Taking nothing away from the men and women who know how to give a dramatic performance, it is safe to say getting people to laugh can also be really hard. With the Emmy nominations just around the corner, we wanted to make sure to give fair space to the many comic stars of the small screen who every week try to win over audiences. From former Saturday Night Live stars to established industry veterans, here’s a look at some of the most talented male comedians who deserve to be recognized on television’s biggest night — the Emmy Awards.
Disclaimer: Many of these entries include mild spoilers so, if you are not caught up, you may want be careful navigating certain entries.
Bonus: Will Forte –The Last Man On Earth
Yes, he’s “MacGruber” from Saturday Night Live, but what people tend to forget about Will Forte is that he can actually act. If you haven’t seen Alexander Payne’s brilliant Oscar nominated film Nebraska, go check it out because he and Bruce Dern do a masterful job.
Yet you see that’s part of the problem with SNL, yes it’s great exposure and it has a rich iconic history of memorable characters, but vets like Andy Samberg, Bill Hader and Will Forte are type-cast in those roles. However, if you give them a chance to get out of them, they will surprise audiences. With The Last Man On Earth, Forte gets to show off a brand new persona and he’s very successful. While his character quickly finds other “survivors” soon after the pilot, viewers didn’t initially know that going in and Forte carried the pilot all by himself and did it in a original way. For that alone, he should be recognized.