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The Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy nominees for 2011 include perennial favorites and multiple winners (see: Alec Baldwin) and at least one newcomer to the category. Look for competition in this category to be really tight, though one cannot argue that sending Steve Carell out on a high note, Emmy statue in hand (no, he's never won), would be fantastic. Yes, this list of 2011 Emmy nominees includes some of the funniest men who've graced our TV screens - many of them for years. Who got snubbed? Hard to argue with these nominees, but if you'd like to say your peace, feel free to do so in the comments!

If you're totally into comedy TV and want to check out the 2011 Emmy nominees in other comedy categories, take a gander at some of our other lists, including the lovely, hilarious women up for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and, of course, the grand list of Best Comedy Series!
Jim Parsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy Nominees for 2011
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Jim Parsons


Jim Parsons is one of two actors on the CBS sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory' who are nominated in this particular category. Yep, Parsons has competition from co-star Johnny Galecki this year. This is Parsons' third nomination for 'Big Bang' (he won in this category in 2010), so he's already established himself as an Emmy darling. Will that give him an advantage? Hard to say - but either way, he deserves accolades for his hilarious work as Sheldon Cooper. For those keeping score, this is Parsons' third Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy nomination. He's also won a Golden Globe (in 2010, a big year for him!) for 'Big Bang Theory.'

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Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy Nominees for 2011
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Johnny Galecki


Johnny Galecki is a newcomer to the Emmy Awards, having received his first-ever nomination in 2011 for his role as Leonard Hofstadter in CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory.' He's up against his co-star, Jim Parsons (who won in this category in 2010), and faces some stiff competition. When asked about their nominations, Parsons told 'The Hollywood Reporter,' "If he wins and I don’t or I win and he doesn’t, there’ll be a cage match."

Alrighty! If one of them wins, we're holding Parsons to it: 'The Big Bang Theory' Cage Match, 2011!

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy Nominees for 2011
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Steve Carell


To say that Steve Carell has been a perennial Emmy favorite might be the understatement of the year - but it's definitely true. Carell is, once again, up for best actor in a comedy series for his work on 'The Office.' It's a fitting farewell to one of the funniest actors ever to grace our small screen. Keeping score? This is Carell's sixth (consecutive!) nomination for 'The Office.' Sixth. And, guess what? He's never won. Never. Will this be an even bigger send-off for Carell? Could be.

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Matt LeBlanc is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy Nominees for 2011
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Matt LeBlanc


Matt LeBlanc is no stranger to the Emmys, having been nominated three times for his role as Joey on 'Friends.' Now, LeBlanc is up for a Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy as...well...as himself on Showtime's 'Episodes.' Wait, what? Okay okay, so if he wins, do they give him two statues? And who'll accept: the real Matt LeBlanc or the fictional one? And, how will we know? Never mind. Too confusing. Kudos to Matt LeBlanc, though, for snagging his fourth Emmy nomination...

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