Louis C.K.: Lead actor in a comedy
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Before they were Emmy nominees

Louis C.K.: Lead actor in a comedy
Claim to fame: Her eight years on “Saturday Night Live” brought her two Emmy nominations, and the second year of “Parks and Recreation” brought her a third nomination.

Did you know: Poehler performed with Second City in Chicago before joining the improv group Upright Citizens Brigade. That group made several sketch appearances on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and had a sketch series on Comedy Central that lasted three seasons.

Other credits: Poehler co-created the Nickelodeon animated series “The Mighty B!” Her voice performance on the series earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination.  (FX)
Chris Colfer: Supporting comedy actor
Claim to fame: Playing openly gay glee club member Kurt Hummel, who sings soprano and joins the football team to impress his father on “Glee.”

Did you know: The festival favorite “Russell Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident” features Colfer as a scrawny kid trying to pass the Presidential Fitness Test so he can graduate high school. If he fails, he won’t be able to attend Harvard in the fall.

Other credits: Before “Glee,” Colfer was busy competing in Future Farmers of America, speech and debate and performing with the drama club at a Clovis, Calif., high school. (Fox)
Mariska Hargitay: Lead actress in a drama
Claim to fame: Her tough-as-nails detective role as Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: SVU.”

Did you know: Before she started collecting Emmy nominations for “SVU” in 2004 (she won in 2006), she took a string of mostly television jobs. Hargitay, the daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and body-builder Mickey Hargitay, made an unforgettable appearance on “Baywatch” in 1989 as a rebellious rich girl dead set on dating a lifeguard. A few years later she was cast in “The Pilot” episode of “Seinfeld.” Not the actual pilot, but the show about themselves that Jerry and the gang were pitching during the fourth season. Hargitay’s character tried out for the part of Elaine, who, of course, was played by Emmy winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Other credits: She spent a season on the soap “Falcon Crest” as Carly Fixx, a girl who is in love with her step-brother, and later took a guest starring role on “Ellen.” Mike Myers also had fun with the actress’ name in “The Love Guru,” using “Mariska Hargitay” in place of a traditional Hindu greeting.  (NBC)
Elisabeth Moss: Supporting actress in a drama
Claim to fame: We know her best as Don Draper’s former secretary turned copywriter Peggy Olson on “Mad Men” and first daughter Zoey Bartlet on “West Wing.”

Did you know: A busy actress since 1990, she once played a young Ashley Judd in the biopic “Naomi and Wynonna Judd: Love Can Build a Bridge” about the Judds’ rise to country music stardom. A few years later she starred alongside Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie in “Girl, Interrupted,” nearly unrecognizable as burn victim Polly “Torch” Clark.

Other credits: She landed a supporting role as Jonah Hill‘s girlfriend in the 2010 raunch comedy “Get Him to the Greek,” and some fans may also recall her recurring role as Cynthia Parks on “Picket Fences.”  (AMC)
Kristen Wiig: Supporting actress in a comedy
Claim to fame: Her many roles on “Saturday Night Live,” like leaving customers stranded at the register in her Target lady sketches, creating classroom chaos as Gilly and doing drunk impressions of Kathy Lee Gifford on “Today.”

Did you know: Before becoming a household name, Wiig starred in the fake reality show “The Joe Schmo Show.” A group of actors, including Wiig, pretended to be competing for a $100,000 prize, but in reality all their antics were done as a hoax for one unsuspecting victim. Wiig played Dr. Pat, a marriage counselor who had been married multiple times.

Other credits: Aside from her leading role as down-on-her luck Annie in the raunchy chick flick “Bridesmaids,” Wiig’s funny film roles include a slightly neurotic E! exec in “Knocked Up,” roller derby princess in “Whip It” and amusement park manager in “Adventureland”.  (NBC)
Hugh Laurie: Lead actor in a drama
Claim to fame: Laurie is best known to American audiences as the brilliant but cranky Dr. House on the long-running Fox series “House,” where he’s been nominated for six Emmys, won two Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. But before his network television debut, Laurie was best known as half of the British comedy duo Fry and Laurie alongside Stephen Fry, which appeared on several different BBC series.

Did you know: One of Laurie’s first credits was on an episode of the popular British sitcom “The Young Ones” with comedy partner Fry and one-time girlfriend Emma Thompson.

Other credits: Laurie’s first novel, “The Gun Seller,” was released in 1996 and became a bestseller. He’s currently working on his second novel.  (Fox)
Jon Hamm: Lead actor in a drama
Claim to fame: As the caddish Don Draper on the much-lauded AMC series “Mad Men,” Hamm has received a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards and multiple Emmy nominations. The role made him a household name and a sex symbol.

Did you know: He had a supporting role in the independent comedy “Kissing Jessica Stein,” written by and starring his domestic partner, Jennifer Westfeldt. He also had a run of guest shots on multiple TV series, including “CSI: Miami” and “Gilmore Girls.”

Other credits: Hamm is a “30 Rock” favorite as Liz Lemon’s love interest, the “so handsome...so, so stupid!” Dr. Drew Baird, who lost his hands in two separate accidents.  (AMC)
Amy Poehler: Lead actress in a comedy
Claim to fame: She spent eight years getting laughs on “Saturday Night Live,” before landing her own show, “Parks and Recreation.” The mockumentary follows mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Poehler) as she tries to improve life in her hometown of Pawnee, Indiana. The peppy blonde earned two Emmy nods for her days on “SNL” and two more for “Parks and Rec.”

Did you know: Poehler performed with Second City in Chicago before joining the improv group Upright Citizens Brigade. That group made several sketch appearances on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and had a sketch series on Comedy Central that lasted three seasons.

Other credits: Poehler co-created the Nickelodeon animated series “The Mighty B!” Her voice performance on the series earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination.  (NBC)
Peter Dinklage: Supporting actor in a drama
Claim to fame: Her eight years on “Saturday Night Live” brought her two Emmy nominations, and the second year of “Parks and Recreation” brought her a third nomination.

Did you know: Poehler performed with Second City in Chicago before joining the improv group Upright Citizens Brigade. That group made several sketch appearances on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and had a sketch series on Comedy Central that lasted three seasons.

Other credits: Poehler co-created the Nickelodeon animated series “The Mighty B!” Her voice performance on the series earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination.  (HBO)
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