Lorne Michaels is an Emmy-winning Canadian-born television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing “Saturday Night Live” and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it.
In 1975, Michaels created the TV show “Saturday Night Live”. The show, which is performed live in front of a studio audience, immediately established a reputation for being cutting edge and unpredictable. It became a vehicle for launching the careers of some of the best-known comedians in North America, including: Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, David Spade, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell.
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