Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
See why Matt LeBlanc, Larry David, Bernie Mac, Eric McCormack, Ray Romano, and Tony Shalhoub are Emmy's favorites
LARRY DAVID, ''CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM'' As writer and producer of ''Curb'' and ''Seinfeld,'' David has earned 14 Emmy nominations. (He won two trophies in 1993 for his ''Seinfeld'' duties, including penning the notorious ''master of my domain'' episode.) Now he has his first acting nomination, for playing a cranky, spoiled version of... himself.
BERNIE MAC, ''THE BERNIE MAC SHOW'' Two-time nominee Mac gets laughs as TV's grumpiest (or is it most honest?) father figure. Offscreen, this Original King of Comedy gushes over his mama in his new autobiography, ''Maybe You Never Cry Again.''
ERIC MCCORMACK, ''WILL & GRACE'' His gay lawyer, Will, may be the most lovelorn guy on TV, but he's earned the actor three Emmy nominations, including one win in 2001. Next year, during his show's summer break, McCormack will make his writing/directing debut on a romantic comedy feature film, based on an idea by his wife, Janet Holden.
RAY ROMANO, ''EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND'' He's been nominated five times for playing Ray Barone (he won last year) and six times for his work writing and producing ''Raymond.'' In May, Romano renewed his contract in a deal worth up to $50 million, making him the highest paid performer on TV.
TONY SHALHOUB, ''MONK'' His citation for playing Adrian Monk, whose obsessive-compulsive behavior makes him a superb detective but a nervous wreck of a man, marks the first Emmy nomination in Shalhoub's career. He made ''Monk'' a hit series on two networks (USA and ABC) and earned a Golden Globe for the role in early 2003.