Lorne Michaels is an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer, best known as the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live.”
“SNL” is the longest-running, most Emmy-nominated and highest-rated weekly late-night television program in TV history, currently in its 44th season. Michaels is also executive producer of the Emmy-nominated “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC, as well as IFC’s “Documentary Now!,” Peabody Award-winning “Portlandia,” NBC’s “A.P. Bio,” Comedy Central’s “The Other Two” and Hulu’s “Shrill.”
Michaels’ previous television credits include the Emmy-nominated “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning “30 Rock,” “Up All Night,” “The Kids in the Hall,” “Night Music,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Man Seeking Woman.” His TV specials have featured Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, the Rutles, Flip Wilson, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park and, most recently, Adele. On Broadway, he produced and directed “Gilda Radner - Live From New York” and produced the subsequent film “Gilda Live.” In addition, he produced “Mean Girls,” the Tony-nominated Broadway musical based on the hit movie that’s currently at the August Wilson Theatre.
Michaels’ motion picture credits as a producer include “Mean Girls,” starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey; “Baby Mama,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; “Wayne’s World”; “Tommy Boy”; “Three Amigos” (which he produced and co-wrote with Steve Martin and Randy Newman); and his most recent, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” starring Tina Fey.
Michaels began his career in Toronto, where he attended the University of Toronto. He started as a writer and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and starred on the comedy series “The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour.” In 1968, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a writer for NBC’s “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” He left for New York in 1975 to begin “SNL.” In 1979, Michaels founded his production company, Broadway Video.
Michaels has personally won 16 Emmys as a writer and producer of television. In 2016, he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his significant cultural contributions to the country. He was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004, he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Michaels received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999. In Canada, he was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2006, and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2018. In 2008 and 2015, he was named one of Time magazine’s Time 100 - a list of the most influential people in the world. In 2013, Michaels received the Distinguished Collaborator Award by the Costume Designers Guild and also earned the rare honor of an individual Peabody Award.