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    There has been discussion about reviving the Variety Performer category at the Emmys following SN’s wins in both Supporting & Guest categories this year. Due to SNL’s improved quality, as well as Late Night hosts & Awards show hosts, I think male & female categories could be appropriate. Here’s a hypothetical look for this year:

    Male:
    Kenan Thompson, SNL
    Alec Baldwin, SNL
    Dave Chapelle, SNL
    John Oliver, Last Week Tonight
    Steven Colbert, The Late Show
    James Cordon, The Late Late Show

    Female:
    Kate McKinnon, SNL
    Leslie Jones, SNL
    Vanessa Bayer, SNL
    Melissa McCarthy, SNL
    Samantha Bee, Full Frontal
    Tracey Ullman, Tracey Ullman’s Show

    Alternatively, as one category:

    Alec Baldwin, SNL
    Dave Chapelle, SNL
    Kate McKinnon, SNL
    Melissa McCarthy, SNL
    John Oliver, Last Week Tonight
    Steven Colbert, The Late Show

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    Anthony Atamanuik!

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    The comedians with specials would have to go somewhere too. Awards show hosts staying in Special Class Programs? The categories would likely need to be divided by gender.

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    That is the reason why I hated this category ten years ago. It is absurd putting Colbert & Jon Stewart in the same category as Tony Bennett or Barry Manilow.

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    It is absurd putting Colbert & Jon Stewart in the same category as Tony Bennett or Barry Manilow.

    Absolutely, although I think this problem could be solved by eliminating the “individual” part that used to be in the category name – one off performances like award shows or variety special should be included in Special Class Programs (and in the case of the former, already are).

    I would expect hypothetical male and female variety performance categories to be largely comprised of performers from the Sketch and Talk categories (with some spoilers like Anthony Atamanuik).

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