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Somehow, the Emmys are already upon us. The telecast is airing nearly a month earlier than usual this year, and on a Monday (August 25 at 8pm on NBC), to boot. Although many of the nominees didn't quite satisfy our dream choices, we here at TV.com are still committed to making sure the best possible people and shows take home the shiny trophies. Yesterday, we kicked things off with the miniseries races, and today we're all about those big LOLs in the comedy categories. Will Modern Family's reign of terror continue, or will great contenders like Orange Is the Black and Veep pry the trophies away from ABC's cold, dead hands? Regardless of the outcome, here's who we believe deserves some new hardware.


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), and Tony Hale (Veep)

RECENT WINNERS: 

Tony Hale (2013), Eric Stonestreet (2012), and Ty Burrell (2011)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Andre Braugher | Cory: Tony Hale | Jen: Andre Braugher 

Kaitlin: Andre Braugher | Nick: Fred Armisen | Noel: Andre Braugher | Tim: Tony Hale

WHY FRED ARMISEN SHOULD WIN: Can you think of another sketch comedy series that has a richer mythology than Portlandia? It's like Fred Armisen wanted to do a show where he could be every returning character he ever wanted to be without a live audience or Lorne Michaels' Canadian browbeating holding him back. And he's kind of amazing in all of them. I finally get Fred Armisen. —Nick Campbell

WHY ANDRE BRAUGHER SHOULD WIN: Throughout Brooklyn Nine-Nine's first season, the show's MVP often wasn't one of the comedians in the cast, but Andre Braugher, an actor known for his more serious roles on HomicideGideon's Crossing, and Men of a Certain Age. As Captain Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Braugher manages to elevate deadpanning to new heights in increasingly absurd situations—never cracking a smile, never allowing Holt's serious and stoic personality to slip, explaining in crisp and clear tones that he finds Wii Tennis "very intuitive" and that he's already seen Safe House (he enjoyed it). I mean, the guy even managed to deadpan a pop-and-lock. On a show of clowns, Braugher has become the funniest member of the cast by not playing "funny" at all. —Noel Kirkpatrick


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Allison Janney (Mom), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black)

RECENT WINNERS: 

Merritt Wever (2013) and Julie Bowen (2011 and 2012)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Anna Chlumsky | Cory: Kate Mulgrew | Jen: Kate McKinnon 

Kaitlin: Allison Janney | Nick: Kate McKinnon | Noel: Kate Mulgrew | Tim: Kate Mulgrew

WHY KATE McKINNON SHOULD WIN: As much as I love Anna Chlumsky on Veep and Kate Mulgrew on Orange Is the New Black and even Allison Janney on Mom, the crazy-eyed Kate McKinnon is becoming as invaluable to Saturday Night Live as Kristen Wiig was before her. While the sketch show will always have its ups and downs, McKinnon is a constant highlight, fully committing to every character she plays, whether she's doing more "routine" SNL stuff like impersonating German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Ellen or going all out with Russian peasant lady Olya Povlatsky or licking Louis C.K.'s face. Plus, seriously, those eyes. —Jen Trolio

WHY ALLISON JANNEY SHOULD WIN: Mom might not be the best show on TV—it's not even the second, the third, or the fourth best show—but Allison Janney's performance as Bonnie is noteworthy in that she manages to make vagina jokes work. We've known for years that she's capable of delivering the drama (four Emmy wins for The West Wing, plus a brand-new one for Masters of Sex, prove that) but her comedic timing has always been an underrated strength. On Mom, she's run the gamut of emotions, expertly and admirably combining humor and heart, and I can't help but love this other side of her. Kaitlin Thomas


LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Ricky Gervais (Derek), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), William H. Macy (Shameless), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

RECENT WINNERS: J

im Parsons (2013 and 2011) and Jon Cryer (2012)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: N/A | Cory: Jim Parsons | Jen: Louis C.K. | Kaitlin: Louis C.K. | Nick: Louis C.K.

Noel: William H. Macy | Tim: Louis C.K.

WHY WILLIAM H. MACY SHOULD WIN: Frank has suffered from not-so-great-writing and plotting for most of Shameless's existence, but Macy always makes it work, somehow. He's just that good. While his big moment in Season 4's "Lazarus" wasn't comedic in the slightest (worth noting: Shameless can be funny, but it isn't a comedy), it was still a great big moment for Macy and for Frank, hitting the arrogantly sad triumph of an addict who beat the odds..and then just that sweet hit of sadness. In a category where I haven't seen the performances (LeBlanc, Gervais), not really enamored with the performance (C.K.), am sort of over the performance (Parsons), or just abhor the show in general (Cheadle in House of Lies), I'm voting like probably many an actual Emmy voter and picking the name of the performer I generally like best. —Noel Kirkpatrick

WHY LOUIS C.K. SHOULD WIN: Though it's often difficult to see Louie as a comedy—especially after Season 4—there's no denying that Louis C.K. is an unbelievably skilled performer. It's harder to play the average, schlubby everyman than he makes it look, and no one does dark comedy mixed with pathos better than C.K. does. —Jen Trolio


LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)

RECENT WINNERS: 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2012 and 2013) and Melissa McCarthy (2011)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Amy Poehler | Cory: Julia Louis-Dreyfus | Jen: Amy Poehler | Kaitlin: Amy Poehler

Nick: Amy Poehler | Noel: Taylor Schilling | Tim: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

WHY AMY POEHLER SHOULD WIN: Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope is a Care Bear Stare personified, an intense and irresistible force who musters the best in everyone in her path. On paper, she’s a character who would be very easy to get wrong in any number of ways. Instead, Amy Poehler’s winning warmth and superlative comedic skill have made Leslie a person who’s all too rare on contemporary TV: someone whose exceptional brains and ability are matched by unflappable decency and empathy. It’s a performance that deserves to earn at least one Emmy before Parks and Recreation concludes its run after next season. —Andy Daglas

WHY JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS SHOULD WIN: Going chalk is never fun, especially with the Emmys, but when we're talking about someone as good as Julia Louis-Dreyfus is on Veep, you have to embrace the value of repeat winners. Louis-Drefyus showed a few new sides to Vice President-turned-President (maybe) Selina Meyer in the show's third season, particularly in her more dramatic submission episode, "Crate." Jam-packed category be damned; the queen stays the queen —Cory Barker


OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

The Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep

RECENT WINNERS: 

Modern Family (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Veep | Cory: Orange Is the New Black | Jen: Orange Is the New Black | 

Kaitlin: Veep Nick: Louie | Noel: Orange Is the New Black  

Tim: Orange Is the New Black

WHY ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SHOULD WIN: This is a year where all six nominees have some kind of real shot of winning, but it HAS to be Orange Is the New Black, right? Sure, it's not just a comedy, but neither are Louie or even Veep, at times. That first season blindsided many of us, telling a wonderful story filled to the brim with lively characters we couldn't wait to see again. Modern Family, kiss your winning streak goodbye. —Cory Barker

WHY LOUIE SHOULD WIN: Inconsistent? Maybe. More shots of a middle-aged man's pasty behind than you'd hoped? Definitely. But there's no show deeper in the trenches of comedic-format warfare than Louie—Nick Campbell


Who do you think should win in this year's comedy races?


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AIRED ON 9/20/2015

Season 67 : Episode 1

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And you choose to show the rape scene in Louis under Outstanding Comedy Series why?

Guess rape is funny here.

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That's not the rape scene - there was no rape scene - he tries to push Pamela into the bedroom earlier but in this scene he's just trying to kiss her. If you're gonna cry "rape" - get your facts straight at least.
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Praise dog no one picked that useless POS Gervais. Who should go away NOW.

Which means he will probably get the Emmy.
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I picked Gervais - whose comedy is a bit above your head I'm guessing... or maybe you just don't like his rape jokes...
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I just can't accept OITNB as a comedy series. It's drama with a lot of black humor but comedy? That's not fair to the real comedies.
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I've seen every episode of OITNB and I don't get the appeal of taylor schilling as a comedy actress or an actress. she'd probably end up in my list of annoying actors in shows that I watch.
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I'm sure the best supporting actress wuld be Mayim or Allison.

For some reason I can't picture the winer on any other category this year. So I'm ready to be amazed.
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I just realised that Taylor Schilling without make-up looks like Jared Leto without make-up and facial hair... sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit
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Good job choosing pictures to represent the best comedy series. My favourite is the one for Louie, in which he's attempting to rape Pam. Hilarious stuff.
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It's a notable photo!

(Not funny though.)
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why no community?
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Probably because the season was a bit inconsistent - but I agree - I would pick Community over any of the comedies nominated...
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It really feels like Netflix only nominated Orange is The New Black as a comedy because they knew they will win everything in this category, but not in drama.
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In my dream world this is how the Emmys should go down:

Best Supporting Actor: JEREMY ALLEN WHITE
Best Supporting Actress: EMMA KENNEY
Best Lead Actor: WILLIAM H. MACY
Best Lead Actress: EMMY ROSSUM
Best Comedy: SHAMELESS
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Guess what, we don't have to guess who won Best Animated Program because we already found out. It was Bob's Burgers.

Someday cartoons will get enough respect from the Emmy committee that the award will be an actual part of the program. Someday.....
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My picks are Fred Armisen or Tony Hale( I love both), Kate McKinnon, Louis C.K., Amy Poehler( It is about time she gets an Emmy for Parks she really deserves it), and Veep.
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Silicon Valley, Veep & TBBT get my vote

Modern Family has waned as of later (despite what my brother says)

I have yet to watch OITB & Louie, there on my list of things i need to watch at some point but i'm in no hurry to watch them

Veep season 3 was superb, i was not a massive fan of Veep in it's first season, but season 2 was an improvement and season 3 was hilarious throughout and Julia Louie-Dreyfus is as impressive as she was in Seinfeld. Highly underrated actress

