Who will win the Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actor? While Gold Derby editors Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria and Riley Chow are split between frontrunners Jon Hamm (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Bradley Whitford (“Transparent”), they admit that the trophy is really anyone’s to take. Watch our new video slugfest at the bottom of this post.
Last year’s winner was Jimmy Fallon for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” While he isn’t eligible this time around, two other “SNL” hosts are nominated: Louis C.K. and Bill Hader. They are up against past Emmy winners Mel Brooks (“The Comedians”), Paul Giamatti (“Inside Amy Schumer”) and Whitford, plus perpetual also-ran Hamm.
Hamm plays Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne and contends for “Kimmy Makes Waffles.” He has three Emmy nominations this year, bringing his career total to 16 with no wins.
Official ballot description: “Hamm plays Wayne, charismatic kidnapper, occasional wedding DJ, and founder of his own Apocalypse cult. After choosing to represent himself at his trial, Reverend Wayne has the jury and the media in his thrall. Only Kimmy Schmidt herself can stop him.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 1/1
Whitford plays Marcy in his episode submission “Best New Girl.” This is his fourth Emmy nomination with one previous win.
Official ballot description: “Maura spends a life changing weekend with her best friend Marcy at a cross dressing retreat. But things get a little rocky for the two of them when Maura finds herself feeling alive in her own skin as a woman and not just a man in a skirt.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 9/4
Hader plays various characters in his return to “SNL.” He has two Emmy nominations this year, bringing his career total to seven with one previous win.
Official ballot description: “For his monologue, Bill wants to sing but reveals he has no confidence, so guests show up to convince him otherwise. Parodies include Bill as Cat in the Hat; Herb Welch and his impersonation of Al Pacino.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 10/1
Giamatti plays Juror #10 in his entry “12 Angry Men.” This is his fourth Emmy nomination with one previous win.
Official ballot description: “As one of twelve jurors weighing whether or not Amy Schumer is hot enough for television, Juror #10 is adamant that she is not hot enough and that she must be kept off television so it doesn’t encourage women to let themselves go.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 20/1
C.K. plays various characters while emceeing “SNL.” He has seven Emmy nominations this year, bringing his career total to 37 with five previous wins.
Official ballot description: “For his monologue, Louie performs his standup routine. Parodies include Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton trying to get votes from people on summer vacation; Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer as masochistic elves and a take on a 1950s sitcom about lesbians.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 33/1
Brooks plays himself in his episode submission “Celebrity Guest.” He has three Emmy nominations this year, bringing his career total to 13 with four previous wins.
Official ballot description: “When Billy Crystal and Josh Gad sense that their show is in danger of being cancelled, Billy goes to his friend and mentor, comedy legend Mel Brooks, to try and persuade him to guest star on ‘The Billy & Josh Show.’ Brooks gives him valuable advice: celebrity cameos never work.”
Gold Derby odds to win: 50/1
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