Emmys 2011: Who Deserves the Supporting Actor In a Comedy Trophy? Take Our Poll!

If you thought the men of Modern Family had a strong grip on Emmy’s Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category back in 2010, then this year it’s nothing short of a stranglehold. Four of the six actors in the 2011 race — Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, and last year’s winner Eric Stonestreet — hail from ABC’s uproarious Wednesday-night sitcom. Only 2009 Emmy winner Jon Cryer (nominated for the sixth straight year for Two and a Half Men) and 2011 Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer (up for the second straight year for Glee) keep this category from being redubbed Best Supporting Actor from the Pritchett-Dunphy Clan.

What would you do if you had the power to send one of these fine gentlemen to the podium when the Emmys are handed out Sept.18? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite — TVLine voting closes Sept. 10, so act now! — then hit the comments to justify your pick!

Every day for the next month, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win” Emmy poll, so come back to TVLine.com every day to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s biggest honor, and to stay up to speed on all our races, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. Corinne says:

    Go Chris ! You deserve to win!!!

  2. Becky says:

    Chris Colfer is just amazing. In every way. He has brought inspiration to many and is a superb actor, and singer. He definitely deserves to win.

    • ark says:

      Ty Burrel is just amazing. In every way. He has brought inspiration to many other dad and is a superb actor, and dancer (He can dance high School Musical!). He definitely deserves to win.

      • Shelby says:

        He can’t save lives like Christopher Colfer can. Chris Colfer is an amazing young man who’s been through so much to get to where he is now. He’s super talented at everything he does. It’s a shame you can’t see that, you are just upset the person you want to win…Is loosing and that the person you don’t want to win is WINNING. That proves he truly…truly deserves it.
        Oh and PS learn some English grammar. Or are you some 11 year old?

        • quangtran says:

          Post like these truly convince that that everyone that mentioned Chris’s ability to save lives are in fact the same person. Thank god the academy doesn’t care for that kind of hogwash, and I’m extra glad that the pundits peg Ty Burrell as the winner.

          • lol says:

            Yeah. One fan who happens to have about 1 million twitter accounts…
            Saying Chris had some influence on your life might just mean that his acting skills are advanced enough to make you care about the character he is portraying.
            For that it’s legitimate enough in my opinion to bring this up here.

  3. Jackson says:

    Chris Colfer !!!

  4. Aoife says:

    Chris Colfer. For me there isn’t another choice. He’s just amazing.

    • ark says:

      Ty Burrel. For me there isn’t another choice but Ed, Eric, or Jesse. They’re just amazing.

      • Shelby says:

        It seems to me you are purposely trying to be a dickhead.

      • Rindle1 says:

        Copying other people’s comments? Really? Having nothing original to say simply makes you look ridiculous and your opinion worthless. Unless you’re 12, in which case it’s understandable.

        Meanwhile, my opinion is that Chris Colfer is an outstanding actor. He’ll probably get even better with age, but he’s already amazingly talented. Chris seems surprisingly shy (but too driven to let that stop him) and often embarrassed about his success and the things he has to say/do/wear on TV. His character, on the other hand, is a snarky diva who doesn’t feel the need to blend in with the crowd and won’t hesitate to rip you a new one if you push him too far. It’s easy to tell when Chris is ‘in character’ because he and Kurt are so distinct. I hope he wins. He deserves it.

  5. isabel mae valbuena says:

    i <3 chris colfer so much!!

  6. Sharon says:

    You are all so ignorant. Does it say “Funniest character”???? No! It’s “Outstanding Supporting Character in a Comedy” They Don’t have to be 100% funny. Chris Colfer may be 75% drama but Glee is a comedy which is what it says in the title “Outstanding Supporting Character in a Comedy”.

  7. I've been looking for you forever says:

    I have to say that I agree with quite a few people on this one. I love both Modern Family and Glee and I have to say that Chris Colfer takes the cake.
    His acting is incredible. I sometimes find it hard to believe that it’s actually him playing Kurt because they’re just so different and he does such a wonderful, wonderful job.
    He’s amazing at portraying a wide range of emotions and can deliver one liners like a pro. And whilst sometimes the writing on Glee can be a bit off, he absolutely nails what they give him and makes it better.

  8. i like chris colfer win at the emmy awards i am a crazy gleek fan you go chirs no one is gonna beat you at the awards i love you
    man if he did win i will frozen like a satue you rock.

  9. Fan Girl says:

    Some people are soo stupid. Chris Colfer deserves this award! The awards not for best comidain in a comedy it’s for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR!! Chris has done more in the past few years of his life than anyone of thouse guys! God I sound like Darren Criss… Oh well;)

  10. epicgleek says:

    Chris Colfer totally! He’s a brilliant actor, especially in the Glee episode Grilled Cheesus. That episode was the reason he got a Golden Globe. Just saying…

  11. Caroline says:

    This award should only go to two men: Ty Burrell or Nick Offerman. But, since Nick was snubbed, then give it to Ty.

