louis CK had four editors backing them; Jim Parsons had only one.

Technically, Larry David is out front among the editors with a narrow edge (21/10 odds) over Louis CK (9/4) and Jim Parsons (23/10) due to how all three are ranked by each editor.

Eleven TV journalists polled by Gold Derby have a very different view of this contest. None of our Experts pick Larry David to prevail. Six pick Louis CK: Maggie Furlong (Huffington Post), Elena Howe (L.A. Times), John Kubicek (Buddy TV), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Ken Tucker (Entertainment Weekly). Backing Parsons are Debra Birnhaum (TV Guide), Maria Elena Fernandez (Newsweek/ Daily Beast), Matt Roush (TV Guide), Mo Ryan (Huffington Post TV) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby).

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Parsons leads among Gold Derby Users (13/10 odds), followed by Louis CK (23/10), Larry David (11/2), Alec Baldwin (14/1), Jon Cryer (25/1), Don Cheadle (25/1). See our charts comparing all three sets of odds: Users, Experts, Editors.

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