This year’s Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actor features two recent double winners — Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) and Tony Hale (“Veep”) — facing off against Louie Anderson (“Baskets”), Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”) and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). 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.
Anderson earned his first Primetime Emmy nomination this year for his scene-stealing performance in “Baskets” as Christine Baskets, the loving but overbearing mother of twins Chip and Dale (Zach Galifianakis). Anderson has a pair of Daytime Emmys in 1997 and 1998 for his voice-over work in his animated series “Life with Louie” and could well win this year for his submission “Easter in Bakersfield.” READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Braugher earned his third consecutive Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actor for his performance as Captain Ray Holt on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” This two-time champ (Best Drama Actor for “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1998; Best Movie/Mini Actor for “Thief” in 2006) is looking to win Emmy #3 on his 10th overall career bid with his episode entry “The Oolong Slayer.” READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After scoring his second consecutive nomination for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” can Burgess win the Emmy Award with his episode submission “Kimmy Gives Up”? He stars as Kimmy’s flamboyantly gay roommate Titus Andromedon on the Netflix comedy, a struggling New York singer and actor whose ego is matched only by his overwhelming self-doubt. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After choosing “The Party” as his episode submission for voters, can Comedy Supporting Actor nominee Burrell win his third Emmy for “Modern Family?” The actor received his seventh consecutive nomination for playing Phil Dunphy on this ABC comedy, a goofy, good-natured real estate agent and father of three. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
On his fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for “Veep,” Hale has chosen “Inauguration” as his episode submission. Hale has won this award twice (2013 and 2015) for portraying Gary Walsh, the dedicated personal aide to President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). A victory for Hale would put him in the company of only five other actors who’ve won this category three times. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Key is nominated at the Emmys for the second time for “Key and Peele.” The series ended its five-season run last summer, but as a going-away present the TV academy has given him four nominations this year, including bids for writing and producing the Comedy Central sketch series. He submitted the episode “Y’all Ready for This” to Emmy judges. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Walsh, who for the past five seasons has portrayed Mike McLintock on HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy series “Veep,” has received his first-ever nomination this year in the Best Comedy Supporting Actor category. Walsh has submitted the episode “Kissing Your Sister” for consideration. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
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