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VARIETY TALK SERIES

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

The show’s 25th season — the fifth in a row in this category, one of four nominees this year — came out of a new Times Square studio and featured guests as varied as Anthony Fauci, Monica Lewinsky, and Greta Thunberg. Noah’s profile certainly grew when he hosted the Grammys and the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

The late night dean, whose show is approaching its 20th anniversary, had a colorful season in which he traded barbs with Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert and shows with Jimmy Fallon on April 1. Sadly, this is his show’s only nomination this year; each of its competitors shows more.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Last week tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Brit-hosted show – this year’s only nominee to air just once a week, for half an hour – has won this award for six years in a row. But with just five nominations — including writing and directing, but the fewest since 2015, and a number matched this year by Stephen Colbert’s program — could it be vulnerable?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

This is the show’s sixth consecutive nom (Colbert won twice for The Colbert Report) for a season where the EP lost Chris Licht to CNN, debuted a new title sequence and welcomed Stephen Sondheim shortly before he died. It has a chance to win a category that has won five awards (the most ever), including writing and directing.

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

Emmy voters apparently took a closer look at this 12:30 p.m. show, which Meyers has hosted since 2014, and for a season that featured pop stars, officials (Hillary Clinton, Justice Sonia Sotomayor), and former host David Letterman, nominated it in this category (a scoop) and directing (it had never received multiple noms in one year before).

Late Night with Seth Meyers

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VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)

The Robin Thede showcase for Black comediennes has been nominated for all three seasons (each with six half-hour episodes). This one, as always, was packed with cameos (including one from alum Quinta Brunson, now with her own noms) and garnered five noms (which kept the series high), including writing and directing.

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Winner in each of the past five years, Lorne Michaels’ iconic show is on its 47th season – the first for the comedy trio Please Don’t Destroy and the last for Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson. The nine noms, including writing and directing, are the best in the category, but the number of acting nominations has dropped from 11 last year to three.

Saturday Night Live

Courtesy of Will Heath/NBC

This story first appeared in a standalone July issue of News Kidda magazine.

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