Adam McKay

  • Birth Place: Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Began performing stand-up comedy six months after graduating from high school.
  • Dropped out of college one semester shy of graduation and moved to Chicago to pursue acting.
  • In 1990, co-founded Upright Citizens Brigade, a renowned improv comedy troupe.
  • Auditioned to be a cast member of Saturday Night Live, but was rejected; he later became head writer of the show for three seasons.
  • Founded the production company Gary Sanchez Productions with Well Ferrell.
  • In 2007, founded and launched the website Funny or Die with Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy.
  • Is co-host of the podcast Surprisingly Awesome alongside New York Times economic columnist Adam Davidson.
  • Actor Jeremy Piven is his brother-in-law.

Awards

  • 2018, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Nominee
  • 2019, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 2018, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2019, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2015, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2019, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2018, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 2019, Writers Guild Awards — The Paul Selvin Award: Winner
  • 2019, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Nominee
  • 2018, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2017, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2018, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 2019, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Pearl McKay — Daughter
  • Shira Piven — Wife
  • Lili Rose McKay — Daughter

College

  • Attended Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, United States; attended Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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