Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Arthur Spooner Award- Supporting in Comedy

Named For: Arthur Spooner (King of Queens)
Awarded To: The best supporting character in a comedy series
2009 Winner: Kevin Malone (The Office)
2010 Winner: Leon Black (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
2011 Winner: Troy Barnes (Community)

10. Pierce Hawthorne (Community) 4 points
3rd by Jack, 5th by Me

9. Craig Pelton (Community) 7 points
2nd by T-time, 3rd by Me

8. Kevin Malone (The Office) 9 points
3rd by Matt

7. Tracy Jordan (30 Rock) 13 points
3rd by Bonz

6. Abed Nadir (Community) 13 points
1st by Matt, 4th by Me

5. Taco MacArthur (The League) 15 points
2nd by Cecil, Larry, and Mags

4. Max Blum (Happy Endings) 18 points
1st by T-time, 1st by Me

3. Luke Dunphy (Modern Family) 20 points
1st by Tyson and Cecil

2. Leon Black (Curb Your Enthusiasm) 25 points
1st by Larry, Mags, and Bonz

and the Poolie goes to...

1. Troy Barnes (Community) 32 points
1st by Jaydon, Rizzo, and Jack, 2nd by Me

This is Troy Barnes's second nomination and second straight win for best supporting character in a comedy series.  Here to discuss why Troy is such a great character is Poolie voter Jaydon.

With the axing of showrunner Dan Harmon and the exodus of many other core writers, season three will likely be considered the final “real” season of Community. Luckily, in fear of cancellation, the show ended on a note that could have worked as a series finale. Troy was one of the characters that felt as if he had completed his arc by season’s end.

This season Troy moved in with Abed, feuded and made up with him and sacrificed his life at Greendale for the good of his friends. While Abed threatened to slip deeper into a disturbing fantasy life, Troy matured while maintaining his whimsical side. In the much loved Remedial Chaos Theory, it’s Troy’s absence that brings about the dark timeline, suggesting his role as the heart of the study group.

Perhaps more importantly, Troy continued to be Community’s funniest character with moments like eating the candy cigarette, acting “normal” with Abed for Shirley’s wedding, employing a Southern accent to represent the European country of Georgia, his $60 windfall, transitioning from Inspector Spacetime roleplaying to spitting at a damsel, bubbe/boobie confusion, “all-terrain, dummy”, the pen pal call, bad copping and manly karate adventures.

This is two Poolies in a row for Troy but it’ll be a miracle if he gets the threepeat with new writers. However, Donald Glover is talented enough to keep it in the realm of possibility.

by Jonathan Stuart

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