Louis C.K. and Modern Family dominate comedy at the Primetime Emmys
There were winners and losers at the Primetime Emmy Awards last night. Hosted by the more than capable, Jimmy Kimmel.
Some dark horses picked up statue gold and well, then there was Modern Family and Louis C.K.. Both of came up big in their categories. With Modern Family beating Louis C.K. head to head but shouldn’t have dampened the comedian’s night as he proved he was able to pull off a big win not only for his show, Louie but for his self-released stand-up special, Live At The Beacon Theater.
Here’s the list of the winners and losers.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Winner: Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
It would’ve been terrific to see Greenfield win as Schmidt from New Girl but there was little chance someone from the cast of Modern Family wouldn’t win, it was just a matter of whether it be Stonestreet or Burrell.
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Chris McKenna for Community episode “Remedial Chaos Theory”
Lena Dunham for Girls episode “Pilot”
Winner: Louis C.K. for Louie episode “Pregnant”
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation episode “The Debate”
Michael Schur for Parks and Recreation episode “Win, Lose, Or Draw”
Can we just for a second acknowledge that Louis C.K. won a writing Emmy for an episode where the big payoff was a fart joke! Nice work Louie! And to use your own quote from The Daily Show, “You don’t need to be smart to laugh at farts. But you have to be stupid not to.”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
Winner: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Congrats to Bowen, but giving the Emmy to Wiig on her swan song season of SNL coulda provided for a great moment.
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Robert B. Weide for Curb Your Enthusiasm episode “Palestinian Chicken”
Lena Dunham for Girls episode “She Did”
Louis C.K. for Louie episode “Duckling”
Jason Winer for Modern Family episode “Virgin Territory”
Winner: Steven Levitan for Modern Family episode “Baby on Board”
Jake Kasdan for New Girl episode “Pilot”
Levitan cleans up with a directing credit while being a writer. Sneaky!
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Winner: Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Of all the people on this list Jon Cryer has been around the longest, but the most deserving? I’m not so sure about that. Maybe the voters never heard of the other shows nominated in the category? Because no one likes to talk about those shows at all.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
JLD proves there is life after Seinfeld. Her role as the Vice President in the first year of Veep is a terrific one. However, we kinda thought this was Melissa McCarthy’s award to win for the second year in a row.
Outstanding Writing For a Variety Special
84th Annual Academy Awards
Betty White’s 90th Birthday
The Kennedy Center Honors
Winner: Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theatre
65th Annual Tony Awards
This is a coup for Louis C.K. because of the nature of this special. He wrote and self-funded the recording of this special. He then self-released it via his website, made millions from the sales. Then, to be considered for an Emmy, got FX to agree to air it once on TV. The special then got the nomination and now the Emmy win. That’s how you handle your sh*t folks.
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Don Mischer for The 84th Annual Academy Awards
Louis J. Horvitz for The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Louis C.K. for Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theatre
Alan Skog for New York City Ballet George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Winner: Glenn Weiss for The 65th Annual Tony Awards
No sweep on this special for Louis C.K. but read above’s explanation for getting it done.
Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
Winner: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
All deserving series, but night after night and on a weekly basis, The Daily Show creates so many pop culture moments there’s a reason it’s dominated in this category for 10 years.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Winner: Modern Family
Oh Modern Family, you and all your silly awards. Congrats on another great year. Let’s hope you can be dethroned at some point by some of the other great comedies out there.