Best Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 1 Joel McHale, Community
McHale is the king of snark, which made him the perfect choice for prickly, self-obsessed Jeff Winger. But here’s the surprise: As Jeff continued to (however reluctantly) embrace his role as leader of the study group and Greendale in season 2, McHale matured into a genuine leading man who can make you laugh, swoon, then laugh again.
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Best Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 2 Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope
As the adorably lunk-headed Burt Chance, the deserving Dillahunt was overshadowed by Emmy-nominated costars Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman.
Best Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 3 Zachary Levi, Chuck
There will always be a whole lotta love for this hot, cool nerd. (Watch Levi accept his 2009 EWwy statue.)
Best Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 4 James Roday, Psych
As hilarious as Roday’s portrayal of police consultant Shawn Spencer is….
Best Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 5 Dulé Hill, Psych
…Shawn needs his best friend and reluctant partner Gus to bring him back to earth. (And they can dance!)
Best Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 6 Jason Schwartzman, Bored to Death
As the glue that holds unlikely buddies Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis together, Schwartzman’s Jonathan is the unsung hero of HBO’s oddball Brooklyn-based comedy.</p.
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Joel McHale, Community
Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope
Zachary Levi, Chuck
James Roday, Psych
Dule Hill, Psych
Jason Schwartzman, Bored to Death
Best Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 1 Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
”As wrong as it was to never show the love during her Friends run, it’s even worse now,” says commenter Katie. ”She does a great job of walking the fine line between crazy but lovable and please-kill-her-off crazy.”
Best Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 2 Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Her performance seems more dramatic than comedic, but come on — she’s playing four roles.
Best Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 3 Lea Michele, Glee
The all-around player ”pulls off the comedy, music, and drama of the show beautifully,” says commenter Alex.
Best Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 4 Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
The Showtime series may have gone downhill, but Parker continues to bring it as drug dealer/iced coffee enthusiast Nancy Botwin.
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Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Lea Michele, Glee
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 1 Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
If for some bizarre reason the beefy pyramid of greatness doesn’t triumph, this category’s winner will have earned ”the rarest jewel of all: victory over me, Ron Swanson.”
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 2 Danny Pudi, Community
If Joel McHale’s Jeff is the brains of the study group, Pudi’s pop-culture loving Abed is its heart. That the character viewers relate most to is the one who’s supposed to be the most socially awkward is a testament to Pudi’s performance. He allows for robotic, meta Abed to be the gateway into the show’s brilliant theme episodes, and to deliver lines that, in the end, cut through the charade.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 3 Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
”Um. Why is Jon Cryer in NPH’s spot?” says commenter MKS. ”How can the Emmys ignore Barney’s tear-jerking yet touchingly funny journey with his reunion with his father?”
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 4 Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation
For Ben Wyatt’s ultimate shame spiral in season 3’s ”Media Blitz” alone, Scott deserves this. The believable, slow-burning sexual tension between Ben and Leslie is just a bonus.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 5 Charlie Day, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Truthfully, after six seasons watching Day as lovable, mildly illiterate Charlie, most fans would laugh just looking at him. But that’s been earned by years of acting out Charlie’s most inane schemes and statements with a level of commitment that keeps a manchild who wields a rat stick for a living not only believable, but also someone you’d like to pal around with (like a puppy).
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominee No. 6 Bill Hader, SNL
His impressions (Dateline‘s Keith Morrison, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange) are always spot-on, but Hader’s original character Stefon (based on an uneasy coffee shop baristo) took on a life of its own this season.
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Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation
Charlie Day, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Danny Pudi, Community
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 1 Busy Philipps, Cougar Town
We tip our imaginary opera gloves to Laurie Keller, founder of The Larmy.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 2 Alison Brie, Community
Good girls everywhere owe Brie a thank you for proving they can be cute and sexy ? at least if they have Annie’s big blue eyes, ability to have chemistry with anyone (Jeff, sure, but Abed?), and let’s just say it, boobs. With Brie, Annie’s coming-of-age story hits the funny bone and the heartstrings.
Best Supporting Acress in a Comedy nominee No. 3 Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The unsung hero of the FX comedy is one of TV’s most fearless comediennes, transcending Sweet Dee from traditional sitcom straight woman to someone who’s just as selfish and wrong as the wild and crazy guys. Her tongue is sharp, but she’s also a master of physical comedy, which allows her to steal episodes — like the season 6 one in which the gang bought a boat and she learned some amazing dance moves from an inflatable green man.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 4 Heather Morris, Glee
An unassuming one-liner from Brittany S. Pierce can always save a dragging Glee scene. Also, two words: Britney episode.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 5 Eden Sher, The Middle
Sher has great timing and energy as Sue Heck, the awkward middle child who never fails at failing. That’s a win, right?
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominee No. 6 Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation
Sometimes all she has to do is glare.
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Busy Philipps, Cougar Town
Kaitlin Olson, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation
Heather Morris, Glee
Eden Sher, The Middle
Alison Brie, Community
Best Comedy nominee No. 1 Cougar Town
We hate the title as much as the producers do, but everything else about this Florida-set modern-day Friends is pure magic. Penny caaaaaaan!
Best Comedy nominee No. 2 Community
If you don’t believe us when we say this show has grown into one of TV’s most inventive comedies ? we’re already looking forward to the annual paintball war and Abed’s next birthday ? you may believe Modern Family creator Steve Levitan who, after the show was shut out by the Emmys, tweeted “You were robbed” to Community creator Dan Harmon.
Best Comedy nominee No. 3 Raising Hope
Frank and funny, Fox’s 2010 no-frills freshman underdog looks strong heading into season 2.
Best Comedy nominee No. 4 How I Met Your Mother
Season 6 of CBS’ consistent comedy brought a pregnancy, daddy issues, and guest star Kyle MacLachlan. (And fine, Katy Perry, too). The gang’s still got it.
Best Comedy nominee No. 5 Archer
FX’s animated spy series is off-the-wall and intelligent at once. And the voice of Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) never hurt anyone.
Best Comedy nominee No. 6 Louie
Commenter Good Lord sums it up: ”They’ll nominate CK for acting while ignoring that it’s the best comedy on television?”
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