Emmy Experts: Jimmy Fallon (‘SNL’) narrowly leads Bob Newhart (‘Big Bang Theory’) for Comedy Guest Actor

The Creative Arts Emmys take place this Saturday (Aug. 16), giving you precious little time to make or change your predictions in the race for Best Comedy Guest Actor. According to the 13 Emmy Experts polled by Gold Derby, this is one of the toughest races to predict this year, as no less than four nominees receive first place votes to win.

Jimmy Fallon (“Saturday Night Live“) and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory“) are the odds-on favorites in this race, but scroll down to see which two Experts are going out on limbs by instead predicting Nathan Lane (“Modern Family“) and Steve Buscemi (“Portlandia“).

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Steve Buscemi | Louis C.K. | Gary Cole

Seven out of the 13 Experts are predicting Fallon, giving him a solid majority. They are: Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Matt Roush (TV Guide), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Ken Tucker (freelance).

And Newhart has the backing of four Experts: Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Lynette Rice (People).

The lone Expert touting Lane is Robert Bianco (USA Today), while the gung-ho guru predicting Buscemi is Steve Pond (The Wrap).

Louis C.K. (“Saturday Night Live“) and Gary Cole (“Veep“) receive no first place votes from our baker’s dozen Emmyologists, although C.K. does come in second place on Feinberg’s list. Presumably, these two funny men are out of contention, making this a four-person race between Fallon, Newhart, Lane and Buscemi.

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Jimmy Fallon
| Nathan Lane | Bob Newhart

According to Gold Derby’s official racetrack odds that combine the predictions of our Experts, Editors and Users, Fallon is currently in first place to win with 1/1 odds, Newhart is in second place with 14/5 odds, Buscemi is in third place with 15/2 odds, Lane is in fourth place with 12/1 odds, and C.K. and Cole are tied for last place with 50/1 odds.

See all of our Emmy Experts’ predictions ranked per category here. Compare them to forecasts by Gold Derby’s Editors here and by our Top 24 Users here. See the rankings and racetrack odds generated when all predictions are combined.

Do you agree with our Experts’ predictions for Best Comedy Guest Actor? Make your own predictions below our Editors’ video slugfest and then sound off in the comments section or join the discussion in our Emmys forum. See the full list of Emmy episode submissions here.

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