The comedy guest categories have been Emmy gold mines for “Saturday Night Live” since hosts were allowed to compete there 10 years ago. The show has collected 10 victories in that timespan — five in each category — and it’s bidding to continue its streak of winning at least one of the two races for the fourth consecutive year.
Since 2009, there have only been two years in which “SNL” did not win at least one of the two guest categories, 2013 and 2015. Melissa Leo (“Louie”) and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory”) prevailed in 2013, with the latter finally winning his first Emmy, and Joan Cusack (“Shameless”) and Bradley Whitford (“Transparent”) triumphed in 2015. Cusack had the rare fortune of no female “SNL” hosts being nominated that year — something that has also only happened once, in 2010, on the comedy guest actor side.
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Here are all of “SNL’s” guest wins:
2009: Tina Fey, Justin Timberlake
2010: Betty White
2011: Justin Timberlake
2012: Jimmy Fallon
2014: Jimmy Fallon
2016: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (shared)
2017: Melissa McCarthy, Dave Chappelle
2018: Tiffany Haddish
“SNL” could four-peat in comedy guest actress if things go well — it’s already the first show to three-peat. The sketch series has five women and 11 men on the guest ballots, so obviously not all of them will get in.
Our early odds foresee four bids for Sandra Oh, Rachel Brosnahan, John Mulaney and Adam Sandler. None of them, however, is the current favorite to win. Oh is in third place in Best Comedy Guest Actress; Brosnahan, fifth. Mulaney is the highest in second place in Best Comedy Guest Actor, followed by Sandler in fifth. Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Peter MacNicol (“Veep”) are the No. 1 picks favored to end this “SNL” reign.
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