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Creator Bio

Lorne Michaels is an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer, best known as the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” which has won more Emmys than any other show in television history. “SNL” will begin its historic 50th season later this fall on NBC.

Michaels’ television credits also include “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “30 Rock,” “Portlandia,” “Schmigadoon!” and “The Kids in the Hall.” His motion picture credits include “Three Amigos!,” “Wayne’s World,” “Tommy Boy,” “Mean Girls” and “MacGruber.” On Broadway, Michaels produced “Gilda Radner - Live from New York,” which he also directed; “Mean Girls,” the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical based on the hit movie; and Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play, “Leopoldstadt.”

Michaels’ 102 Emmy nominations are the most ever for an individual, with 21 wins. He received the 2004 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and earned the rare honor of an individual Peabody Award in 2012. Michaels was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the nation’s highest civilian honor, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2018. He received a Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime artistic achievement in 2021.

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