Memo to TV Academy: Allow Stephen Colbert to Contend for Comedy Actor.

Stephen Colbert

If there’s one thing I know with my heart it’s that Stephen Colbert should be in Emmy race for Best Comedy Actor. I know this because that’s what my gut tells me. My gut tells me that for 150+ episodes a year he gives an outstanding performance that deserves to be included in this top Emmy category that has gone to TV comedy legends such as Alan Alda, Ted Danson and Carroll O’Connor.

I know this to be true not because it’s something I learned in a book, but rather it is a truth I feel. That being said, I know that the TV academy is made up of liberal, Ivy-league educated, elitist, fact-inistas. So in order to make the case for Colbert I am going to need to meddle in the dark arts of logic, facts and (worst of all) reason.

In 2009 the academy dropped its variety performance category leaving Colbert, along with a slew of other hosts, to wander the television landscape without an Emmy category to call home. The Emmys also brought in a rule that regulars on sketch comedy shows may enter in the supporting comedy races. However, the Emmys were flexible with this rule in 2010, allowing Tracey Ullman to compete as Comedy Actress for her sketch show “State of the Union.”

Could one make the argument that Colbert is a regular on a sketch show? Yes, if you consider the segments that make up “The Colbert Report” — ‘The Word,’ ‘Better Know a District,’ ‘Formidable Opponent’ and interviews — to be a collection of stand-alone comedy sketches in which Colbert just happens to play the same character. And the Emmys could bump him up to lead just like they did with Ullman.

Even if the academy rejects that line of argument, it’s absurd for them to consider sketch comedy performances more acceptable entries in the comedy categories than that of Colbert. He spends 75 hours of television a year developing and honing a consistent character with depth. The real Stephen Colbert is even more of a deviation from his character than past comedy nominees Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld and winner Ray Romano were from the TV versions of themselves.

Source: Goldderby.com

5 thoughts on “Memo to TV Academy: Allow Stephen Colbert to Contend for Comedy Actor.

  1. This! All of this! Ohh wow. I could not agree with this any more. Especially this part: “Even if the academy rejects that line of argument, it’s absurd for them to consider sketch comedy performances more acceptable entries in the comedy categories than that of Colbert. He spends 75 hours of television a year developing and honing a consistent character with depth.”

    I don’t even have a point to make that hasn’t already been made in this article. I can’t think of any reason why he couldn’t be included in the Best Comedy Actor category.

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  2. This is written by Matt Noble, by the way–just in case you don’t follow the link to the original.

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  3. I’ve thought that for a long time now. He’s acting and should be able to be considered for best actor, just the way Jerry Seinfeld played Jerry Seinfeld on his show that also beared his last name.
    I don’t know if they will ever allow it. I don’t really have a lot of hope for the Emmy people to finally recognize Stephen’s greatness.

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  4. Since the Emmys continue to cut categories, sadly, I don’t expect them to bring one back. I have really given up with them in terms of Stephen, at least for best show. He’s won writing Emmys so he’s got them on his shelf. I’m afraid I’ll just have to be happy with the Writer’s Guild, Producer’s Guild, Grammy Awards, Peabody Awards, and… Maxxim. ;-)

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