Emmy Predictions: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Can Two ‘SNL’ Actors Make It Again?

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UPDATED: May 12, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY:

Following the trend in the race for outstanding comedy series, there’s heavy competition in this race where Brett Goldstein won last year for Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso.” So Goldstein seems like a safe bet to return but uncertain if his Emmy-nominated counterparts – Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed and Jeremy Swift – are such sure things.

Splitting focus with “Ted Lasso” is the hilarious “whodunit” series “The Afterparty,” featuring numerous standout and awards-worthy turns from Ben Schwartz, Dave Franco and Jamie Demetriou. As more voters and viewers discover it, they could become viable contenders in the mix.

Also, many veterans from returning comedies are back in full force. Henry Winkler’s beloved “Barry” character, Gene Cousineau, brought him his long-overdue Emmy for the first season. Still, he lost to now four-time winner Tony Shalhoub for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Both are in the thick of it again, but their co-stars could be more substantial in the race this time around, including Anthony Carrigan and Stephen Root (“Barry”) and Luke Kirby and Michael Zegen (“Maisel”).

Broadcast networks may have the best showing in this category with multiple men from “Saturday Night Live” vying for love, most notably Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang, while “Abbott Elementary” could bring Chris Perfetti or Tyler James Williams into the fold.

Let’s not forget the farewell seasons for “Atlanta” (a strong play for Brian Tyree Henry and an overdue Lakeith Stanfield), “Black-ish” (Laurence Fishburne), and perhaps even “Insecure” (for Jay Ellis).

This is not the complete list of submitted contenders. Additions are added (and updated) every Thursday.

Read more: Variety’s Awards Circuit Emmys Predictions Hub

The Emmy eligibility period runs from June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022. The deadline for entering programs for Primetime programming and uploading all entry materials is on May 12, 2022, at 6:00 PM PT.

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

2021 category winner: Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

NOMINEE

SERIES

NETWORK

1

Henry Winkler

“Barry”

HBO/HBO Max

2

Brett Goldstein

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

3

Tony Shalhoub

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Amazon Prime Video

4

Kenan Thompson

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

5

Bowen Yang

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

6

Anthony Carrigan

“Barry”

HBO/HBO Max

7

Stephen Root

“Barry”

HBO/HBO Max

8

Ben Schwartz

“The Afterparty”

Apple TV+

NEXT IN LINE

9

Brian Tyree Henry

“Atlanta”

FX

10

Chris Perfetti

“Abbott Elementary”

ABC

OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

11

Luke Kirby

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Amazon Prime Video

12

Nick Mohammed

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

13

Tyler James Williams

“Abbott Elementary”

ABC

14

Lakeith Stanfield

“Atlanta”

FX

15

Brendan Hunt

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

16

Carl Clemons-Hopkins

“Hacks”

HBO/HBO Max

17

Jeremy Swift

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

18

Pete Davidson

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

19

Laurence Fishburne

“Black-ish”

ABC

20

Harvey Guillen

“What We Do in the Shadows”

FX

ALSO IN CONTENTION

21

Dave Franco

“The Afterparty”

Apple TV+

22

Jamie Demetriou

“The Afterparty”

Apple TV+

23

David Hyde Pierce

“Julia”

HBO/HBO Max

24

Martin Short

“Schmigadoon!”

Apple TV+

25

Kyle Mooney

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

26

Dule Hill

“The Wonder Years”

ABC

27

Andre Braugher

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

NBC

28

Jay Ellis

“Insecure”

HBO/HBO Max

29

Rafael Casal

“Blindspotting”

Starz

30

Jaime Camil

“Schmigadoon!”

Apple TV+

UNRANKED CONTENDERS

Aaron Tveit

“Schmigadoon!”

Apple TV+

Alan Cumming

“Schmigadoon!”

Apple TV+

Alex Moffat

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Ames McNamara

“The Conners”

ABC

Andrew Dismukes

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Andrew Rannells

“Black Monday”

Showtime

Andrew Santino

“Dave”

FX

Anthony Turpel

“Love, Victor”

Hulu

Aristotle Athari

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

BD Wong

“Nora from Queens”

Comedy Central

Benito Martinez

“With Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Benjamin Earl Turner

“Blindspotting”

Starz

Bob Balaban

“The Chair”

Netflix

Bobby Moynihan

“Mr. Mayor”

NBC

Brandon Scott Jones

“Ghosts”

CBS

Bruno Gouery

“Emily in Paris”

Netflix

Case Walker

“The Other Two”

HBO/HBO Max

Charlie Barnett

“Russian Doll”

Netflix

Chris Redd

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Chris Redd

“Kenan”

NBC

Christopher McDonald

“Hacks”

HBO/HBO Max

Colin Jost

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai

“Reservation Dogs”

FX

Dallas Dupree Young

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Darren Barnet

“Never Have I Ever”

Netflix

Darren Boyd

“The Outlaws”

Amazon Prime Video

Desmond Chiam

“With Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Domonique Brown

“Atypical”

Netflix

Don Johnson

“Kenan”

NBC

Enrique Arrizon

“Acapulco”

Apple TV+

Fred Armisen

“Schmigadoon!”

