Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” is expected to prevail in the first-ever Emmy race for Best Variety Sketch Series. Our exclusive Gold Derby odds have the series heavily favored to win with leading odds of 3/10. It picked up seven nominations this year, including Best Comedy Actress (Amy Schumer), which will be announced on the primetime telecast on September 20. But Variety Sketch Series will be handed out at Creative Arts on Sept. 12, so Schumer, who is also a producer, may already be an Emmy winner by the main event.
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Best Variety Sketch Series and Best Variety Talk Series were created by the TV academy this year from the previous combined category Best Variety Series. In years past, talk shows dominated that contest, with the last 17 victories going to just three programs: “Late Show with David Letterman” (1998-2002), “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2003-2012) and “Colbert Report” (2013-2014).
“Inside Amy Schumer” faces off against the only sketch comedy to have been nominated in the combined category in recent years: NBC’s stalwart “Saturday Night Live,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. It has eight nominations (and seven more bids for its 40th anniversary special) and ranks second in our predictions with 11/2 odds.
Next up with 20/1 odds is another Comedy Central series, “Key and Peele,” which had a breakthrough year with six nominations, including a surprise Comedy Supporting Actor bid for Keegan-Michael Key.
IFC’s “Portlandia” is nominated just twice this year, for this award and for Best Production Design (Non-Narrative). It ranks fourth with 50/1 odds, while Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” is nominated only once and gets 100/1 odds to prevail.
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Photo: Amy Schumer, Method Man. Credit: Comedy Central/Everett Collection/REX