Emmy Talk with JWalk: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Frontrunners and Strong Contenders

As Emmy season approaches, I figured it’s time to revisit some of my early Emmy predictions, and make some more solid predictions with actual frontrunners strong contenders. I’ll be making my predictions based off of how many nominees were in the corresponding category last year. Let’s start with Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.


  • Anthony Anderson – black-ish
  • Micheal Douglas – The Kominsky Method
  • Ted Danson – The Good Place
  • Bill Hader – Barry
  • Don Cheadle – Black Monday
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

I think this is as solid as this category can get with frontrunners for this years Lead Actor in a Comedy race, and if I had to commit to six actors, I wouldn’t be afraid at this list right here. Micheal Douglas is the only new entry on this list, but after winning the Golden Globe  for The Kominsky Method, I believe he’s has the bet chance of overcoming last years winner Bill Hader, but I’m not saying he would be my personal first choice.

Earlier in the prediction season I wrote that I was 100% confident that Anthony Anderson would be out of this years race after a four year losing streak, I’ll retract my thought on that. There’s not enough viable new blood to kick him out of the race completely. On this list, I’m sticking my neck out the most for Jim Parsons. The Big Bang Theory is getting nothing but good press right now leading up to its series finale Thursday, May 16th and I think Parsons is going to ride that wave right into a farewell nomination.

Strong Contenders

  • Jim Carrey – Kidding
  • Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
  • William H. Macy – Shameless
  • Ramy Youssef – Ramy

I moved Showtime players Jim Carrey (Kidding) and William H. Macy (Shameless) down to the strong contenders category for different reasons. Even though Carrey was nominated for SAG Award for this role, there hasn’t been a lot of buzz surrounding this series since then. Even though it will be back for season two, the show hasn’t aired new episodes since November so it may not be on voters radar. I would be completely shocked to see Macy welcomed back after this college admissions scandal, even though his wife Felicity Huffman is getting most of the media attention (and possible jail time). I did think that all three Showtime actors could score nominations, but my bet would be Cheadle for Black Monday.

I’m still keeping my fingers crossed tightly for a Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek) nomination to be a welcomed delight on the morning of nominations, but I don’t think he’s frontrunner status (yet). If there is any actor to look out for, it’s Ramy Youssef from Hulu’s Ramy. Hulu is on a three-for-three comedy slam dunk in 2019 with Pen15, Shrill, and recently released Ramy. All three comedies are receiving critical acclaim, all have been renewed for second seasons, and are award-worthy and could flex some Emmys muscles and be shocks on nomination morning.

2019 Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 16th, get ready for a lot of coverage leading to the final day as potential nominees heat up or cool off.

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