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Lorne Michaels


Lorne Michaels is the creator and executive producer of "Saturday Night Live," the longest-running and highest-rated weekly late night program in history.

Over the last 29 years, "SNL" has won countless Emmy Awards and was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and cited as "truly a national institution." Most recently, Michaels and the show were honored with a 2002 Emmy for Best Writing in a Variety/Comedy Series. Michaels has personally won ten Emmys as a writer and producer in television.

Michaels' film credits include "Three Amigos" (which he produced and co-wrote with Steve Martin and Randy Newman), "Wayne's World" (and its successful sequel), "Tommy Boy," "A Night at the Roxbury," "Superstar," and the WWII drama "Enigma," which he produced with Mick Jagger. Most recently, he produced the hit comedy "Mean Girls," starring Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey, who also wrote the film.

In addition to his weekly duties on "SNL," Michaels is executive producer of NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

Michaels' past television credits also include the series "The Kids in the Hall" and "Night Music", as well as specials with Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, The Rutles, Flip Wilson, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Neil Young and Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park.

On Broadway, he produced and directed "Gilda Radner Live from New York" and produced the subsequent motion picture "Gilda Live."

Michaels began his career in Toronto, where he attended the University of Toronto and worked as a writer and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Company and starred in the comedy series "The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour." In 1968, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a writer for NBC's "Rowan Martin's Laugh-In" and other television series' until he left in 1975 to begin "SNL" in New York.

In 1975, Michaels founded the New York-based production company Broadway Video Inc.
Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live