Magazine article Variety

Funny Men Take the Laughs into Open Field

Magazine article Variety

Funny Men Take the Laughs into Open Field

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A previous winner for "The West Wing," Bradley Whitford was awarded his second Emmy last year thanks to his work as Marcy on "Transparent." Whitford could well repeat [for playing a different character, Magnus Hirschfeld], or he could be stopped by one of multiple funny men playing themselves.

"Saturday Night Live" always takes up spots on this list with its hosts and this year gave us a lot to choose from, including a giggly Ryan Gosling and the emotional return of Tracy Morgan. Still, it will be hard to top the hosting gig of "SNL's" resident Bernie Sanders impersonator Larry David when he appeared opposite the actual Democratic candidate. David practically joined the "SNL" cast this year, popping in from time to time to play the presidential candidate in sketches.

Also stealing scenes in the political world were Martin Mull, Peter MacNicol and John Slattery in "Veep." MacNicol has already won one Emmy, for "Ally McBeal," while Slattery has four nominations for "Mad Men." Believe it or not, the fantastic Mull has never even been nominated.

There are plenty of other standouts. Liam Neeson popped up in a very funny bit on "Inside Amy Schumer" making fun of his tough guy persona. Sam Elliott and Ernie Hudson both lit up "Grace and Frankie," Bob Newhart has won in this category before for his role on "The Big Bang Theory" and even though his character has died, the show is finding creative ways to use him. Corey Stoll, robbed of a nom for "House of Cards," could finally get some love for "Girls." And though Adam DeVine's character has always been goofy fun on "Modern Family," his goodbye gave the actor a chance to share some emotional moments.

Frontrunners

Larry David

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Adam DeVine

MODERN FAMILY

Sam Elliott

GRACE AND FRANKIE

Tracy Morgan

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Martin Mull

VEEP

Liam Naason

INSIDE AMY SCHUMER

Bob Newhart

THE BIG BANG THEORY

John Slattery

VEEP

Coray Stoll

GIRLS

Bradley Whitford

TRANSPARENT

On the Bubble

Christopher Abbott

GIRLS

Shoukath Ansari

MASTER OF NONE

Keith Carradine

THE BIG BANG THEORY

Will Ferrell

DRUNK HISTORY

Bill Hader

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Judd Hirsch

THE BIG BANG THEORY

Ernie Hudson

GRACE AND FRANKIE

Peter MacNicol

VEEP

Fred Melamed

CASUAL

Ravi Patel

MASTER OF NONE

Richard Schiff

HOUSE OF LIES

Paul Sorvino

GRANDFATHERED

Dark Horses

Fred Armisen

DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Adrien Brody

DICE

Steve Buscemi

THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW

Josh Charles

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

John Cho

HOUSE OF LIES

David Cross

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Noah Emmerich

MASTER OF NONE

Peter Giles

MAN SEEKING WOMAN

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

THE MINDY PROJECT

Ryan Gosling

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

John Benjamin Hickey

DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Rob Huebel

TRANSPARENT

Keegan-Michael Key

HOUSE OF LIES

Justin Kirk

YOU'RE THE WORST

Joe Manganiello

MOM

Richard Masur

TRANSPARENT

Seth Meyers

DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Matthew Morrison

YOUNGER

Timothy Olyphant

THE GRINDER

Patton Oswalt

LADY DYNAMITE

Ben Stiller

ANOTHER PERIOD

David Wain

YOUNGER

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