Emmys MVP: Kristen Schaal is secret weapon in success of ‘The Last Man on Earth’

Hey, Emmy voters: I realize you’ll soon have a ton of screeners to watch and performances to consider for this year’s nominations, but if you ignore Kristen Schaal‘s hilarious performance on the new Fox hit “The Last Man on Earth,” you’ll end up regretting it. You really will.

As Carol Pilbasian, the neurotic, by-the-book, wacko wife on the apocalyptic romcom, Schaal is the show’s secret comedic weapon. I find myself laughing out loud every time she’s on screen, whether she’s paired up with leading man (and creator) Will Forte, new girl on the block January Jones, or even when she’s all alone making raisin balls.

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Despite her importance and screen time on the high-concept series, we’re still not sure which category Fox is going to campaign Schaal for Emmy consideration: Best Comedy Actress or Best Comedy Supporting Actress.

At Gold Derby, we currently have Schaal in our predictions center for Best Supporting Actress, where competition is much less fierce. Where do YOU think Schaal should campaign? Sound off in the comments section below.

Assuming she goes supporting, Gold Derby’s exclusive Emmys odds predict that Schaal’s likely competitors will be Allison Janney (“Mom”) with 3/1 odds, Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) with 9/2 odds, Judith Light (“Transparent”) with 8/1 odds, Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) with 10/1 odds, Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) with 10/1 odds, Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) with 12/1 odds and Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) with 50/1 odds.

Can Schaal pull off an Emmy shockeroo this year? Let’s recap the pros and cons of this Gold Derby Emmys MVP:


She’s front and center in every episode following the pilot, meaning screen time and impact won’t be a problem for her.

Voters already know who Schaal is thanks to her memorable roles on “30 Rock,” “Flight of the Conchords” and “Bob’s Burgers” — all former Emmy contenders.

Since “Orange is the New Black” is no longer considered a comedy, that means potential nominees like Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew and Lorraine Toussaint will be duking it out on the drama side, leaving room open for someone like Schaal to squeeze in.


It seems unlikely that anyone — let alone Schaal — will be able to take down reigning Emmy magnet Janney or two-time champ Bowen.

The Last Man on Earth” may simply be too high-concept for the older members of the TV Academy to embrace.

Some voters may consider Schaal’s Carol to be too annoying, whiny or antagonistic.

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