Lorne Michaels, is a Canadian-American television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the Late Night series, The Kids in the Hall and The Tonight Show. Lorne Michaels was born on November 1944, to Florence and Henry Abraham Lipowitz, his place of birth is disputed. Michaels and his two younger siblings were raised in Toronto, he graduated from University College, where he majored in English, in 1966. Michaels became a US citizen in 1987 and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. Michaels has been married three times. During the early 1960s, he began a relationship with Rosie Shuster, daughter of Frank Shuster of the Wayne and Shuster comedy team, who worked with him on Saturday Night Live as a writer. Michaels and Shuster were married in 1971 and divorced in 1980, he married model Susan Forristal in 1981, which ended in divorce in 1987. Michaels married his current wife and former assistant, Alice Barry, in 1991. Michaels is Jewish.
Michaels began his career as a broadcaster for CBC Radio. He moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1968 to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, he starred with Hart Pomerantz in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, a Canadian comedy series which ran in the early 1970s. In 1975 Michaels created the TV show NBC's Saturday Night, which in 1977 changed its name to Saturday Night Live; the show, performed live in front of a studio audience established a reputation for being cutting-edge and unpredictable. It became a vehicle for launching the careers of some of the most successful comedians in the United States; the producer of the show, Michaels was a writer and became executive producer. He appears on-screen as well, where he is known for his deadpan humor. Throughout the show's history, SNL has been nominated for more than 156 Emmy Awards and has won 36, it has been one of the highest-rated late-night television programs. Michaels has been with SNL for all seasons except for his hiatus in the early 1980s.
His daughter, has appeared in episodes, one of, during the show's 30th season hosted by Johnny Knoxville during the monologue when Lorne introduces Johnny Knoxville to his daughter and Sophie shocks Knoxville with a taser. She appeared in a sketch about underage drinking when Zac Efron hosted the show. Michaels's best-known appearance occurred in the first season when he offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on the show, he upped his offer to $3,200, but the money was never claimed. According to an interview in Playboy magazine, John Lennon and Paul McCartney happened to be in New York City that night and wanted to see the show, they nearly went, but changed their minds as it was getting too late to get to the show on time, they were both tired. This near-reunion was the basis for the TV movie Two of Us. On the November 20, 1976 show, musical guest George Harrison appeared, but Michaels told him the offer was conditioned on all four members of the group showing up, not just any Beatle. Harrison tells Michaels his refusal to pay him his share is "chintzy," and Michaels counters by saying, "The Beatles don't have to split the money equally.
They can give, Ringo less if they want." Michaels started Broadway Video in 1979. Shortly afterwards, citing burnout, he left Saturday Night Live, he returned to the show in 1985. During his SNL hiatus, Michaels created another sketch show titled The New Show, which debuted on Friday nights in prime time on NBC in January 1984; the show failed to garner the same enthusiasm as SNL and lasted only 9 episodes before being cancelled. In the 1980s, Michaels appeared in an HBO mockumentary titled The Canadian Conspiracy about the supposed subversion of the United States by Canadian-born media personalities, with Lorne Greene as the leader of the conspiracy. Michaels was identified as the anointed successor to Greene. Michaels is the executive producer of NBC show Late Night, was the executive producer of 30 Rock and Up All Night during their runs. On April 3, 2013, it was announced that Michaels would be taking over as the executive producer for The Tonight Show; the Tonight Show moved to New York in early 2014 as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
In 1999, Michaels was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2002, Michaels was made a member of the Order of Canada for lifetime achievement. In 2003, he received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2004, he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. Speaking at the awards ceremony, original Saturday Night Live cast member Dan Aykroyd described the show as "the primary satirical voice of the country". Michaels received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2006, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts. In 2008, Michaels was awarded the Webby for Video Lifetime Achievement. With the allotted
Saturday Night Live (season 38)
The thirty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC between September 15, 2012 and May 18, 2013. Airing this season were two election-themed episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, which aired on September 20, 2012 and September 27, 2012. Two months before the season premiere, original writer and occasional featured player Tom Davis died after a two-year battle with throat and neck cancer. Prior the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, both cast members since 2005, decided not to return following the end of the previous season; as well, before the start of the season, Abby Elliott, a cast member since 2008, was let go after four seasons on the show. Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah were upgraded to repertory status. To fill the void, the show hired three new cast members – Chicago improvisers Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong – as the replacements. According to the official press release, "Bryant trained at the iO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre and she was part of the ensemble that performed on the Second City E.
