5 Sideliner Comedy Actors Stealing the Show

9:30 AM 6/5/2018

by Rebecca Ford

A TV icon (Henry Winkler) lands a new role, and freshly minted Oscar (Kumail Nanjiani) and Tony (Brian Tyree Henry) nominees shine on their series.

Kumail Nanjiani (left) and Henry Winkler
Kumail Nanjiani (left) and Henry Winkler
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO; John P. Johnson/HBO

  • Alec Baldwin

    Saturday Night Live (NBC)

    Alec Baldwin (left)
    Alec Baldwin (left)
    Screengrab/NBC

    For his Emmy-winning portrayal of President Trump, Baldwin finally got a reaction from the tweeting POTUS in March, who called his performance “agony for those who were forced to watch.”

  • Brian Tyree Henry

    Atlanta (FX)

    Curtis Baker/FX

    Henry, who earned a Tony nomination this year for Broadway’s Lobby Hero, digs deeper with Paper Boi this season as the rapper struggles with newfound fame while tackling challenges from getting a haircut to surviving a night in the woods.

  • Marc Maron

    GLOW (Netflix)

    Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    As the only major male character on the Netflix series, the comedian-podcaster’s work as the B-movie director turned women’s wrestling coach, who has a temper but also a softer side, has earned him praise for his acting chops.

  • Kumail Nanjiani

    Silicon Valley (HBO)

    Courtesy of HBO

    Fresh off an Oscar nom for co-writing The Big Sick — based on his real-life relationship with wife Emily V. Gordon — Nanjiani returned to play the mostly lovable (and sometimes annoying) coder Dinesh in HBO’s geeky hit.

  • Henry Winkler

    Barry (HBO)

    Courtesy of John P. Johnson/HBO

    The Happy Days star (and five-time Emmy nominee) takes on another memorable TV role as an enthusiastic Los Angeles acting coach who attempts to train a hit man (Bill Hader) to act.

    This story first appeared in a June stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.