Apple TV+

Fred Armisen

“Our Flag Means Death”

HBO/HBO Max

Freddie Stroma

“Peacemaker”

HBO/HBO Max

Gamba Cole

“The Outlaws”

Amazon Prime Video

Gata

“Dave”

FX

Gianni Decenzo

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Griffin Santopietro

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Humphrey Ker

“American Auto”

NBC

Ike Barinholtz

“The Afterparty”

Apple TV+

J.B. Smoove

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

Jacob Bertrand

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

James Austin Johnson

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Jaren Lewison

“Never Have I Ever”

Netflix

Jay Duplass

“The Chair”

Netflix

Jeff Garlin

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

HBO/HBO Max

Jimmy Tatro

“Home Economics”

ABC

John Early

“Search Party”

HBO/HBO Max

John Goodman

“The Righteous Gemstones”

HBO/HBO Max

John Reynolds

“Search Party”

HBO/HBO Max

Jon Barinholtz

“American Auto”

NBC

Keegan-Michael Key

“The Pentaverate”

Netflix

Ken Jeong

“The Pentaverate”

Netflix

Leslie Jordan

“Call Me Kat”

Fox

LeVar Burton

“Blindspotting”

Starz

Lucas Bravo

“Emily in Paris”

Netflix

Lucien Laviscount

“Emily in Paris”

Netflix

Mark Proksch

“What We Do in the Shadows”

FX

Martin Kove

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Martin Sheen

“Grace and Frankie”

Netflix

Michael Benjamin Washington

“American Auto”

NBC

Michael Cera

“Life and Beth”

Hulu

Michael Che

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Michael Fishman

“The Conners”

ABC

Michael Zegen

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Amazon Prime Video

Mikey Day

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC

Ncuti Gatwa

“Sex Education”

Netflix

Paul W. Downs

“Hacks”

HBO/HBO Max

Phil Dunster

“Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+

Rell Battle

“Killing It”

Peacock

Rome Flynn

“With Love”

Amazon Prime Video

Ryan Phillippe

“MacGruber”

Peacock

Sam Waterston

“Grace and Frankie”

Netflix

Samuel Arnold

“Emily in Paris”

Netflix

Scott MacArthur

“Killing It”

Peacock

T.R. Knight

“The Flight Attendant”

HBO/HBO Max

Taika Waititi

“Our Flag Means Death”

HBO/HBO Max

Tanner Buchanan

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Thomas Ian Griffith

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

Tom Basden

“After Life”

Netflix

Tye White

“American Auto”

NBC

Tyler Lepley

“Harlem”

Amazon Prime Video

Vincent Rodriguez III

“With Love”

Amazon Prime Video

William Abadie

“Emily in Paris”

Netflix

William Stanford Davis

“Abbott Elementary”

ABC

Xolo Maridueña

“Cobra Kai”

Netflix

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting Actor Comedy)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television's most prestigious artistic award. Many records are held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.

For wins: Don Knotts has the most awards in this category with five, winning them all for "The Andy Griffith Show." John Larroquette and David Hyde Pierce are second in line with four.

"The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" are the most awarded series with five wins, with "Frasier," "Modern Family" and "Night Court" next in line with four apiece.

For nominations: David Hyde Pierce is the most nominated actor in this category with 11, all for his turn as Niles Crane for "Frasier." Harry Morgan is next in line with nine, followed by Ty Burrell with eight. Jason Alexander and Peter Boyle are the most nominated actors without winning seven nods.

"M*A*S*H" garnered the most nominations in this category for its actors with 21 with "Cheers" and "Modern Family" with 19.

2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

2022 Creative Arts Emmys Predictions

  • Outstanding Television Movie

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Outstanding Reality Host

  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

  • Outstanding Animated Program

  • Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

  • Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

  • Outstanding Narrator

  • Outstanding Structured Program

  • Outstanding Unstructured Program

  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

  • Outstanding Documentary Special

  • Outstanding Documentary Filmmaking

  • Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

  • Outstanding Main Title Design

  • Outstanding Main Title Theme Music

  • Outstanding Music for Series

  • Outstanding Music for Limited Series

  • Outstanding Music and Lyrics

  • Outstanding Music Supervision

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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