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The 2020 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 28. As per annual tradition, I have assembled a Wish List for as many categories as I have something to say about. There is no minimum or maximum number per category, nor is there any strict adherence to official Emmy rules. And of course, there is the necessary caveat that I have not seen everything. Even with much of the country shut down for the past few months, that’s impossible.

Yesterday I kicked off my Emmy Wish List coverage with plenty of Drama. Today it’s time to laugh along with the Comedies, and boy, what a year for laughter it was! At the top of my list are those wacky vampires (Vacky vampires? Wacky wampires? Vacky wampires?) of What We Do in the Shadows, which in its second season staked itself permanently in my heart. It’s my winner for Comedy Series and all but one of the acting categories. Too bad it doesn’t have a Supporting Actress, otherwise it would’ve been a clean sweep.

Matt Berry is at the top of the Lead Actor heap thanks almost entirely to the Jackie Dayton episode (which ought to also earn Mark Hamill a Guest Actor trophy). Meanwhile, Mark Proksch slays the Supporting Actor Field thanks to Colin Robinson taking full advantage of his promotion. And Natasia Demetriou is the #1 Lead Actress because Nadja is awesome in every episode.

As for the Supporting ladies, I’ve got a little bit of everything, and ultimately it just felt right to go with the representative of the oldest show on my ballot as the winner.

Some other notables: Never Have I Ever and mixed-ish make the strongest showings of freshman series, Sex Education switches its category placement from Drama to Comedy (and remains worthy of praise), and I’m currently only on Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek, but I’m sure it’s just as good in its final season.

Bold=My winner
!( )!=I haven’t caught up to the current season of this show, but I still wanted to recognize it.

Comedy Series
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Never Have I Ever
Sex Education
!(Schitt’s Creek)!
What We Do in the Shadows

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Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Matt Berry, What We Do in the Shadows
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Keir Gilchrist, Atypical
John Goodman, The Conners
!(Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek)!
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.
Kayvan Novak, What We Do in the Shadows
Paul Rudd, Living with Yourself
Bashir Salahuddin, Sherman’s Showcase

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Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Aisling Bea, Living with Yourself
Alison Brie, GLOW
Natasia Demetriou, What We Do in the Shadows
Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Katy Mixon, American Housewife
!(Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek)!
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Never Have I Ever

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Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Lance Barber, Young Sheldon
Deon Cole, black-ish
Troy Gentile, The Goldbergs
Harvey Guillén, What We Do in the Shadows
!(Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek)!
Mark Proksch, What We Do in the Shadows

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Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Lauren Ash, Superstore
Christina Anthony, mixed-ish
Emma Mackey, Sex Education
Kaitlin Olson, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Edi Patterson, The Righteous Gemstones
Annie Potts, Young Sheldon
Aimee Lou Wood, Sex Education

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Mark Hamill, What We Do in the Shadows
John Legend, Sherman’s Showcase
Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
Haley Joel Osment, What We Do in the Shadows

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Greta Lee, What We Do in the Shadows
Lucy Punch, What We Do in the Shadows
Zuri Salahuddin, Sherman’s Showcase

John McEnroe, Never Have I Ever
Andy Samberg, Never Have I Ever