Tina Fey vs. Tiffany Haddish: The ‘SNL’ guest hosts are the Emmy favorites for Best Comedy Guest Actress

Best Comedy Guest Actress at the 2018 Emmys is a two-way race between “Saturday Night Live” guest hosts, according to our Emmy Experts. That’s not too surprising given “SNL’s” strong track record since the show’s hosts became eligible in comedy guest categories in 2009. In the last nine years “SNL” has won this category four times, including the last two in a row. So who has the edge in 2018: Tina Fey or Tiffany Haddish?

As of this writing we’ve polled 19 Expert journalists from top media outlets, and 12 of them say Fey has the advantage: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Chris Harnick (E!), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).

Fey has won Best Comedy Guest Actress twice for “SNL” (2009, 2016), which ties her as the most awarded actress in the category. She has nine Emmys overall as a writer, producer and actor on “SNL” and “30 Rock.” That makes her one of the TV academy’s most admired creators and performers currently working. On top of that she just earned her first Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical for writing the Broadway adaptation of her film “Mean Girls,” which could further impress voters.

But one of the biggest stories of the season has been Haddish’s career breakthrough: acclaim and Oscar buzz for her breakthrough performance in the 2017 film “Girls Trip,” a starring role in the TBS comedy series “The Last O.G.,” hosting and winning at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, and becoming the first black female comedian ever to host “SNL.”

In the midst of this honeymoon period she’s in, five Experts think she’ll add an Emmy to her accomplishments: Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Ben Travers (IndieWire).

Meanwhile, Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes) is betting that four-time Emmy champ Jane Lynch will prevail for playing enigmatic comedian Sophie Lennon in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” And Glenn Whipp (LA Times) thinks another “SNL” alum, Maya Rudolph, will pull off an upset for playing Judge Gen in “The Good Place.”

Do you agree with our Experts that this is a primarily two-way race between Fey and Haddish? Which of them do you think has the edge?

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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