This year’s Emmy race for Best Comedy Guest Actress is one for the record books as for the first time, a pair of actors — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — take up a single slot. They’re up for hosting “Saturday Night Live” against both Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer, as well as “The Big Bang Theory” twosome Christine Baranski and Laurie Metcalf, and “Transparent” guest star Melora Hardin. After watching our editors’ slugfest on this race above, you can find links below to each contender’s episode analysis where we dive into their Emmy pros and cons.
Baranski reaped a fourth Emmy bid for playing Dr. Beverly Hoftstader, Leonard’s intimidating, intellectual psychiatrist mother on “The Big Bang Theory.” This marks the 15th overall nomination in her career and makes up for her inexplicable snub for the final season of “The Good Wife.” She has submitted “The Convergence Convergence,” which is also the same episode as that of rival nominee Metcalf. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Fey and Poehler are nominated together at the Emmy Awards as Best Comedy Guest Actress for co-hosting the “SNL” Christmas episode. Poehler is always the bridesmaid, but never the bride. She’s been nominated 17 times at the Emmys but has never won. Will her multi-Emmy-winning bestie Fey help her FINALLY get a trophy? READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After nearly 40 years in show business, Hardin earned her first Emmy nomination this year for her role as Tammy Cashman in “Transparent.” Hardin has submitted the second episode of the season, “Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump,” to Emmy voters, in which Tammy confronts Sarah and her family in a spectacular drunken rampage. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
McCarthy returns to the Best Comedy Guest Actress race at the Emmys for the fourth time for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” She has been nominated for all of her past “SNL” appearances but has yet to win in this category, losing in 2012 to Kathy Bates (“Two and Half Men”), in 2013 to Melissa Leo (“Louie”) and in 2014 to Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”). READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Metcalf is coming off the kind of year most actors probably don’t even have the nerve to dream about. Not only did she receive a Tony nomination for her Broadway performance in “Misery,” she also received three — count ’em, three — Emmy bids this year for her work in “The Big Bang Theory” (Comedy Guest Actress), “Horace and Pete” (Drama Guest Actress) and “Getting On” (Comedy Actress). READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Schumer had a career-changing 2015, between the one Emmy Award win (Variety Sketch Series) out of four nominations for her show “Inside Amy Schumer” and the box office and critical success of her film “Trainwreck.” Now, her six Emmy bids this year suggests that she has no signs of slowing down. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
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