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Lorne Michaels

Highest Rated:   100% Under African Skies (2012)
Lowest Rated:   11% The Ladies Man (2000)
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Producer Lorne Michaels is almost solely responsible for introducing a staggering number of current celebrities into the world spotlight through his immensely popular weekly sketch-comedy series, Saturday Night Live: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Phil Hartman, and Will Ferrell, just to name a few. A native of Canada, Michaels earned an English degree from the University of Toronto and proceeded to leave the country for a stint as an automotive salesman in England. He returned to Canada in 1966 and became half of a popular comedy duo, with fellow writer/comedian Hart Pomerantz who performed on a CBC satire show. The duo's success led to the start of a new show entitled The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour. In the late '60s, the pair headed south to the States and found themselves writing for The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. While the show didn't last beyond six weeks, it did lead to assignments writing for such shows as Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. In 1975, Michaels was approached to create a pilot for a late Saturday night spot that had been airing reruns of The Tonight Show. He gathered some unknown writers and comedians together and Saturday Night Live began its first season. Michaels stayed with the show until 1980, left for five years, and returned in 1985 at the request of Brandon Tartikoff, then the NBC chief of programming, in order to save what had since become a failing show. Saturday Night Live has received over 60 Emmy nominations, has won more than a dozen of them, and Michaels has himself earned no less than eight of the awards, five of which were the result of Saturday Night Live. In 1979, Michaels founded his production company, Broadway Video, through which he developed another sketch-comedy television series called The Kids in the Hall. First attaining success in Canada, the show launched the careers of David Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Scott Thompson, Mark McKinney, and Kevin McDonald, and later aired in the US where it gained a huge cult following. With 1992's Wayne's World, a big-screen adaptation of a popular SNL sketch, Michaels added box-office blockbuster film producer to his resumé. Over the ensuing years, he continued to work on feature film projects while remaining the head-honcho of Saturday Night Live. His films have been a mixture of hits (Tommy Boy) and bombs (The Ladies Man). In 2006 Michaels scored yet another small screen hit as Executive Producer of 30 Rock, the Emmy-winning NBC sitcom starring SNL alumni Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan as the head writer and star, respectively, of a popular television sketch comedy show (as well as featuring frequent SNL host Alec Baldwin as their arrogant boss), with additional producing duties on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Portlandia (featuring active SNL cast member Fred Armisen) serving to keep the television veteran active during the work week.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
34% Masterminds
  • Producer
$17.4M 2016
67% Brother Nature
  • Producer
2016
67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Producer
$18.4M 2016
72% I Am Chris Farley
  • Actor
2015
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
93% The Last Impresario
  • Actor
2014
38% The Guilt Trip
  • Producer
$37.2M 2012
100% Under African Skies
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Saturday Night
  • Actor
2010
47% MacGruber
  • Producer
$8.1M 2010
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special
  • Actor
2009
64% Baby Mama
  • Producer
$60.3M 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s
  • Director
2008
40% Hot Rod
  • Producer
$13.9M 2007
No Score Yet GE Smith - 50 Watt Fuse
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet 50 Watt Fuse
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Comedy Gold: The Hilarious Story of Canadian Comedy
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch
  • Executive Producer
2004
84% Mean Girls
  • Producer
$86M 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet SNL: 25 Years of Music (Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Music)
  • Executive Producer
2003
72% Enigma
  • Producer
2002
11% The Ladies Man
  • Producer
$13.4M 2000
63% Man on the Moon
  • himself
1999
32% Superstar
  • Producer
1999
38% Kids in the Hall 'Brain Candy'
  • Producer
1999
11% A Night at the Roxbury
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy
  • Producer
1998
28% Black Sheep
  • Producer
1996
30% Stuart Saves His Family
  • Producer
1995
44% Tommy Boy
  • Producer
1995
87% Lassie
  • Producer
1994
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Producer
1993
33% Coneheads
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet Frosty Returns
  • Executive Producer
1992
86% Wayne's World
  • Producer
1992
44% Three Amigos!
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1986
No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever
  • Producer
1984
No Score Yet Gilda Live
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1980
No Score Yet Mr. Mike's Mondo Video
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1979
90% All You Need Is Cash
  • Sleazy Merchandiser
  • Executive Producer
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Man Seeking Woman
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
97% Portlandia
2011
  • Appearing
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Creator
  • Appearing
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2016
42% Maya & Marty
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
94% Documentary Now!
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
17% Mulaney
2014-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
  • 2013
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
71% Up All Night
2011-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
  • 2011

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