Just three years ago Peter MacNicol (“Veep”) had his Emmy nomination rescinded because of a technicality, but now he’s back in the category of Best Comedy Guest Actor for the show’s final season. Will MacNicol find “poetic justice” this year, as Gold Derby editor Marcus James Dixon predicts? Joining Dixon to debate this category in the lead-up to the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys are fellow editors Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery, Joyce Eng and Susan Wloszczyna. Watch their fun Emmy slugfest video above.
As the editors point out, MacNicol could seriously benefit this year from vote-splitting in Best Comedy Guest Actor. He’s the lone “Veep” nominee facing off against four contenders from “Saturday Night Live” (Adam Sandler, John Mulaney, Matt Damon and Robert DeNiro) and two scene-stealers from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Luke Kirby and Rufus Sewell). Perhaps that’s why MacNicol is the favorite to win, according to the combined predictions of more than 1,000 Gold Derby users.
“I don’t even know where to begin with this category,” Dixon notes about the topsy-turvy state of the race. “I have Peter MacNicol kind of by default. Remember three years ago he was nominated but he got his nomination yanked away from him, so this would be very nice poetic justice for him to win in the final season. I will say his episode submission is the second to last episode and he has less than a minute of screen time, so … I wonder if that could hurt him.”
Montomery is going all in for Mulaney, stating, “I feel like he had such a buzzy episode of ‘SNL.” He reminds folks that Mulaney “won in a surprise for writing for his stand-up special last year” and that “there is a lot of love for him.” Montgomery adds, “‘Saturday Night Live’ is interesting because I don’t know if [vote-splitting] works the same way. These actors are not competing against each other per se, because they’re all performing on different shows.”
Even though Wloszczyna has MacNicol on top, she confesses, “If I went with my heart I would go with Luke Kirby. I’m old enough to have seen Lenny Bruce in a theater [and] this kind of saves the portrait of him — he’s not totally a drug addict, it’s early in his career and it’s a different, more thoughtful Lenny Bruce.” She also notes that Kirby’s episode submission, in which he sings on Steve Allen‘s show, is “very moving.”
Eng agrees that Mulaney will win, explaining, “His episode was one of the best of the season, he’s a former writer, he’s hot and liked right now.” As for the other “SNL” guys, she’s not sure the Chris Farley tribute is enough to give Sandler the win, she questions whether people still remember Damon’s Justice Kavanaugh impression, and she calls De Niro a “thirsty nod” since he didn’t actually host the show.
Beachum declares, “The people that have been winning this category are stand-up comedians lately,” referring to Dave Chappelle (“SNL”) and Katt Williams (“Atlanta”). “It just feels right to me on John Mulaney. There’s something going on with him in the industry right now, kind of like when Louis C.K. would just win every year for a little while — he was the hottest thing going.”
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