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68th Emmy Awards nominees in comedy

In this era of Peak TV/Too Much TV, how will the Emmys appropriately recognize the most deserving shows?

We’re starting to find out today with the release of the 68th Emmy Awards nominees.

I’m personally excited the Emmys finally got wise to FX’s The Americans, even if it is a drama, it’s one of the most exciting ones on TV not involving dragons. There is plenty of sex, though! OK. I know, I know, this is a comedy site.

If you’re sad that The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend didn’t get included in Best Comedy, be glad they did get nominated for song and dance. Amy Schumer’s got multiple nods, both for her Comedy Central series and her HBO special. Louie Anderson got nominated for FX’s Baskets! Catastrophe (on Amazon via Britains Channel 4) did earn a writing nomination for Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. Aziz Ansari and Netflix’s Masters of None broke through. The Emmys remembered Lily Tomlin, too! More to come. But first, the actual nominees.

Lead Actor, Comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
  • William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Will Forte, Last Man on Earth (FOX)
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Lead Actress, Comedy

  • Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On (HBO)
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Comedy Series

  • black-ish (ABC)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Production Design, Variety, Reality or Nonfiction

  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Episode

  • Catastrophe, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan (Amazon)
  • Master of None, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang (Netflix)
  • Silicon Valley, Dan O’Keefe (HBO)
  • Silicon Valley, Alec Berg (HBO)
  • Veep, David Mandel (HBO)
  • Veep, Alex Gregory and Peter Hucyk (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Episode

  • Master of None, Aziz Ansari (Netflix)
  • Silicon Valley, Alec Berg (HBO)
  • Silicon Valley, Mike Judge (HBO)
  • Transparent, Jill Soloway (Amazon)
  • Veep, Chris Addison (HBO)
  • Veep, David Mandel (HBO)
  • Veep, Dale Stern (HBO)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Episode

  • Inside Amy Schumer, Ryan McFaul (Comedy Central)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Paul Pennolino (HBO)
  • Saturday Night Live, Don Roy King (NBC)
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden, Tim Mancinelli (CBS)
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, David Diomedi (NBC)

Chris Rock was included in Variety Special Directing for taking on Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (HBO).

Bill Murray’s A Very Murray Christmas for Netflix is among the noms for Outstanding TV Movie.

Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen and Adam Schlesinger are up for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in a TV Series for “Settle For Me” from The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

As are Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci for “Frozen Lullaby” from their Vimeo comedy special.

In Outstanding Variety Special, Amy Schumer’s HBO stand-up and James Corden’s primetime Carpool Karaoke are up against Adele, Beyonce and the Kennedy Center Honors.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets (FX)
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
  • Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Niecy Nash, Getting On (HBO)
  • Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent (Amazon)
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

  • Amy Schumer, Live at the Apollo (HBO)
  • John Mulaney, The Comeback Kid (Netflix)
  • Patton Oswalt, Talking for Clapping (Netflix)
  • Tig Notaro, Boyish Girl Interrupted (HBO)
  • Triumph’s Election Special 2016 (Hulu)

This year’s HBO documentaries on the late Mike Nichols and the late Nora Ephron both got recognized.

Outstanding Animated Program

  • Archer (FX)
  • Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
  • Phineas and Ferb Last Day of Summer (Disney XD)
  • South Park (Comedy Central)
  • The Simpsons (FOX)

Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program

  • Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
  • Robot Chicken (Adult Swim)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
  • Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  • The Powerpuff Girls (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

  • Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane (FOX)
  • South Park, Trey Parker (Comedy Central)
  • South Park, Matt Stone (Comedy Central)
  • SuperMansion, Keegan-Michael Key (Crackle)
  • SuperMansion, Chris Pine (Crackle)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

  • Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Larry David, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon)
  • Martin Mull, Veep (HBO)
  • Peter MacNicol, Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Guess Actress in a Comedy

  • Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Melora Hardin, Transparent (Amazon)

Laurie Metcalf also earned an honor for guesting in Louis CK’s independent production of Horace and Pete! Horace and Pete also racked up an editing nod for Gina Sansom for episode three.

Team Coco’s Conan on TBS is up for Outstanding Interactive Program, against the interactive features for HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s Talking Dead, SNL, and Late Late Show.

Angie Tribeca on TBS, FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and NBC’s SNL scored points for their Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell on CNN is up for Outstanding Structured Reality.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • Documentary Now! (IFC)
  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Short Form (Comedy or Drama)

  • Rob Corddry, Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
  • Rob Huebel, Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
  • Lou Diamond Phillips, The Crossroads of History (History)
  • Oscar Nunez, The Crossroads of History (History)
  • Jack McBrayer, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell (Adult Swim)

Outstanding Actress in a Short Form (Comedy or Drama)

  • Patrika Darbo, Acting Dead (online)
  • Erinn Hayes, Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
  • Janet Varney, Everyone’s Crazy But Us (Funny or Die)
  • Michelle Ang, Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 (AMC)
  • Tracie Thorns, Send Me (online funded by Indiegogo)

Outstanding Short Form Program

  • Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
  • Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 (AMC)
  • Hack Into Broad City (
  • Her Story (YouTube)
  • UnREAL The Auditions (Lifetime)

Jay Leno’s Garage on is up for Short Form Nonfiction or Reality.

Outstanding Short Form Variety

  • Epic Rap Battles of History (YouTube)
  • Gay of Thrones (Funny Or Die)
  • Honest Trailers (YouTube)
  • Making a Scene with James Franco (AOL)
  • Park Bench with Steve Buscemi (AOL)


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