Day: June 18, 2019

All of the 2019 Emmy-eligible stand-up comedy specials

The Television Academy published the official nomination ballots last week, with voting open now until June 24. Nominees will be announced July 16. Let’s take a look at the category most coveted by stand-up comedians: Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded). It’s a relatively new category, renamed last year in an attempt by the Emmys to carve out separate spaces for live events (such as the other awards telecasts for the Grammys, Oscars, Tonys) and the burgeoning group of comedy specials. And yet, for the period running from June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019, there’s still so much competing with...

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