I thought Silicon Valley's Pilot was highly overrated on this site, i enjoyed it and all but didn't think it was that funny, or nothing new. Then as weeks went by, i fell in love with the show and when the final episode aired, i longed for it to return. Apart from Hello Ladies (which was mindbogglingly cancelled by a network i usually have high praise for, yet Getting On was renewed, hmmmmmmm) Silicon Valley was definitely the best comedy of the 2013/2014 season

Despite having a lot of hate among TV watchers, TBBT continues to make me laugh every episode. I just love Sheldon, so i guess i am just biased here. I dont think it is as good as some comedies that deserve the praise (& better viewers) *Ahem* Community *Ahem* but i still love the show.
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OITNB is in the comedy category because they thought they stand a better chance there than in the drama category. I hope Amy Poehler will finally win. I would also like to see Kate Mulgrew and OITNB winning. It's time that Emmy voters finally recognise TBBT and Modern Family as bad shows.
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My picks would be Andre Braugher, Kate Mulgrew, William H. Macy, Amy Poehler and OITNB.
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Some pretty good choices there..
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Since when Orange Is The New Black is a comedy? Compare it to ... Modern Family, that is a comedy, boring after season 2, but a comedy. The Big Bang Theory is a comedy, still makes me laugh, and Sheldon gets better and better (maybe not so much the other side characters). But do really people in the USA see Orange Is The New Black as a comedy? if so, then we outside USA don´t get anything really. Still, I had given an Emmy to Orange Is The New Black because it´s original. Unfortunately most comedies today are boring and little original. And at the end of the day: Who cares about the Emmys? I am loyal to the comedies I like (not all from USA) and I won´t change because of the awards. But really, Orange a comedy?... hard to understand.
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It's always hard with dramedies, Grey's Anatomy was nominated as a drama too. But Modern Family, Veep, and Big Bang are sitcoms, laugh machines, a comedy can be more subtil, and the general tone of OITNB is more comedy than drama, like Weeds, The Big C, or Nurse Jackie, even if they are not "laugh machines".

And it's the show's producers who choose in witch category they submit their show, so don't blame the Emmy.

(I'm also form "outside USA" and I consider OITNB as a comedy.)
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But OITB's running time ranges from 45 minutes to one hour
Weeds, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Veep etc all range from 25-30 minutes (some sitcoms have extended episodes but they tend to be a rarity)

Grey's Anatomy is NOT a comedy, it can be funny at times but it ridiculous people label it a comedy as well as a drama

There are very few shows that don't have both genres integrated in them

The West Wing was hilarious but that was a Drama

I remember when wikipedia & IMDb labelled Breaking Bad a black comedy early in it's run, fine, it is darkly funny, but it is a DRAMA in it's core

The running time should be the main factor that divides a sitcom/comedy to drama/dramedy

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Breaking Bad was a comedy in it first season, it was kind of a male version of Weeds, than it turned complete Drama after that.

And Grey's Anatomy was much more funny in the 2 first seasons also, not comedy funny but still, not really a Drama...

Anyway, I think OITNB is more a comedy because of it's general tone, dramatic situations never blow, it's always diffuse by some tongue in chick humor, you never feel scared for the main characters, it's set in a prison but there is no real danger, it's not OZ, and all the characters are funny. There for... tada ! it's a comedy.
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You think OITNB isn't dramatic enough... I am a guy and there was clearly enough sense of danger throughout the show's run (season 1 finale was epic) even with its black humour. Its a brilliant show, but I would never categorize it as a comedy.
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This always bothers me about the Emmys
Glee is even classed as a comedy over there. OITB is apparently very funny, but so was The Sopranos and that is definitely a Drama

The Emmys contradict themselves every year
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Even Dexter was funnier than Orange is the New Black. I laughed often with Dexter´s thoughts ;)
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A lot of these are comedies like Spiderman is a comedy. Not meant to be funny but there's some decent humor in spots. Louie can be very funny, but every time I try to go back he ends up quickly pissing me off. TBBT and MF make me laugh out loud consistently, as do Veep and Episodes. As much as I like Orange, it's not really something I watch to laugh. They need to rethink this catagory--not that I care about the Emmys--EVER.
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Not Modern Family, seriously, get over it already
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Honestly who watches House of Lies? Only Emmy Voters apparently.

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Veronica Mars fanbase?
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I watch this very occasionally--because of Kristen Bell. I love her in anything, because she's pretty great. The show can be irreverently funny, but it's really not a good show.
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Silicon Valley FTW.
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Modern Family and Big Bang Theory do not deserve to win anything ever again.
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I'm with you on TBBT. In fact, it has never deserved to win, but now is the point when we should finally stop rewarding it. MF has been slightly more deserving than TBBT, but it is true that we should also stop giving awards to MF and start regognizing other shows too.
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Says you. TBBT is a funny show, as is MF. That's why they both win consitently. Comedy=Funny is how I see it. James Earl Jones, Stephen Hawking, Bob Newhart, and many others think it's funny--and so do most of us.
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Yeah, well, what does Hawking know?
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Everything, apparently.
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Orange Is The New Black just because.
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Because it's funny? It's good, but not what I'd call funny.
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