I can't think of a better way to spend Mother's Day weekend than with Betty WhiteBetty White to host 'SNL' Mar 11, 2010
The moment someone is elected, whoever the new president is, we're in opposition to that. Not in an unpatriotic way, of course, but our job (description) is, we're not their friendsObama presidency would be mined for comedy Nov 02, 2008
This is the 34th season so I've lived through the 'It's funny again,' 'It's not funny anymore' commentsMichaels of 'SNL' eagerly eyeing election Oct 26, 2008
Mike was at the center of all things good at 'Saturday Night Live' for the last 20 yearsShoemaker named 'Jimmy Fallon' showrunner Aug 07, 2008
You never forget the people who were there at the beginning. George Carlin helped give 'Saturday Night Live' its start as our first host. He was gracious, fearless, and most important of all, funny'SNL' to air vintage Carlin episode Jun 24, 2008
Lorne Michaels, CM (born November 17, 1944) is a Canadian 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.
Michaels was born Lorne David Lipowitz in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Florence (née Becker) and Henry Abraham Lipowitz, a furrier. He was the eldest of the Lipowitz children. He has a sister, Barbara Lipowitz, who currently resides in Toronto and a brother, Mark Lipowitz, who died from a brain tumor. Michaels attended the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in Toronto and graduated from University College, University of Toronto, where he majored in English, in 1966. Michaels began his career as a writer and broadcaster for CBC Radio. He moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1968 to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. He starred in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, a Canadian comedy series which ran briefly in the early 1970s. During the late 1960s, Michaels married Rosie Shuster, who later worked with him on Saturday Night Live as a writer. She was the daughter of Frank Shuster, one half of the famous comedy team, Wayne and Shuster. Michaels and Shuster were divorced in 1980.
In 1975, Michaels created (with fellow NBC employee Dick Ebersol and president of the network Herb Schlosser) the TV show NBC's Saturday Night, which in 1977 changed its name to 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 most successful comedians in the world.