Emmy episode analysis: Tituss Burgess (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’) is a comedic beauty playing a ‘Beest’

Can Tituss Burgess finally win an Emmy for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”? If so, we’ll toast the moment with a glass of Pinot Noir! This summer Burgess received his fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actor for playing the flamboyant, self-centered Titus Andromedon on the Netflix series.

In “Kimmy and the Beest,” the episode Burgess submitted for Emmy consideration, Titus becomes the director of a high school musical loosely based on “Beauty and the Beast” (titled “Beaudy an’ the Beest” for legal purposes). A student very similar to Titus is perfect for the lead, but Titus feels threatened and decides to play the role himself. A flashback to his own high school days shows how he missed his own chance at stardom, so Titus decides not to do the same to his talented student.

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Can Burgess win for this episode? Let’s dive into the pros and cons.


With three previous nominations but no wins, Burgess is way overdue for some Emmy love. With “Kimmy Schmidt” eyeing an exit (the second half of its fourth and final season premieres next year), voters may want to reward him before it’s too late.

This episode is classic Titus, playing on his vanity, selfishness, and delusions of grandeur. Its musical theater storyline shows off Burgess’s singing chops, which have come in handy throughout the show’s run. Plus, it’s really funny.

The Emmys love repeats, but is defending champion Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”) vulnerable? He didn’t appear as Donald Trump as much this season as he did last season, so he could lose out, and Burgess has been patiently waiting in the wings.

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“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” took a major dip in nominations this year, down to just two: Best Comedy Supporting Actor for Burgess and Best Comedy Series. You could chalk that up to Netflix only premiering half of the season for Emmy consideration and doing it on the very last day of eligibility, which might not help his cause.

Trump is still very much in the news, so don’t be surprised if they default to Baldwin to stick it to the commander-in-tweet.

Given that “Kimmy Schmidt’s” final season will premiere next year, voters might wait until then to give Burgess a goodbye hug. And let’s hope that goes for the show overall, since it has yet to win a single Emmy despite 18 nominations.

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