Dave Chappelle has started Emmys season with a win, picking up the guest comedy actor Emmy for hosting Saturday Night Live at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies last weekend. The iconic comedian has also been nominated in three other categories this season, with one race still to be decided at the Primetime Emmys ceremony on 19th September.
Chappelle won the guest comedy actor Emmy for hosting a post-election episode of Saturday Night Live, beating out competitors including other SNL hosts Daniel Kaluuuya, Dan Levy and Alec Baldwin, alongside Morgan Freeman (The Kominsky Method). This is Chappelle’s second win in the guest comedy actor category—the first one being awarded in 2017 for hosting the late-night sketch comedy show on NBC—and his fifth Emmy overall. Chappelle’s 8:46 did lose out to Bo Burnham’s Inside in both the Directing for a Variety Special and Writing for a Variety Special categories this year, but he’s still in the running for Best Variety Special (pre-recorded).
In addition to Chappelle, American actress and comedian Maya Rudolph won the award for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series making her the first person in 20 years to win a consecutive Emmy in the same category. Rudolph won the top honours for her performance on Saturday Night Live as well, marking the show’s second consecutive win in the same category.
The variety show has picked up 21 nominations this year with seven wins to its name including the award for Directing for a Variety Series. Other wins in the comedy categories feature Ted Lasso for Casting in a Comedy Series, Carpool Karaoke for Short Form Comedy, Keke Palmer (Turnt Up With The Taylors) for Best Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, and J.B. Smoove (Mapleworth Murders) for Best Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama series.