    Sorry, Gleeks, but I don’t get the big hype over Chris Colfer or Glee.

  12. Kale cook!!!:) says:

    Chris colfer for the win!!!:)

  13. Dan says:

    It’s not best comedic performance, it’s best performance in a comedy series. Colfer pretty much WAS Glee for the first half of the season, driving most storylines and aptly doing a lot of the heavy-lifting. If he submits the right episodes, he’s a shoo-in, dramedy actors have won for less-than-comedic bits.

    The only real dark horse will be Ed O’Neill, who is finally nominated for an Emmy and in addition to his great work, has the “finally we can award him something” going for him.

  14. Deb R says:

    I really think that Jon Cryer deserves to win the Emmy if for no other reason than that he’s had to put up with Charlie Sheen for so long.

  15. Katy says:

    Chris Colfer. All the way

  16. Emily says:

    I hope Chris Colfer wins. He deserves it (although I really don’t think he is technically a supporting actor…more of a main character in my opinion…just sayin’)

  17. quangtran says:

    Oh, I see. I assumed that all those Colfer votes came from fans campaigning (read:spamming) from his fan forum, but it turns out their from a Colfer tumblr page.

  18. Justafan says:

    Chris Colfer. No contest. I’m 42 and a huge Glee fan. The guy who first told me this was the best show on TV is 50ish. We’re not fangirls. We’re fans. Chris is the best actor I’ve seen in years. His face is so expressive he can deliver any line convincingly. He can make me go from laughing to crying in one scene. Lastly, he’s nothing like Kurt. If you think he is, that’s his acting skill at work. He deserves the Emmy, for his talent and no other reason.

  19. Lily says:

    Chris Colfer’s episode submission (Grilled Cheesus) is luckily more focused on “tolerance” and “near death” and there was only 1 line that faintly refered to “the gay bullying issue”. I thought it was one of the episode with the least gay content of Season 2. Sad detail, when the episode was shot, the Show’s creator- Ryan Murphy’s father was dying.

  20. Thyevhkjtf says:

    1.Chris Colfer
    2.Jesse Tyler Ferguson
    3.Ty Burrell
    Unfortunately since the modern family guys get 4 episodes and he only gets one, and because Kurt isn’t funny, I think it’ll go to one of the modern family guys
    Which totally isn’t fair because it’s best actor in a comedy not best comedic actor but everyone considers it best comedic actor anyway. Chris Colfers acting is amazing!!! He didn’t get any comedy storylines but you could tell he can do comedy too from his one liners
    “you can’t prove that there isn’t a magical teapot floating around the dark side of te moon with a dwarf inside of it that reads romance novels and shoots lightning out of it’s boobs but that seems pretty unlikely doesn’t it” :D and I don’t just want him to win because I’m a gleek. I actually don’t really like glee but I watch it to see Chris. Modern Family on the other hand is soooo funny and Mitchell Pritchett and Phil Dunphy crack me up all the time:p I can’t really compare Chris with mf because he really does drama but he’s so amazing I really hope he wins:D Go Colfer!

  21. Jeremy says:

    Can i do a write-in vote for Neil Patrick Harris?

  22. kierahillmin says:

    Chris Colfer FTW!!!!

    First of all just like some others have pointed out it’s Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series not best comedic performance. And also which has been pointed out just because he’s gay playing a gay character doesn’t mean he’s playing himself, you mine as well say that every straight actor playing a straight character is playing themselves as well. That is just an ignorant comment.

    With that said Chris Colfer is by far the most deserving to win. He put on a phenomenal performance this year. He can do both comedy and drama extremely well. He definitely deserves the win.

  23. Kali says:

    Chris Colfer definitely. hes an amazing actor hes funny in his role on glee and in real life:)

  24. Maru says:

    This HAS to go to Ty Burrell, HAS TO. Phil Dunphy is the best thing that happened to comedy in the last season haha, and the funniest character on Modern Family for sure. Nobody in Glee makes me laugh even 1% of how Phil does.

  25. Nick says:

    I’m sorry, but anyone who has rude comments to say about Glee or Chris Colfer has clearly not seen the show. There’s a reason the show has won the Golden Globe two years in a row and has won Emmys and is nominated again this year, it’s an amazing show. To say otherwise would be judgmental and ignorant, because I can guarantee that the majority of people who speak negatively about the show have never seen it. Regardless of the show, Colfer’s portrayal of Kurt is a picture of perfection. He shows strength, bravery, self-expression, and is a true inspiration. He is undoubtedly the best actor in this group of men, and should be recognized as such.

