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Lorne Michaels is an award-winning producer and writer, best known as the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” the most Emmy Award-nominated show in television history.

Michaels’ television credits also include “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “30 Rock,” “Portlandia,” “Schmigadoon” and “Kids in the Hall.” His motion picture credits include “Three Amigos,” “Wayne’s World,” “Tommy Boy,” “Mean Girls” and “MacGruber.” On Broadway, Michaels produced “Gilda Radner – Live From New York,” which he also directed, “Mean Girls,” the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical based on the hit movie, and Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt.” 

Michaels’ 97 Emmy nominations are the most ever for an individual, with 21 wins. He received the 2004 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and in 2013 earned the rare honor of an individual Peabody Award. Michaels was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the nation’s highest civilian honor, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2018. He received a Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime artistic achievement in 2021.