Lorne Michaels is the creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live, the longest-running and highest-rated weekly late-night television program in history.
Over the last two and a half decades, SNL has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy stars in America. The program has been nominated for scores of Emmy Awards and has won 18 Emmys in total. Most recently, Michaels and the show were honored with a 2002 Emmy for "Best Writing in a Variety/Comedy Series". Michaels has personally won ten Emmys as a writer and producer for television.
In addition to his weekly duties on SNL, Michaels is executive producer of NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Michaels' past television credits also include The Kids in the Hall and Night Music, as well as specials with Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, The Rutles, Flip Wilson, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Neil Young, and Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park.
Michaels' film credits include Three Amigos (which he produced and co-wrote with Steve Martin and Randy Newman); Wayne's World (and its successful sequel); Coneheads, Tommy Boy, and Lassie; Black Sheep, Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy, and A Night At the Roxbury; Superstar, The Ladies' Man, and the WWII drama Enigma, which he produced with Mick Jagger.
On Broadway, he produced and directed Gilda Radner Live from New York and the subsequent motion picture Gilda Live. He also worked with Randy Newman on the stage musical Faust at the La Jolla Playhouse and produced Colin Quinn's one-man show, An Irish Wake on Broadway.
Michaels began his career in Toronto, where he attended the University of Toronto and worked as a writer and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. He also starred in the comedy series The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour. In 1968, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a writer for NBC's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and other television series until he left in 1975 to begin SNL in New York.
In 1979, Michaels founded the New York-based production company Broadway Video Inc.
Dr. Evil, a character of Mike Myers's in the Austin Powers films, has been rumored to be partly based on Michaels. Myers has denied the rumors, saying that the two share only a voice.