2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Bradley Whitford Transparent
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A previous winner for “The West Wing,” Bradley Whitford was awarded his second Emmy last year thanks to his work as Marcy on “Transparent.” Whitford could well repeat [for playing a different character, Magnus Hirschfeld], or he could be stopped by one of multiple funny men playing themselves.

“Saturday Night Live” always takes up spots on this list with its hosts and this year gave us a lot to choose from, including a giggly Ryan Gosling and the emotional return of Tracy Morgan. Still, it will be hard to top the hosting gig of “SNL’s” resident Bernie Sanders impersonator Larry David when he appeared opposite the actual Democratic candidate. David practically joined the “SNL” cast this year, popping in from time to time to play the presidential candidate in sketches.

Also stealing scenes in the political world were Martin Mull, Peter MacNicol and John Slattery in “Veep.” MacNicol has already won one Emmy, for “Ally McBeal,” while Slattery has four nominations for “Mad Men.” Believe it or not, the fantastic Mull has never even been nominated.

There are plenty of other standouts. Liam Neeson popped up in a very funny bit on “Inside Amy Schumer” making fun of his tough guy persona.  Sam Elliott and Ernie Hudson both lit up “Grace and Frankie,” Bob Newhart has won in this category before for his role on “The Big Bang Theory” and even though his character has died, the show is finding creative ways to use him. Corey Stoll, robbed of a nom for “House of Cards,” could finally get some love for “Girls.” And though Adam DeVine’s character has always been goofy fun on “Modern Family,” his goodbye gave the actor a chance to share some emotional moments.

Frontrunners

Larry David
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Adam DeVine
MODERN FAMILY

Sam Elliott
GRACE AND FRANKIE

Tracy Morgan
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Martin Mull
VEEP

Liam Neeson
INSIDE AMY SCHUMER

Bob Newhart
THE BIG BANG THEORY

John Slattery
VEEP

Corey Stoll
GIRLS

Bradley Whitford
TRANSPARENT

On the Bubble

Christopher Abbott
GIRLS

Shoukath Ansari
MASTER OF NONE

Keith Carradine
THE BIG BANG THEORY

Will Ferrell
DRUNK HISTORY

Bill Hader
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Judd Hirsch
THE BIG BANG THEORY

Ernie Hudson
GRACE AND FRANKIE

Peter MacNicol
VEEP

Fred Melamed
CASUAL

Ravi Patel
MASTER OF NONE

Richard Schiff
HOUSE OF LIES

Paul Sorvino
GRANDFATHERED

Dark Horses

Fred Armisen
DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Adrien Brody
DICE

Steve Buscemi
THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW

Josh Charles
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

John Cho
HOUSE OF LIES

David Cross
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Noah Emmerich
MASTER OF NONE

Peter Giles
MAN SEEKING WOMAN

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
THE MINDY PROJECT

Ryan Gosling
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

John Benjamin Hickey
DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Rob Huebel
TRANSPARENT

Keegan-Michael Key
HOUSE OF LIES

Justin Kirk
YOU’RE THE WORST

Joe Manganiello
MOM

Richard Masur
TRANSPARENT

Seth Meyers
DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Matthew Morrison
YOUNGER

Timothy Olyphant
THE GRINDER

Patton Oswalt
LADY DYNAMITE

Ben Stiller
ANOTHER PERIOD

David Wain
YOUNGER

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  1. You know who says:

    Peter MacNicol FTW, he was hilarious in “Kissing Your Sister”

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