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For Your Consideration: Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy

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Eric Liebowitz/Netflix; John P. Fleenor/HBO; John P. Fleenor/Fox

This year EW is here to help with our first-ever For Your Consideration issue. We have curated the bajillion shows and performances (give or take a million) eligible for Emmy nominations to help voters select their top picks. Consider this a sneak peek into the nomination process and an early guide to the awards, which air Sept. 18 on ABC.

T.J. Miller

Silicon Valley (HBO)

It’s not just Ehrlich’s love of pot that makes Silicon’s not-so-secret weapon such a blunt force—it’s the offbeat heat provided by the man who plays him. Often improvised by Miller, Ehrlich’s cutting lines are equal parts hilarious and harsh (see: the string of ageist insults he dropped on Pied Piper’s CEO).

Andre Baugher

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

No one has better deadpan command than Braugher. As exacting Captain Holt, a man who wishes the sky were tan because it’s a no-nonsense color, he was found guilty of scene-stealing, especially in season 3’s final eps, which had him facing off against a Holt-ian clone (guest star Dennis Haysbert).

Tituss Burgess

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Ferocious doesn’t even begin to describe Burgess’ colorful character, who came to the Kimmy party this year armed with even more raucous zingers and Titus-isms than in his memorable first season. If Burgess doesn’t earn favor this year for his alter ego’s timid tiptoe into romance, it’s a big WTF—and no, we don’t mean Kimmy’s “Well, that’s funny” version. 

Danny Feld/Comedy Central; Comedy Central; Lacey Terrell/HBO

Tony Hale

Veep (HBO)

Few on TV define the word supporting like Hale’s Gary. Whether carrying the president’s purse or ushering out a secret lover, he does it all with a zeal typically reserved for cult members. Thanks to Hale’s magnificent timing and physicality (those faces!), he always stands out, even in the background.

Keegan-Michael Key

Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

The case for Key—who’s often showy but always strong—is clear. Just look at his side- splitting performance as the beleaguered boyfriend Andre, or as the kookier half of rap duo OutKast, or as a confused newcomer in the “Negrotown” musical number. Besides, he’s way funnier than that Peele guy!

Jordan Peele

Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

The case for Peele — who’s often subtle but always strong — is clear. Just look at his sidesplitting performance as the needy girlfriend Meegan, or as the chiller half of rap duo OutKast, or as a singing tour guide in the “Negrotown” musical number. Besides, he’s way funnier than that Key guy!