If TV.com Ran the Emmys: Our Dream Nominees for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

By Kaitlin Thomas

Jun 12, 2014

The 2014 Emmy nominations ballots are out, which means it's time to decide whose names we'd like to hear called on Thursday, July 10 when the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences announces the shows and actors who're officially in the running for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

I asked some of my fellow TV.com staffers to join me in choosing our dream nominees, and after hours of internal debates and monologues that would make even Scrubs' JD tell us to shut up already, we've boldly narrowed down our picks—and as you'll see at the bottom of this page, we're prepared to defend them, too!

Each day for the next couple weeks, we'll be bringing you our highly sought-after, well-respected, and very prolific thoughts and opinions on which shows and actors should make the cut. Yesterday we revealed our selections for Supporting Actress in a Comedy, and today we're discussing their male counterparts.


WHY HANNIBAL BURESS: On Broad City, Buress's laid-back style and occasional bouts of wide-eyed wonder offer the perfect antithesis to his F-buddy Ilana's exaggerated spaz-outs, making him the ideal supporting actor. There are other gents on this list, like Nick Offerman and Jim Rash, who command the room with in-your-face performances, but Buress is the kind of quiet actor who draws you in. However, if we're breaking down Buress's award-worthy work in layman's terms, sometimes a dude is just funny. AND he plays a dentist. — Tim Surette

WHY TONY HALE: Hale took home this trophy last year, ending Modern Family's three-year reign. And even though I rarely advocate for repeat winners, the Veep actor's turn as Gary, Selina's put-upon bag man, is worthy of the honor for the way he effortlessly and hilariously embodies the quiet, oddball character without making him feel too much like a cartoon. Gary is supposed to be invisible but constantly present, and Hale has infused the character with the perfect mix of awkward quirks and humanness. No one would fault the actor if Gary was overshadowed by the show's more in-your-face characters (of which there are quite a few), but Hale's subtle performance is actually what makes him stand out. — Kaitlin Thomas

Who would YOU nominate for Supporting Actor in a Comedy?

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  • tigerstripes88 Jun 19, 2014

    I'm shocked Noel Fisher from Shameless didn't make the list! One of the best performances on TV this season. Period.

  • NatalyParent Jun 14, 2014

    Andy Samberg, Terry Crews and Andre Braugher from Brooklyn Nine Nine, I really love that show. Parker Young (Enlisted). Lamorne Morris (New Girl), always doing something funny in the background.

  • KeithAllison2 Jun 14, 2014

    Timothy Simons was funny as heck in Veep. Absolutely stole the season for me. He might end up my favorite Supporting performance of the season.

  • docspector Jun 14, 2014

    First off, Donald Glover should only be eligible for "best guest role"; he was in less than half the season.

    That said, can we invent a new category for "best ensemble cast"? For those shows where, rather than ask one character/actor to carry the show (Hello, Mr. Parsons), the work is equally divided amongst four or more cast members.

  • Big_Pecks Jun 14, 2014

    Nick Offerman - Parks and Rec
    Chris Pratt - Parks and Rec
    Jim Rash - Community
    Andre Braugher - Brookyln 99
    Lamorne Morris - New Girl
    And I can't even name a 6th. The field is kind of small, so it may be possible to see these.

  • ben45tpy Jun 14, 2014

    This one's especially tough, they really should add a category for ensemble, it's a completely different thing to supporting. Anyway my picks:
    Joel McHale, Jim Rash, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Christoher Evan Welch, Pablo Schreider. Welch has to win of course.

  • DirgeNovak Jun 13, 2014

    Pablo Schreiber? I agree he's great, but he had like five minutes of screen time this season. He'd have deserved a nomination in 2013, but not this year.

    Anyway, my list: Danny Pudi (Community), Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Nick Sandow (Orange Is The New Black) and Parker Young (Enlisted).

  • thekaitling Jun 13, 2014

    These nominations are for the period of June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014, therefore Schreiber's nomination is for Season 1 of Orange Is the New Black, not Season 2.

  • DirgeNovak Jun 13, 2014

    Oh. Carry on, then.

  • AndrLima2 Jun 13, 2014

    Andre Braugher, Tony Hale, Danny Pudi, Nick Offerman, Timothy Simmons & Ike Barinholtz

  • Gorand2055 Jun 13, 2014

    Troy Gentile - The Goldbergs
    Andre Braugher - Brooklyn nine-nine
    Nolan Gould - Modern Family
    Garrett Dillahunt - Raising Hope
    Kunal Nayyar - Big Bang Theory
    Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother

  • JT_Kirk Jun 13, 2014

    C'mon Noel, how is Keegan-Michael Key a SUPPORTING actor on his titular show?

  • thekaitling Jun 13, 2014

    Dude submitted himself as supporting. I don't get it either.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 14, 2014

    It's a trap!

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