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Lorne Michaels - His Best Bits


Happy birthday Lorne Michaels - 67 today! Michaels was born in Toronto in 1944, and he's grown up to become one of the most respected names in comedy, not only here in Canada or North America, but the world. He's the man responsible for bringing The Kids in the Hall to TV, and of course Saturday Night Live. Not only that, he's behind the incredibly successful multi-award winning 30 Rock - the character of Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) is based loosely on Michaels, don't you know?

Winner of numerous awards, made a member of the Order of Canada in 2002, and inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2003, let's take a look at some of the best Lorne Michaels' productions...

In the mid '80s, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin and Randy Newman wrote The Three Amigos. The movie was released in 1987, and is today regarded as one of the funniest movies to ever hit movie screens.

The Kids in the Hall group formed in 1984, but it was Lorne Michaels that was responsible for bring them to TV, specifically CBC Television. In 1988 a pilot was recorded after he'd sent them to a "comedy boot camp" in New York City, and in 1989 the first series aired on CBC.

In the '90s, one of the most popular skits from Saturday Night Live was turned in to a film, starring Scarborough's Mike Myers. Of course, that film is Wayne's World. Need we say more?

30 Rock propelled Tina Fey to stardom, one of the funniest - if not the funniest - women on TV. But we can't forget about the rest of the cast and the fact that 30 Rock, after six seasons, is still one of the best comedies on TV. And it was Mr. Michaels that helped to inspire the show.

Today, Michaels is the executive producer of one of the break-out hits of the new line-up in the US. Starring Toronto's own Will Arnett (who has been known to sport a Maple Leafs t-shirt on the show on a few occasions), Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph, it's Up All Night. And quite frankly, it's hilarious.

Finally, the obvious one. Saturday Night Live. It's helped carve the careers of so many of the world's best comics, including the Canadians Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short and Mike Myers.

Michaels was approached by NBC president Herbert Schlosser and vice president of late night programming Dick Ebersol in 1974. They asked him to come up with a show to fill the Saturday night time slot. Saturday Night Live was born...



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