T. C Stage. Robinson trained at the Second City, he performed on their Mainstage and was part of their National Touring Company. Like Robinson, Strong had performed as part of the National Touring Company and trained at the iO Theater". Longtime cast member Bill Hader, on the show since 2005, announced on May 14, 2013 that this season would be his last. In addition to Hader, this would be the final season for Fred Armisen, with the show since 2002, for Jason Sudeikis, a cast member since 2005, as well as writing for the show since 2003; this would be the only season for featured player Tim Robinson, who would leave his spot in the cast to instead join the writing staff the following season. Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers and Colin Jost are the season's co-head writers; this was the last season for writer John Mulaney, there since 2008. Prior to the start of the season, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater performers Josh Patten and Neil Casey joined the writing staff; the third season of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, a limited-run series based on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" sketch, has aired in conjunction with this season.
The specials focused on the United States presidential election. The show was hosted by Seth Meyers, Update's current host
Saturday Night Live (season 18)
The eighteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC between September 26, 1992, May 15, 1993. Long-term cast member Dana Carvey would leave mid-season; this would be the final season for Chris Rock and Robert Smigel. After three years with the show, Rock decided to quit the show at the end of the season. Rock had become frustrated with never quite finding a voice on the show and wanted to instead focus on his stand-up career. Writer and featured player Smigel left to become the head writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, but would return to the show in 1996 to write and produce the "TV Funhouse" cartoons; this was the last season to feature three separate categories for cast members. Starting next season, the show returned to the original "repertory" and "featured" cast lists; this season was home to one of SNL's most infamous moments: Sinéad O'Connor tore a photograph of Pope John Paul II at the end of her second performance on the episode hosted by Tim Robbins.
Due to the success of the film Wayne's World, Michaels decided it was a good idea to jump onto the popularity of the film and make more movies based on SNL characters. However, none would prove to be as successful as Wayne's World, commercially. Many changes happened before the start of the season. Long-term cast member Victoria Jackson left the show after six seasons. Newer cast members Beth Siobhan Fallon were both fired to make room in the cast. Unlike the past two seasons Lorne Michaels did not hire any new cast members. Rob Schneider was upgraded to repertory status. Ellen Cleghorne, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, David Spade remained in the middle category. Melanie Hutsell was promoted to the middle category. Robert Smigel remained as a featured cast member. Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor Coneheads, a film based on the popular Coneheads sketches that appeared on the show in the 1970s, was released on July 23, 1993. Cast members Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, Michael McKean, Tim Meadows, Garret Morris, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Julia Sweeney all appear in the film.
The film did not do well at the box office and was panned by critics
Saturday Night Live (season 4)
The fourth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC between October 7, 1978, May 26, 1979. The season four DVD was released on December 2, 2008; the entire cast from the previous season returned. This would be the final season for John Belushi. Aykroyd and Belushi left to work on the film The Blues Brothers. Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor Walter Williams, creator of the Mr. Bill shorts, joined the writing staff; this season's writers were Dan Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Brian McConnachie, Lorne Michaels, Don Novello, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster, Walter Williams and Alan Zweibel. The head writer was Herb Sargent. Recurring SNL characters and sketches introduced in season 4 History of Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live (season 1)
The first season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC from October 11, 1975 to July 31, 1976. In 1974, NBC Tonight Show host Johnny Carson requested that the weekend broadcasts of "Best of Carson" come to an end, so that Carson could take two weeknights off and NBC would thus air those repeats on those nights rather than feed them to affiliates for broadcast on either Saturdays or Sundays. Given Carson's undisputed status as the king of late-night television, NBC heard his request as an ultimatum, fearing he might use the issue as grounds to defect to either ABC or CBS. To fill the gap, the network drew up some ideas and brought in Dick Ebersol – a protégé of legendary ABC Sports president Roone Arledge – to develop a 90-minute late-night variety show. Ebersol's first order of business was hiring a young Canadian producer named Lorne Michaels to be the show-runner. Television production in New York was in decline in the mid-1970s, so NBC decided to base the show at their studios in Rockefeller Center to offset the overhead of maintaining those facilities.
