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!

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  1. Sasha says:

    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…

    • June says:

      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..

  2. esozcanesk says:

    I voted for zac!! He is so talented and he deserves EMMY…

  3. Maria says:

    Zachary Levi <3

  4. AJ says:

    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

  5. Andrew says:

    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 !

  6. Christine says:

    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 ;)

  7. Lets go Zac, woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  8. Snsetblaze says:

    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).

  9. Diane M. says:

    Zach Levi deserves it for “Chuck”! He’s the best there is!! No contest!!

  10. katja says:

    Zachary Levi <3

  11. Laura says:

    Joel McHale. Because I love Community and he’s in it.

  12. Alan says:


  13. Eryn says:

    He has been outstanding on Bones this season.

  14. shay says:

    Matt LeBlanc
    Johnny Galecki
    Josh Radnor

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

  15. shay says:

    It’s lead COMEDY ACTOR so it’s why Michael C.Hall & David Boreanaz aren’t on this list

  16. Y0y0 says:

    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 ;)

  17. Bianca Lima says:

    Zachary Levi o melhor ! Go Zach …

  18. krys says:

    Jimmy Pea is gonna take it home again! Mark it!

  19. Chuckfan says:

    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.

  20. Katie says:

    Zacahry Levi is an incredible talent and he always makes me laugh. Go Zach!!

  21. Pomita says:

    Jim Parsons is brilliant, period. His Sheldon act can NEVER get old.

  22. andz says:

    ZACHARY LEVI deserves an emmy this year!

  23. Cassie says:

    Zachary <3

  24. Samuel says:

    Hey..where is zachary levi..the intersect guy..he is d funniest actor av ever seen..

  25. Ange says:

    Voted Zachary Levi from “Chuck”, BEST SHOW EVER!!

  26. Laugh says:

    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!

  27. kea says:

    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.

  28. Carlen says:

    Zac you are amazing at whatever series you do!! Like Chuck!! :)

  29. Mishal says:

    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.

  30. gcg23 says:

    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%

  31. Wizkid says:

    This is outrageous..i think zachary should b leading the poll..he deserves the first

  32. Amber says:


  33. kaitlyn says:

    Joel McHale! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Just… he’s just… bloody freaking amazing!