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Lorne Michaels Biography

Birth Name:
Lorne Michael Lipowitz
Birth Place:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Profession
Writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Started out writing and performing with comedy partner Hart Pomerantz on the Canadian TV series The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour
  • Founded the New York-based production company Broadway Video Inc
  • in 1979
  • Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Received the Kennedy Center's 2004 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2016
  • Extensive producing career includes executive producing, in addition to SNL, the Colin Quinn Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and 30 Rock

Awards

  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: winner
  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Talk Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: winner
  • 2015Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Variety Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: winner
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: winner
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: winner
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: winner
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: winner
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: nominated
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: winner
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: winner
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: winner
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: nominated
  • 1974Emmy-Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music: winner
  • 1969Emmy-Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety: nominated

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