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Lorne Michaels

Birthdate:   17-Nov-1944
Category: Behind The Camera

Lorne Michaels is a Writer-Producer and occasional actor. He is best known for being the creative force behind Saturday Night Live.

A graduate with a degree in English from the University of Toronto, where he wrote and directed the annual revue, UC Follies, he left Canada after graduation to sell Jeeps in England.

Who says Producers don't have a sense of humour? A large and early influence on Lorne was his first father-in-law, Frank Shuster
of the comedy duo, Wayne and Shuster, Lorne started out in front of the cameras and microphones.

Returning to Canada in late 1966, he teamed with Hart Pomerantz and they worked as a comedy team appearing on CBC radio, and doing a little TV including a CBC political satire show, Five Nights a Week at This Time. They landed their own show, The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour. Next they headed to New York where they performed at the Improvisation on West 44th, and wrote for stand-up comics including a very encouraging Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, and Joan Rivers.

By the beginning of 1967, they were under contract to the William Morris Agency. A year later, they accepted an offer to to write for the summer replacement, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, and so headed to Hollywood.

Resume: Features & TV Movies:

-W indicates also Screenwriter
-E indicates Executive Producer.

Lily Tomlin (TV-1975)
Things We Did Last Summer (TV-1977)
The Paul Simon Special (TV-1977)
The Rutles (TV-1978-E)
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979-E)
Gilda Live (1980)
Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (TV-1981)
Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park (1982-E)
The Coneheads (TV-1983-E)
Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)
The Best of John Bulushi (VR-1985)
Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary (TV-1986-E)
Three Amigos (1986-W)
Superman 50th Anniversary (TV-1988-E)
The Best of Gilda Radner (VR-1989)
Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial (TV-1991-E)
Lookwell (TV-1991-E)
Wayne's World (1992)
Frosty Returns (TV-1992)
Coneheads (1993)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Lassie (1994)
SNL: The Best of Molly Shannon (VR-1995)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
Black Sheep (1996)
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
SNL: The Best of Phil Hartman (TV-1998-E)
SNL: The Best of Mike Myers (VR-1998-E)
SNL: The Best of Eddie Murphy (VR-1998)
SNL: The Best of Chris Farley (TV-1998-E)
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
SNL: The Best of Steve Martin (TV-1999)
SNL: The Best of Dana Carvey (TV-1999)
SNL: The Best of Chris Rock (TV-1999)
SNL: The Best of Adam Sandler (TV-1999-E)
SNL: Christmas (VR-1999-E)
SNL: 25th Anniversary (TV-1999-E)
SNL: Game Show Parodies (TV-1999)
SNL: Best of the Clinton Scandal (TV-1999-E)
SNL: 25 Years of Music (TV-1999-E)
Superstar (1999)
The Ladies Man (2000)
SNL: Presidential Bash (TV-2000-E)
Enigma (2001)
Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (TV-2002)
America's Most Terrible Things (TV-2002)
SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell (TV-2002-E)
Mean Girls (2004)
SNL: The Best of Cheri Oteri (TV-2004-E)
SNL: The Best of Christopher Walken (TV-2004-E)
SNL: Presidential Bash 2004 (TV-2004-E)
SNL: The Best of Tom Hanks (TV-2004-E)
SNL: The Best of Alec Baldwin (TV-2005-E)

TV Series:
The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour (1970-1971)
Saturday Night Live (1975 - )
The New Show (1984)
Sunday Night (1988-E)
The Kids in the Hall (1989-E)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993-E)
The vacant Lot (TV-1994-E)
The Colin Quinn Show (2002-E)
The Tracy Morgan Show (2003-E)
Sons & Daughters (2006-E)
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