Edie Falco, Jim Parsons win comedy acting Emmys

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie” and Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” were honored Sunday with Emmy Awards for their comedy series lead roles.

Falco’s trophy for her role as a tough but troubled nurse came after her hallmark role as a mob boss’ wife in “The Sopranos,” for which she won three best drama actress Emmys.

“Oh, this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this awards show. I’m not funny!” Falco said.

Parsons won for his portrayal of a scientist as nerdy as he is brilliant. He ended fellow nominee Alec Baldwin’s two-year winning streak for “30 Rock” and beat out other heavyweights including Tony Shalhoub, nominated for the final season of “Monk” and a three-time winner, and Steve Carell of “The Office.”

“Now I know how much I didn’t think this was going to happen. Some of you apparently voted for me. That was very sweet,” Parsons told the theater audience.

Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” and Jane Lynch of “Glee” were honored for their comedy-series supporting roles.

“All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up,” said Stonestreet, who plays a boisterous gay dad and partner. He thanked his parents for their support and promised to send his trophy home with them.

Lynch also thanked her folks along with her wife, Lara Embry. The pair married in Masschusetts in May.

“This is outlandish. … I want to thank my lord and creator, Ryan Murphy, for creating his role,” Lynch said, paying tribute to the “Glee” executive producer.

Host Jimmy Fallon opened the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on a musical note, performing a song-and-dance number with the cast of “Glee” and a wildly mismatched group of celebrities including Betty White, Jon Hamm, Kate Gosselin and Randy Jackson.

Much of the group ended up on the Nokia Theatre stage to kick off the awards with a high-energy version of “Born to Run,” with Fallon on guitar.

“Tonight we’re going to celebrate your work,” Fallon told the audience. “So let’s have some fun tonight.”

Last year’s host, Neil Patrick Harris, was a presenter Sunday and took the time to rib Fallon.

“I want to thank the (TV) academy for allowing a gay man to host the Emmys two years in a row. Congratulations, Jimmy, you’re doing a good job,” Harris said, smiling.

“Glee,” the hit musical-comedy show about a high school glee club, was a leading nominee, including bids for best comedy series and cast members Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Lynch and Chris Colfer.

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