Emmy voters haven’t been particularly kind to standup comics, as “Everybody Love Raymond” star Ray Romano (three lead comedy nominations, no wins) can attest.
In fact, the only standup to take home an Emmy over the past 32 years was Roseanne, and that wasn’t necessarily for her comedy. She won for an emotionally complex 1993 episode of her eponymous comedy series in which her character revealed she’d been sexually abused as a child.
The lineup of never-winning cutups includes Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Bob Newhart, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Redd Foxx, Paul Reiser, Janeane Garofalo and Tim Allen. Jackie Gleason and Gracie Allen never won, either.
Indeed, many of these talented comedians have been stigmatized over the years as merely acting like themselves on a television series. However, their co-stars have often thrived in the supporting comedy performer categories: Helen Hunt picked up four Emmys playing Reiser’s wife on “Mad About You”; Michael Richards nabbed three statuettes as one of “Seinfeld’s” loony neighbors; and Laurie Metcalf grabbed three awards as Roseanne’s sister.
And the last two supporting comedy actress Emmys have gone to Romano’s “Raymond” main squeeze, Patricia Heaton.