Michaels was given Studio 8H, a converted radio studio that prior to that point was most famous for having hosted Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1951, but was being used for network election coverage by the mid-1970s. When the first show aired on October 11, 1975 with George Carlin as its host, it was called NBC's Saturday Night because ABC featured a program at the same time titled Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. After ABC cancelled the Cosell program in 1976, the NBC program changed its name to Saturday Night Live on March 26, 1977; every night, Don Pardo introduced the cast, a job he'd hold for 39 years until his death in 2014. The original concept was for a comedy-variety show featuring young comedians, live musical performances, short films by Albert Brooks, segments by Jim Henson featuring atypically adult and abstract characters from the Muppets world. Rather than have one permanent host, Michaels elected to have a different guest host each week.
The first episode featured two musical guests, the second episode, hosted by Paul Simon on October 18, was entirely a musical variety show with various acts. The Not Ready For Prime Time Players did not appear in this episode at all, other than as the bees with Simon telling them they were cancelled, Chevy Chase in the opening and in "Weekend Update". Over the course of Season 1, sketch comedy would begin to dominate the show and SNL would more resemble its current format. Andy Kaufman made several appearances that were popular with the audience over the season, while The Muppets' Land of Gorch bits were regarded as a poor fit with the rest of the show; the "Land Of Gorch" sketches were cancelled after episode 10, although the associated Muppet characters still made sporadic appearances after that. After one final appearance at the start of season two, the Muppet characters were permanently dropped from SNL. During the season, Michaels appeared on-camera twice, on April 24 and May 22, to make an offer to The Beatles to reunite on the show.
In the first appearance, he offered a certified check of $3000. In the second appearance, he increased his offer to free hotel accommodations. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both admitted that they were watching SNL from Lennon's apartment on May 8, the episode after Michaels' first offer, toyed with going down to the studio, but decided to stay in the apartment because they were too tired; the first cast member hired was Gilda Radner. The rest of the cast included fellow Second City alumni Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, as well as National Lampoon "Lemmings" alumnus Chevy Chase, chosen as anchor for Weekend Update, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris; the original head writer was Michael O'Donoghue, a writer at National Lampoon who had worked alongside several cast members while directing The National Lampoon Radio Hour. The original theme music was written by future Academy Award–winning composer Howard Shore, who – along with his band – was the original band leader on the show. Paul Shaffer, who would go on to lead David Letterman's band on Late Night and The Late Show, was band leader in the early years.
George Coe was hired. Much of the talent pool involved in the inaugural season was recruited from the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a nationally syndicated comedy series that satirized current events; this would be the only season for O'Donoghue as official cast members. While Coe was only billed in the premiere, he was seen in various small roles through the season before leaving the show altogether. O'Donoghue was credited through the Candice Bergen episode and would continue to work for the show as a writer, as well as an featured performer, through season five. Dan Aykroyd John Belushi Chevy Chase George Coe Jane Curtin Garrett Morris Laraine Newman Michael O'Donoghue Gilda Radnerbold denotes Weekend Update anchor The original writing staff included Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel; the head writers were Lorne Micha
Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress, one of the seven original cast members for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. In her routines, Radner specialized in parodies of television stereotypes, such as advice specialists and news anchors, in 1977, she won an Emmy Award for her performances on the show, she portrayed those characters in her successful one-woman show on Broadway in 1979. Radner's SNL work established her as an iconic figure in the history of American comedy, she died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Her autobiography dealt frankly with her life and personal struggles, including those with the illness, her widower, Gene Wilder, carried out her personal wish that information about her illness would help other cancer victims and inspiring organizations that emphasize early diagnosis, hereditary factors and support for cancer victims. She was posthumously awarded a Grammy Award in 1990. Radner was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1992. Radner was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Jewish parents, Henrietta, a legal secretary, Herman Radner, a businessman.
