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      Lorne Michaels

      Lorne Michaels

      Highest Rated: 100% The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 11% The Ladies Man (2000)

      Birthday: Nov 17, 1944

      Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      An iconic Canadian television and film producer, Lorne Michaels is best known for co-creating and producing the legendary NBC sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), as well as dozens of other films and television shows. Born and raised in Toronto, Michaels got his start in show business by working as a broadcaster for CBC Radio in the mid-1960s. He moved to Los Angeles in 1968 to write for the comedy shows "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show" (NBC, 1968) and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (NBC, 1968-1973). In the early 1970s Michaels moved back to Canada to star in, along with his comedy partner Hart Pomerantz, the comedy series "The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour" (CBC, 1970-71) on Canadian television. That show, however, ended after a single season. Michaels returned to America in the early '70s and continued writing comedy for various television shows. Then in 1975 he co-created, along with Dick Ebersol and Herb Schlosser, the NBC sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live." The show skewered everything from pop-culture to politics and proved to be a breeding ground for topic comedic talent, like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and various others. "Saturday Night Live" was hugely popular in the 1970s, with several of its stars going on to have huge movie careers. Michaels left the show in 1980 to focus on producing films, but returned to show in 1985 where he remained. Throughout Michaels' tenure on "Saturday Night Live," the show was the launching pad for some of the biggest stars in entertainment, including Adam Sandler, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, and Kate McKinnon. In addition to producing "Saturday Night Live," Michaels became the producer of NBC's "Late Night" (NBC, 1982- ), beginning in 1993, and "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1954- ), beginning in 2014. Furthermore, his Broadway Video production shingle produced dozens of film comedies and television shows that starred "SNL" alums, most notably "Wayne's World" (1992), "Tommy Boy" (1995), "Mean Girls" (2004), "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013), and "Shrill" (Hulu, 2019- ). In the fall of 2019 "Saturday Night Live" premiered its 45th season, with Michaels, who was 74, still serving as executive producer.

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      Lorne Michaels in attendance for THE FERRYMAN Opening Night on Broadway, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre & Edison Ballroom, New York, NY October 21, 2018. Photo By: Eli Winston/Everett Collection Lorne Michaels at arrivals for LIVE FROM NEW YORK! Opening Night Premiere of the 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY April 15, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Lorne Michaels at arrivals for LIVE FROM NEW YORK! Opening Night Premiere of the 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY April 15, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Lorne Michaels at arrivals for LIVE FROM NEW YORK! Opening Night Premiere of the 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY April 15, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection THE LADIES MAN, Tim Meadows, Producer Lorne Michaels, on set, 2000, ©Paramount CONEHEADS, producer Lorne Michaels, director Steve Barron, on set, 1993. ©Paramount WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, foreground from left: producers Ian Bryce, Lorne Michaels, on set, 2016. ph: Frank Masi/© Paramount Pictures THE GUILT TRIP, from left: producers Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, on set, 2012. ph: Sam Emerson/©Paramount Pictures TOMMY BOY, David Spade, Chris Farley, producer Lorne Michaels, Bo Derek, on set, 1995. ©Paramount Pictures HOT ROD, Andy Samberg, producer Lorne Michaels, director Akiva Schaffer, on set, 2007. ©Paramount HOT ROD, producer Lorne Michaels, director Akiva Schaffer, on set, 2007. ©Paramount MEAN GIRLS, Mark Waters, Lorne Michaels, 2004, (c) Paramount MEAN GIRLS, Tim Meadows, Lorne Michaels, 2004, (c) Paramount LASSIE, Lorne Michaels, 1994. (c) Paramount Pictures SUPERSTAR, Molly Shannon, producer Lorne Michaels, on set, 1999. (c)Paramount Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      69% 62% Mean Girls Producer $72.4M 2024
      100% 88% The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks Self - 2022
      91% 82% Belushi Self - 2020
      90% 44% Vampires vs. The Bronx Producer - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet (Future) Cult Classic Executive Producer - 2019
      89% 81% Love, Gilda Self $624.2K 2018
      34% 35% Masterminds Producer $17.3M 2016
      57% 28% Brother Nature Producer - 2016
      68% 54% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Producer $23.0M 2016
      33% 38% Staten Island Summer Producer - 2015
      94% 44% The Last Impresario Self - 2013
      37% 39% The Guilt Trip Producer $37.1M 2012
      No Score Yet 83% Saturday Night Unknown (Character) - 2010
      47% 35% MacGruber Producer $8.5M 2010
      63% 55% Baby Mama Producer $60.3M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Love & Die Executive Producer - 2008
      39% 64% Hot Rod Producer $13.9M 2007
      84% 66% Mean Girls Producer $86.1M 2004
      No Score Yet 84% Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special Director - 2004
      72% 54% Enigma Producer $4.3M 2001
      11% 42% The Ladies Man Producer $13.6M 2000
      64% 79% Man on the Moon Self $34.6M 1999
      32% 59% Superstar Producer $30.6M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet SNL: 25 Years of Music Executive Producer - 1999
      11% 69% A Night at the Roxbury Producer $30.3M 1998
      44% 77% Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy Producer $2.2M 1996
      30% 70% Black Sheep Producer $30.6M 1996
      40% 90% Tommy Boy Executive Producer,
      Producer
      $30.7M 1995
      30% 53% Stuart Saves His Family Producer $718.5K 1995
      88% 56% Lassie Producer $8.3M 1994
      35% 37% Coneheads Producer $20.2M 1993
      60% 63% Wayne's World 2 Producer $46.2M 1993
      79% 84% Wayne's World Producer $120.1M 1992
      45% 67% Three Amigos! Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $36.2M 1986
      No Score Yet 82% Gilda Live Producer - 1980
      No Score Yet 100% The Rutles Producer - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Executive Producer 2014-2024
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Executive Producer 2014-2024
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Writer,
      Creator,
      Executive Producer
      1993 2006-2010 2016-2024
      90% 95% Steve! (martin) a documentary in 2 pieces Self 2024
      84% 79% Miracle Workers Executive Producer 2019-2021 2023
      97% 83% The Other Two Executive Producer 2019 2021 2023
      100% No Score Yet The Kids in the Hall Executive Producer 2022-2023
      78% 90% Bupkis Executive Producer 2023
      93% 86% Schmigadoon! Executive Producer 2021 2023
      88% 82% A.P. Bio Executive Producer 2018-2021 2023
      95% 87% Documentary Now! Executive Producer 2016 2019 2022
      100% 81% Los Espookys Executive Producer 2019 2022
      100% 77% That Damn Michael Che Executive Producer 2021-2022
      100% 89% Bust Down Executive Producer 2022
      No Score Yet 68% Kenan Executive Producer 2021-2022
      85% 80% MacGruber Executive Producer 2021
      89% 86% Saturday Morning All Star Hits! Executive Producer 2021
      88% 63% Shrill Executive Producer 2019-2021
      No Score Yet 67% Mapleworth Murders Executive Producer 2020
      40% 98% Norm Macdonald Has a Show Guest 2018
      95% 88% Detroiters Executive Producer 2018
      94% 80% Portlandia Producer 2018
      94% 87% Man Seeking Woman Executive Producer 2015-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dateline NBC Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 87% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2016
      38% 76% Maya & Marty Executive Producer 2016
      17% 41% Mulaney Executive Producer 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Executive Producer 2009-2014
      78% 92% 30 Rock Executive Producer 2006-2013
      67% 64% Up All Night Executive Producer 2011-2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Executive Producer 2008-2009 2012
      40% No Score Yet The Tracy Morgan Show Executive Producer 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Writer 1969