All the Interesting Comedy Stuff that Happened at the Emmys

The zillionth annual Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and we weeded through the three-hour ceremony to pull anything interesting related to comedy that happened. Below, please find a full list of comedy winners and nominees from the ceremony (which is available in its entirety on CBS’s website) and the clips of the best comedy moments from the event, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s acceptance speech with help from her bodyman Tony Hale and Will Ferrell’s closing bit.

As far as the awards winners go, there were very few surprises, which is pretty typical of the Emmys. Modern Family won for best comedy series for the fourth year in a row, Jim Parsons won his third leading actor statue for The Big Bang Theory, and Julie Louis-Dreyfus won her second consecutive for Veep, while Veep’s Tony Hale and Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever pulled off surprising supporting wins. One big upset occurred in the Outstanding Variety Series category, with The Colbert Report winning the category for the first time ever and ending The Daily Show’s unprecedented 10-year streak. Colbert also took home the award for writing for a variety series, which usually goes to The Daily Show (although Colbert has won twice before).

Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory



Modern Family


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Louis C.K., Louie

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Variety Series

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

The Colbert Report

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Adam Driver, Girls

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Bill Hader, SNL

Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Jane Lynch, Glee

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Meritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Writing for a Comedy

30 Rock, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock for “Hogcock!”

30 Rock, Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield for “Last Lunch”

Episodes, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik for “Episode 209”

Louie, Louis C.K. (story and teleplay) and Pamela Adlon (story) for “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)”

The Office, Greg Daniels for “Finale”

Directing for a Comedy Series

Girls, Lena Dunham for “On All Fours”

Glee, Paris Barclay for “Diva”

Louie, Louis C.K. for “New Year’s Eve”

Modern Family, Gail Mancuso for “Arrested”

30 Rock, Beth McCarthy-Miller for “Hogcock!”

Writing for a Variety Series

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Tim Carvell (Head Writer), Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Steve Bodow, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart

The Colbert Report - Opus Moreschi (Head Writer), Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Barry Julien, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Dan Guterman, Paul Dinello, Nate Charny, Bobby Mort

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Gary Greenberg (Co-Head Writer), Molly McNearny (Co-Head Writer), Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Sal Iacono, James Kimmel, Rick Rosner, Danny Ricker, Eric Immerman, Jeff Loveness, Josh Holloway, Bess Kalb, Joelle Boucai, Bryan Paulk

Portlandia - Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley

Real Time with Bill Maher - Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Danny Vermont, Scott Carter

Saturday Night Live - Seth Meyers (Co-Head Writer), Colin Jost (Co-Head Writer), James Anderson, Alex Baze, Neil Casey, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Joe Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Lorne Michaels, Mike O’Brien, Josh Patten, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker, Robert Smigel (additional sketch by)

Directing for a Variety Series

James Hoskinson, The Colbert Report

Chuck O’Neil, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Andy Fisher, Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jerry Foley, The Late Show With David Letterman

Jonathan Krisel, Portlandia

Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live

After a lackluster cold open, Neil Patrick Harris’s opening monologue was made great with the help of some of the best hosts of recent years.

Merritt Wever’s surprise win for best supporting actress in a comedy was immediately proven worthy when she gave the best speech ever.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her second Emmy for her role on Veep, and luckily her personal aide Gary Walsh was on hand to help out.

Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield won for their 30 Rock finale script and made a charming duo.

The Colbert Report broke the The Daily Show’s decade-long streak for Variety Shows. In his second speech of the night, Colbert thanks Jon Stewart and gives a sweet mention to his mother, who passed away this summer.

Will Ferrell’s managed to pull out one of the best bits of the night at the very end, as he and his adorable sons presented the best comedy and drama awards to Modern Family and Breaking Bad

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