Emmy Predictions: Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Jerrod Carmichael’s Breakout Year Deserves Multiple Nominations

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UPDATED: June 8, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:

A breakout performer of the TV year, Jerrod Carmichael had a killer week that involved his stand-up special dropping on HBO and his memorable hosting gig on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” a show with many winners in this category.

Oscar Isaac is contending with two performances in lead actor limited for HBO’s “Scenes From a Marriage” and Disney+’s “Moon Knight.” After being snubbed for “Show Me a Hero” in 2015 and being an executive producer on both of the series, a fifth shot at an Emmy nom could come for his brilliant commitment to hosting the long-running sketch comedy series.

As deli chain owner Teddy Dimas, Nathan Lane owns each Hulu’s murder-mystery series scene that he’s in. He could become the most nominated actor in the history of the guest actor comedy category (beginning in 1975). Lane and the late Fred Willard are currently tied with the most noms in the category, with five each.

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Deaf actor James Caverly will try to land a spot alongside his co-star Lane, and his chances are improving. With Troy Kotsur becoming the second Deaf actor to win an Oscar for “CODA,” there is a renewed effort to recognize more diverse acting talents. Unfortunately, only one Deaf person in history has won an Emmy in any category. Time to change that.

James Lance’s Trent Crimm is back again for the second season of Apple’s Emmy-winning comedy series. Making his mark on four episodes this year, Lance could land his first Emmy nom for his extraordinary work as a sports reporter.

There’s also the double dose of the men from “Hacks” with Devon Sawa and Christopher McDonald heavy in the discussion, as long as they don’t vote split.

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The nomination round of voting runs from June 16 to June 27. The official nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 12.

The list of programs and potential nominees listed below is incomplete and is subject to change. The full television awards season calendar is linked here.

2021 category winner: Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

CONTENDER

SERIES

NETWORK

1

Nathan Lane

“Only Murders in the Building”

Hulu

2

James Caverly

“Only Murders in the Building”

Hulu

3

Jerrod Carmichael

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

4

James Lance

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

5

Oscar Isaac

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

6

Devon Sawa

“Hacks”

HBO/HBO Max

NEXT IN LINE

7

Conan O’Brien

“Murderville”

Netflix

8

Jason Sudeikis

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

9

Christopher McDonald

“Hacks”

HBO/HBO Max

10

Benedict Cumberbatch

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

ALSO IN CONTENTION

11

LeRoy McClain

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Amazon Prime Video

12

Sting

“Only Murders in the Building”

Hulu

13

Miguel Sandoval

“Barry”

HBO/HBO Max

14

Orlando Jones

“Abbott Elementary”

ABC

15

Bill Hader

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

16

Kumail Nanjiani

“Murderville”

Netflix

17

Jason Isaacs

“The Great”

Hulu

18

Sam Richardson

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

19

Sharlto Copley

“Russian Doll”

Netflix

20

David Duchovny

“The Chair”

Netflix

UNRANKED CONTENDERS

Albert Brooks

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

Andrew Bachelor

“Black-ish”

ABC

Anthony Head

“Ted Lasso”

Netflix

Billy Eichner

“Dickinson”

Apple TV+

Caldwell Tidicue

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

Colton Dunn

“Grand Crew”

NBC

Common

“Never Have I Ever”

Netflix

Craig Robinson

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

NBC

Danny DeVito

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

HBO/HBO Max

David Alan Grier

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

EJ Johnson

“With Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Eric Andre

“The Righteous Gemstones”

HBO

Forest Whitaker

“Young Rock”

NBC

Fred Savage

“The Afterparty”

Apple TV+

George Clooney

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

HBO/HBO Max

Gideon Glick

“The Other Two”

HBO/HBO Max

Isaiah Mustafa

“Black-ish”

ABC

Jake Gyllenhaal

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

James Urbaniak

“Made for Love”

HBO/HBO Max

Jason MacDonald

“Welcome to Flatch”

Fox

Jason Schwartzman

“I Love That for You”

Showtime

Jeremiah Kraft

“Girls5eva”

Peacock

Jeremy O. Harris

“Emily in Paris”

Netflix

John Mulaney

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

John Early

“Killing It”

Peacock

John Marshall Jones

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

John Waters

“Search Party”

HBO/HBO Max

Jonathan Groff

“Life and Beth”

Hulu

Jonathan Majors

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Josh Gad

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

Kalen Allen

“With Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Keith Arthur Bolden

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Kel Mitchell

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

Kevin Makely

“Young Rock”

NBC

Kieran Culkin

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Kofi Siriboe

“Insecure”

HBO/HBO Max

Lance Reddick

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

Marc Evan Jackson

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

NBC

Mario Cantone

“Girls5eva”

Peacock

Marshawn Lynch

“Murderville”

Netflix

Martin Short

“Schmigadoon!”

Apple TV+

Michael Ealy

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

Neil Flynn

“Girls5eva”

Peacock

Owen Wilson

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Paul Rudd

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Paul Walter Hauser

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Peter Gallagher

“Grace and Frankie”

Netflix

Rami Malek

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Reid Scott

“The Afterparty”

Apple TV+

Reid Scott

“Black-ish”

ABC

Richard E. Grant

“The Outlaws”

Amazon Prime Video

Rizwan Manji

“Atypical”

Netflix

Robert Ray Wisdom

“Barry”

HBO/HBO Max

Ronny Chieng

“Young Rock”

NBC

Ryan Phillippe

“I Love That for You”

Showtime

Sean Astin

“Young Rock”

NBC

Seth Rogen

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

Simu Liu

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Tahj Mowry

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

Theo Germaine

“Work in Progress”

Showtime

Tim Bagley

“Grace and Frankie”

Netflix

Tim Heidiker

“Killing It”

Peacock

Tommy Davidson

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

HBO/HBO Max

Tuc Watkins

“The Other Two”

HBO/HBO Max

Vince Vaughn

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

Will Forte

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Willem Dafoe

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Woody Harrelson

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Guest Actor in a Comedy Series)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award.

Historic category data to be added.

2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

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About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, are given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements), and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.

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