Emmys

Emmys 2011: Sizing Up the Lead Comedy Actor Race — Including Our 6 Dream Nominees

Last year’s Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series race was a David-and-Goliath tale, as relative newcomer Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) brought down comedy giant Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) by denying him a third consecutive win. This year, in addition to both of those likely repeat nominees, there’s also Steve Carell to consider. Having bid farewell to The Office, his swan song season becomes Emmy’s last chance to award him for his seminal role. Will he grab gold? Or will a lovable long shot like Community’s Joel McHale emerge from the pack to change the game?

Reviewing the Emmy Races: Lead Comedy Actress | Outstanding Comedy Series

Review this slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s half-dozen Dream Nominees — then vote for your own favorite six below. And check back tomorrow for our review of the Supporting Comedy Actress race!




Comments (139)

  • Okay, I’m a huge Gleek but than said…

    Matt Morrison was not a Lead on this season…and tell me one line he has said that was funny….NONE

    Where is the Johnny Galecki love?

    I’d vote for him over Matt Morrison anyday…

    Comment by Sasha – June 3, 2011 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ikr? He is not funny!Cory Monteith should be the one who’s nominated instead of him…he’s not worth voting for.. sorry Matt! and yeah, Im also a Gleek..

      Comment by June – July 8, 2011 11:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I voted for zac!! He is so talented and he deserves EMMY…

    Comment by esozcanesk – June 3, 2011 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zachary Levi <3

    Comment by Maria – June 3, 2011 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Weakest acting category this year
    Should be nominated: Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale, Louis CK, Danny McBride
    Most likely will be nominated: Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Jim Parsons, Joel McHale, Matthew Morrison, last slot could be anyone maybe Rob Lowe’s huge ego trip will pay off and he will get in even though he is supporting

    Comment by AJ – June 3, 2011 05:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think that Zachary Levi is the one who deserves this , he is like the most underrated actor on this list but from my opinion he`s the funniest :) + he “sacrificed” his career enough with Chuck (by turning roles on Big Screen due to filming conflicts) i think us fans can at least vote for him to “pay him back” :) VOTE FOR ZAC !

    Comment by Andrew – June 3, 2011 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • True that, Zachary Levi must have the worst publicist ever.. i mean look at Yvonne she appears everywhere lately just because her publicist thought it’s a good idea she`ll dress up like 3 pop`stars & pretends she sing. I hope some good things are coming towards Zachary Levi cause the guy surely deserves it ;)

    Comment by Christine – June 3, 2011 05:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lets go Zac, woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Comment by SuperNerdTamiaL – June 3, 2011 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While I love some of the nominees, I’d suggest that Colin Ferguson from Eureka be added (that show is in the gray area – its not really a comedy or a drama (like Glee).

    Comment by Snsetblaze – June 3, 2011 10:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zach Levi deserves it for “Chuck”! He’s the best there is!! No contest!!

    Comment by Diane M. – June 4, 2011 02:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zachary Levi <3

    Comment by katja – June 4, 2011 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joel McHale. Because I love Community and he’s in it.

    Comment by Laura – June 4, 2011 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHERE’S MICHAEL C. HALL ?

    Comment by Alan – June 4, 2011 10:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DAVID BOREANAZ
    He has been outstanding on Bones this season.

    Comment by Eryn – June 5, 2011 06:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matt LeBlanc
    Johnny Galecki
    Josh Radnor

    But the best of the best is not on the list (a shame) MATTHEW PERRY

    Comment by shay – June 5, 2011 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s lead COMEDY ACTOR so it’s why Michael C.Hall & David Boreanaz aren’t on this list

    Comment by shay – June 5, 2011 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zachary Levi for the win, he is the one who deserves this most for his 4 years with Chuck + he is also a very nice funny person in real life ;)

    Comment by Y0y0 – June 5, 2011 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zachary Levi o melhor ! Go Zach …

    Comment by Bianca Lima – June 5, 2011 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jimmy Pea is gonna take it home again! Mark it!

    Comment by krys – June 5, 2011 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I voted for Zachary Levi in this poll and for Yvonne in the Best Lead Actress in a TV Comedy Series poll too. :) They both have great screen presences and get involved in funny situations.

    Comment by Chuckfan – June 5, 2011 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zacahry Levi is an incredible talent and he always makes me laugh. Go Zach!!

    Comment by Katie – June 5, 2011 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jim Parsons is brilliant, period. His Sheldon act can NEVER get old.

    Comment by Pomita – June 5, 2011 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ZACHARY LEVI deserves an emmy this year!

    Comment by andz – June 5, 2011 11:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zachary <3

    Comment by Cassie – June 6, 2011 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey..where is zachary levi..the intersect guy..he is d funniest actor av ever seen..

    Comment by Samuel – June 7, 2011 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Voted Zachary Levi from “Chuck”, BEST SHOW EVER!!

    Comment by Ange – June 8, 2011 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 1. Steve Carell, ‘The Office’
    2. James Roday, ‘Psych’
    3. Bradley Whitford, ‘The Good Guys’
    4. Alec Baldwin, ’30 Rock’
    5. Zac Levi, ‘Chuck’

    I don’t think I have a 6th anymore. These are my top 5 contenders, with Steve Carell getting a long-overdue WIN!

    Comment by Laugh – June 8, 2011 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zachary Levi deserves to be nominated. Can’t they see it? CHUCK is leading all the polls. CHUCk fans are the best fans in the world.

    Comment by kea – June 9, 2011 05:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zac you are amazing at whatever series you do!! Like Chuck!! :)

    Comment by Carlen – June 11, 2011 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Glee, but Matt is not funny. I really hope Steve Carrell takes the cake with this one. He was brilliant.
    Also, Rob Lowe? I find his character to be on of the most contrived and least funny on Parks & Rec, to be honest. Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, and Chris Pratt are all so much better. Especially Nick Offerman. He’s absolutely hilarious.

    Comment by Mishal – June 16, 2011 02:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zachary Levi is winning! i really hope he gets the real thing. after all this is going to be the last season of Chuck. i really think he deserves it. ZACHARY LEVI currently at 17.22%

    Comment by gcg23 – June 16, 2011 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is outrageous..i think zachary should b leading the poll..he deserves the first

    Comment by Wizkid – June 21, 2011 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CHUCK

    Comment by Amber – June 28, 2011 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joel McHale! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Just… he’s just… bloody freaking amazing!

    Comment by kaitlyn – July 12, 2011 05:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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