    • quangtran says:

      1. The Golden Globes are giant paperweights.

      2. Glee’s second season went through a huge backlash from both the critics and the fans, so it’s it’s ridiculousness to think that anyone who speaks negatively about the show have never seen it.

      3. In no way is Chris the best actor on the show just because he gets a chance to play the inspirational gay victim. Most of these actors can do drama. Ty Burrell is a tremendous dramatic actor, and was brilliant in Fur (several critics thought he outshined even Robert Downy Jr and Nicole Kidman). But none of this really matters because last year Colfer’s very special episode lost to uproariously funny performance by Stonestreet as Fizbo, and the conditions are the same when Colfer’s weepy goes up against Burrell’s Good Cop Bad Dog.

      • Nick says:

        Nice to know you respect the awards system? I guess you’re just bitter, shame. I understand that all critics were not fans of the season, but look, it got 12 Emmy nominations, guess it wasn’t so bad after all. Oh, are the awards Glee won last year giant paperweights, too? In my honest opinion, the show this season was good. The show did not receive huge backlash, by the way. It was merely not received as well as the first season. Those who do speak rudely and negatively about it have probably never seen it or are too closed-minded to understand it, hate to break it to you.

        Also, who cares about Burrell’s performance in Fur? Is he up for an Emmy this year for that performance? No, I don’t think so. Colfer did much more than a “very special episode,” and it’s insulting that you would degrade him to that level, going so far as to label him as the “inspirational gay victim.” Colfer’s performance brings attention to major social issues that plagues society, especially in adolescents. Everyone can learn a lesson from his performance, gay, straight, black, white, etc. Your failure to acknowledge this shows that you do not understand the true meaning of the show. Yes, the men on Modern Family are funny. I enjoy that show as well, it is very good. But Colfer was flawless and outstanding. To not recognize him would be a crime, he is a picture of perfection.

        • quangtran says:

          Who says that I don’t respect the awards system? I just don’t respect the Golbes or the foreign press, just like the the rest of the industry after Pia Zadora’s winning year.

          And yes, Burrell’s performance outside the show is irrelevant. That was the point. Just like Colfer’s youth and ability to “save lives” as mentioned by the other posters is also completely irrelevant.

          And yes, I am insulting the Kurt storyline. He wasn’t a real character in season 2, just a gay paragon. Any possible lesson learned from GLee’s VSE was done far more effectively with Justin in Ugly Betty. That show did several beautifully done episodes highlighting the issues surrounding gay adolescents, but learning lessons do not equal awards.

          • Nick says:

            Yeah of course, no one in the industry respects the Golden Globes. They’re practically the Teen Choice Awards!
            I never said Colfer’s youth or ability outside of the show was a reason he should win the award. So what you’re saying there is completely irrelevant.
            So now this brings me to your main point, that Kurt wasn’t a real character? I’m not sure what you’re trying to say there. A gay paragon? He’s not just the word “gay” walking around, he symbolizes more than just that. To say that is just ignorant on your part. He symbolizes youth, courage, bravery, and yes, homosexuality. But as Finn said in episode eight of the season, Kurt taught him to be more of a man than anyone else. Kurt is more than just a symbol for homosexuality, he is a symbol for being a good person in all aspects. He is a symbol for standing up for what you believe in, for taking things in stride, and for achieving your goals. Glee had more than just a very special episode, it had a truly touching storyline. Have you actually been a frequent watcher of the show? It doesn’t seem like it. The fact that Glee taught a lesson doesn’t mean it deserves the award, the fact that Colfer’s performance throughout it was phenomenal is the reason why the show deserves the award.
            As for your Ugly Betty comparison, aren’t we comparing apples to oranges here? That’s just like me saying that Everybody Loves Raymond portrays a modern suburban family better than Modern Family… it’s irrelevant and proves nothing. Let’s focus on the topic at hand.

  26. azmi says:

    Chris Colfer is an amazing multi talented actor. I think he deserves every appreciation he can get for brilliantly portraying the character Kurt Hummel,a gay kid who’s being bullied at school.Due to such an inspiring acting he turned out to be an icon to millions.He must be totally honoured by Emmys for magnificently rendering the character kurt hummel, as a supporting actor.

  27. lissa says:

    What are you talking about he is amazingly cute! He is the best preformer I have ever seen lol don’t hate him just appreciate him lol

  28. Stephen S. says:

    Ed O’Neil would get my vote but I’d be fine with Chris Colfer winning too.

  29. jessi says:

    they’re all great! I’m so happy chris got nominated again!
    He’s nothing like he’s character + for all those who think he can’t act: watch the episodes like ‘never been kissed’ and ‘born this way’ .. then watch his interviews.
    He’s totally awesome!

  30. FutureCavalier2011 says:

    Chris Colfer deserves this. His voice is amazing and he is a great role model for gay, lesbian, bi, and straight people every where.