Through her mother, Radner was a second cousin of business executive Steve Ballmer. She grew up in Detroit with a nanny, Elizabeth Clementine Gillies, whom she called "Dibby", an older brother named Michael, she attended the exclusive University Liggett School in Detroit. Toward the end of her life, Radner wrote in her autobiography, It's Always Something, that during her childhood and young adulthood, she battled numerous eating disorders: "I coped with stress by having every possible eating disorder from the time I was nine years old. I have weighed as much as 160 pounds and as little as 93; when I was a kid, I overate constantly. My weight distressed my mother and she took me to a doctor who put me on Dexedrine diet pills when I was ten years old."Radner was close to her father, who operated Detroit's Seville Hotel, where many nightclub performers and actors stayed while performing in the city. He took her on trips to New York to see Broadway shows; as Radner wrote in It's Always Something, when she was 12, her father developed a brain tumor, the symptoms began so that he told people his eyeglasses were too tight.
Within days, he was bedridden and unable to communicate, remained in that condition until his death two years later. Radner graduated from Liggett and enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1964. In Ann Arbor, Radner dropped out in her senior year to follow her boyfriend, Canadian sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff, to Toronto, where she made her professional acting debut in the 1972 production of Godspell with future stars Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, Martin Short, Paul Shaffer. Afterward, Radner joined The Second City comedy troupe in Toronto. Radner was a featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program syndicated to some 600 U. S. radio stations from 1974 to 1975. Fellow cast members included John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Richard Belzer, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rhonda Coullet. Radner gained name recognition as one of the original "Not Ready for Prime Time Players", the freshman group on the first season of Saturday Night Live, she was the first performer cast for the show, co-wrote much of the material that she performed, collaborated with Alan Zweibel on sketches that highlighted her recurring characters.
Between 1975 and 1980, she created characters such as obnoxious personal advice expert Roseanne Roseannadanna and "Baba Wawa", a parody of Barbara Walters. After Radner's death, Walters stated in an interview that Radner was the "first person to make fun of news anchors, now it's done all the time." She played the character Emily Litella, an elderly, hearing-impaired woman who gave angry and misinformed editorial replies on "Weekend Update". Additionally, Radner parodied celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Patti Smith, Olga Korbut in SNL sketches, she won an Emmy Award in 1978 for her work on SNL. In Rolling Stone's February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Radner was ranked ninth in importance. " the most beloved of the original cast," they wrote. "In the years between Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld's Elaine, Radner was the prototype for the brainy city girl with a bundle of neuroses."Radner battled bulimia while on the show. She had a relationship with SNL castmate Bill Murray, with whom she worked at the National Lampoon, which ended badly.
Few details of their relationship or its end were made public. In It's Always Something, this is the one reference Radner made to Murray in the entire book: "All the guys liked to have me around because I would laugh at them till I peed in my pants and tears rolled out of my eyes. We worked together for a couple of years creating The National Lampoon Show, writing The National Lampoon Radio Hour, working on stuff for the magazine. Bill Murray joined the show and Richard Belzer..."In 1979, incoming NBC President Fred Silverman offered Radner her own primetime variety show, which she turned down. That year, she was a host of the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly. Alan Zweibel, who co-created the Roseanne Roseannadanna character and co-wrote Roseanne's dialogue, recalled that Radner, one of three original SNL cast members who stayed away from cocaine, chastised him for abusing it. While in character as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Radner gave the commencement address to the graduating class at the Columbia School of Journalism in 1979.
Radner had mixed emotions about
Saturday Night Live (season 28)
The twenty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC between October 5, 2002, May 17, 2003. This would be the final season for Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan; the latter two would make cameo appearances in many episodes of the following season. Before the start of the season, Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer left the show; the latter gave birth to her baby and went on maternity leave, but decided not to return to the show during her leave. Hired to fill their absences were comedian/musician Fred Armisen and TV writer Will Forte, who both joined the show as featured players. Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor