2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Emmy
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Since 2010, the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy has been shared between two shows, “Modern Family” and “Veep.” Tony Hale looks like a sure bet to score another nom after two wins, though the “Veep” ensemble is so strong, the entire category could comprise actors on the show. Likewise, the “Modern Family” cast is flawless, though two-time winners Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell have thus far been rewarded while Ed O’Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have not.

Another great TV family can be found on “Transparent,” which could benefit Jay Duplass. Likewise, Laurence Fishburne is a standout as the grandfather on “Black-ish.”

And while technically not related, the supporting actors who make up the dysfunctional family of “Silicon Valley” are an embarrassment of riches — T.J. Miller should score a nomination just for his scene in episode four in which he delivers his lines while coughing and laughing simultaneously after a harsh bong hit.

Previous nominees Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Adam Driver (“Girls”), and Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) could easily repeat. And it would be hard to ignore Louie Anderson’s turn on “Baskets” as Zach Galifianakis’ mom.

FRONTRUNNERS

Andre Braugher (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE)

Tituss Burgess (THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT)

Ty Burrell (MODERN FAMILY)

Adam Driver (GIRLS)

Jay Duplass (TRANSPARENT)

Laurence Fishburne (BLACK-ISH)

Tony Hale (VEEP)

Keegan-Michael Key (KEY & PEELE)

T.J. Miller (SILICON VALLEY)

Eric Stonestreet (MODERN FAMILY)

ON THE BUBBLE

Louie Anderson (BASKETS)

Fred Armisen (DOCUMENTARY NOW!)

Jaime Camil (JANE THE VIRGIN)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (MODERN FAMILY)

David Alan Grier (THE CARMICHAEL SHOW)

Hugh Laurie (VEEP)

Ed O’Neill (MODERN FAMILY)

Jordan Peele (KEY & PEELE)

Martin Sheen (GRACE AND FRANKIE)

Timothy Simons (VEEP)

Martin Starr (SILICON VALLEY)

Sam Waterston (GRACE AND FRANKIE)

DARK HORSES

Gary Cole (VEEP)

Kevin Dunn (VEEP)

Mark Duplass (TOGETHERNESS)

Sam Elliott (THE RANCH)

Mike Epps (SURVIVOR’S REMORSE)

Santino Fontana (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND)

Colin Hanks (LIFE IN PIECES)

Simon Helberg (BIG BANG THEORY)

Alex Karpovsky (GIRLS)

Malcolm McDowell (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE)

Fred Melamed (LADY DYNAMITE)

Dermot Mulroney (SHAMELESS)

Kumail Nanjiani (SILICON VALLEY)

Reid Scott (VEEP)

Matt Walsh (VEEP)

Zach Woods (SILICON VALLEY)

Steve Zissis (TOGETHERNESS)

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  1. Matrices says:

    You forgot Tony Hale under FRONTRUNNERS..

  2. BD says:

    Also, this should be, like last year, an easy win for Tituss Burgess (specifically his one man show episode), but like last year, it probably won’t happen.

  3. BD says:

    I see people are still trying to make Hugh Laurie for Veep happen. This is not the show or performance that will bring him back to the Emmys or give him his “overdue” win. He’s barely in any of the episodes and every other credited regular supporting actor (FIVE of them, plus Hale) are far more worthy than he is.

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