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Encyclopedia > Adam McKay

Adam McKay is an Emmy-nominated American writer and film director. He was born in Denver, Colorado in 1968, graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, PA, in 1986, and attended Penn State and Temple universities. He is one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy group and a former performer at Chicago's ImprovOlympic theater. While a member of the mainstage cast at Second City, he wrote and performed in that company's landmark revue, Pinata Full of Bees. In several politically charged sketches, McKay played characters like Noam Chomsky as a substitute kindergarten teacher, and a hapless personnel manager trying to inform a corporate vice president (Scott Adsit) of some disastrous IQ test results without losing his own job. (The latter performance was excerpted in Second City's 25th anniversary compilation.) Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... An Emmy Award. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... The Upright Citizens Brigade is an improvisational comedy and sketch comedy group that emerged from Chicagos ImprovOlympic in 1990. ... Improvisational comedy (also called improv) is comedy that is performed with a little to no predetermination of subject matter and structure. ... The ImprovOlympic (now known as IO or IO Chicago) is a theater in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois dedicated to improvisational comedy. ... The Second City Logo The Second City is a long-running improvisational comedy troupe based in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago, with offshoot troupes in other cities, most notably Toronto. ... Avram Noam Chomsky (Hebrew :אברם נועם חומסקי Yiddish: אברם נועם כאמסקי) , Ph. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ... Scott Adsit is an actor best known for appearing on the late 1990s sketch comedy television program, Mr. ... An anniversary (from the Latin anniversarius, from the words for year and to turn, meaning (re)turning yearly; known in English since c. ...

McKay auditioned for Saturday Night Live to be an on-camera performer, but did not make the cut. Yet the scripts he submitted to the show earned him a job as writer from 1995 to 2001, including three years as head writer. He also directed several popular short films for the show. McKay encouraged former Second City castmate Tina Fey to submit some of her scripts to Saturday Night Live, and she later succeeded him as head writer for that show. This article contains a trivia section. ... Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American writer, comedian and actress working in the film and television industries. ...

After leaving Saturday Night Live, he teamed with comedian Will Ferrell to write the feature films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), both of which he also directed. John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Irish-American comedian, impressionist and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... Categories: Stub | 2004 films | Comedy films ...

Since May 2005, he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. Logo of Huffington Post The Huffington Post (often referred to on the Internet as HuffPo) is a politically-progressive online news website and aggregated weblog founded by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, featuring hyperlinks to various news sources and columnists. ...

He has been married to actress and director Shira Piven (the sister of actor Jeremy Piven) since 1996. They have two children. This article contains a trivia section. ...

In April 2007 he launched, with Will Ferrell, the user submitted comedy video site Funny or Die. A video on the site, titled "The Landlord" features both him and his young daughter Pearl. John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Irish-American comedian, impressionist and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... Funny or Die is a website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKays production company, Gary Sanchez Productions, as a rival to YouTube and other video sites. ... The Landlord is a 2007 short comedy film starring Will Ferrell. ...


  • Even though Adam McKay was not chosen as an SNL castmember, he did have a recurring role as an obnoxious audience member during the celebrity host's monologues during the time that he was a head writer on the show.

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