Emmys 2017 Lead Actor Comedy Nominees

Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series?

Can Jeffrey Tambor make it three-for-three at this year’s Emmys?

When TV’s highest honors are handed out on Sunday, Sept. 17, the Transparent star will be looking to collect his third straight Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for playing transgender parent Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s bittersweet family comedy. But five other very funny leading men will be vying for the big prize, too.

That includes two first-time nominees from FX: Donald Glover is a strong contender for playing hustling hip-hop manager Earn on the freshman critical fave Atlanta, and Zach Galifianakis scored a nod for his work as Baskets‘ aspiring clown Chip Baskets (not to mention Chip’s twin brother, Dale). Plus, previous nominees Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Anthony Anderson (black-ish) and William H. Macy (Shameless) are back for another shot at Emmy gold, though none of them have claimed the trophy in this category… yet.

Does Tambor deserve to pull off the Emmy hat trick? Or is it time for fresh blood? Vote for your favorite in the poll below, then hit the comments to defend your pick.

Every day for the next three weeks, we’ll be posting another “Who should win?” poll, so visit TVLine.com each day to weigh in on who deserves TV’s most prestigious honor. (For a complete list of this year’s nominees, click here.)

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  1. Chris says:


  2. Susie says:

    I don’t get Glover’s appeal as the lead of “Atlanta,” so I’m going with Ansari — “Master of None” was my favorite comedy of the past year and he was a major reason why. Anthony Anderson is my runner up.

  3. Lauren says:

    It’s time for a show that is actually funny to win the comedy awards at the Emmys. I’m not saying past winners are from bad shows but Transparent is not hilarious. Anthony Anderson is wonderful AND makes me laugh. I need that in this God forsaken world right now.

  4. parstl says:

    close category but anderson deserves it. Macy is a great actor but he has really had a supporting role in Shameless the past couple of seasons.

  5. Anne says:

    The fact that Tambor gets nominated in the male actor category shows how inappropriately cast he was. The lead for Transparent should be in the female actor category….:cause they should have cast a trans woman.

  6. Alec says:

    Donald Glover.

  7. Jules says:

    Three of these actors are in shows that are more drama than comedy. The Emmys need to figure out some way to create a difference.

  8. jcp says:

    Donald Glover. He’s just too damn talented.

  9. Hannah says:

    William H Macy is phenomenal on Shameless, but why on earth is he in this category? Frank is barely on the show half the time. He has been supporting for a few years now.

  10. Definitely not Anthony Anderson. Same annoying, angsty, pitchy we do/don’t do something “…’cause we’re black!” every single week. No range. Sorry, bro. Not Jeffrey Tambor, either. Oh, look– he’s doing his Mench routine again, this time as a female. Snore. Besides, the basic concept of Transparent defies logic: Jews wouldn’t be the most supportive of a member of their family transforming. Just as laughable if Black-ish son wanted to live his life as a female & BOTH (cold as trout) parents being supportive.