Vulture Presents Comedians vs. Critics Emmys Debate Live


Vulture brought out three of their very comedic staff writers and pit them against actual comedians to debate Emmy categories live at Brookfield Place on Sept. 17. Hunter Harris, Jackson McHenry and Kathryn VanArendonk led each round providing opening statements for the comedians to rebutle. Despite losing in the end, Rachel Pegram, Sam Taggart and Natalie Walker put up a great fight and put on an even better show. Topping it all off were the hosts, comedians Cathrine Cohen and Pat Regan who quickly learned that Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us is, in fact, not a spin off of NBC’s This is Us.

With all the comedy on stage, the Beyoncé vs. Nanette category turned into a very passionate Beyoncé versus Carpool Karaoke debate. Of course by the end, Harris proved wether it’s Nanette or a bunch of celebrities singing in cars, Beyoncé triumphs.


Despite all the great comedic timing, the debate intensified as individuals became passionate about their faves. McHenery and VanArendonk defended Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag till the end granting them major points for the critics. VanArendonk’s no nonsense attitude only added to her unintentional humor and she put up a fight for why Antiques Road Show is the best reality show and why Emilia Clarke should win Outstanding Drama Actress for basically carrying Game of Thrones through a tough season. Not only did VanArendonk win both of those rounds, she managed proved that many people just didn’t know the name of Viola Davis’ character in How to Get Away With Murder; a discovery that ultimately brought her to victory and made many question each other.

With the critics in the lead from the very beginning the comedians fought to keep up and definitely dropped some gems. Specifically Pegram who stayed unimpressed as she unapologetically noted all of these white women (nominated) are interchangeable and in addition, went against poplar opinion and stated Fleabag’s “Hot Priest” isn’t that hot.