A loss in both categories is unusual for “SNL,” as it usually lays claim to at least one of the two, having nabbed 10 out of 20 guest acting Emmys given out in the last decade. The last time the sketch comedy series lost both was in 2015, when Bradley Whitford won for “Transparent” and Joan Cusak won for “Shameless.” Prior to that, “SNL” hosts also came up empty handed in 2013, when Melissa Leo won for “Louie” and Bob Newhart won for “The Big Bang Theory.”
Since 2009, “SNL’s” winners in the guest acting categories have included Justin Timberlake and Tina Fey in 2009, Betty White in 2010, Timberlake again in 2011, Jimmy Fallon in both 2012 and 2014, Fey and Amy Poehler in 2016, Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy in 2017, and Tiffany Haddish in 2018.
For “Maisel” to shut out the comedy series, Kirby and Lynch had to beat all of this years Emmy-nominated “SNL” hosts — Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, John Mulaney, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Sandra Oh.
In “Mrs. Maisel,” Kirby plays the real-life comedian Lenny Bruce, while Lynch plays the fictional comedian Sophie Lennon.
The Creative Arts Emmys will air on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. on FXX.