Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star
, was again nominated in that category as well as outstanding guest actress for her much-lauded performance as host on “Saturday Night Live.”
The list of nominees only reinforces Chicago's reputation as an influential comedy training ground, with former
Both came up in Chicago's sketch and improv scene in the 90s, as did nominee and Second City alum
Northwestern alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also sharpened her comedic chops at Second City, was nominated for her performance on "Veep."
From “Saturday Night Live,” which has always had its fair share of Chicago transplants, writers (and former Second City mainstagers) Michael Patrick O'Brienand Shelly Gossman were nominated along with Alex Baze, John Mulaney and head writer
Others with Chicago ties include past Emmy winner
Former Chicago theater stalwart