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McKay at the premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in 2013
April 17, 1968 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Occupation||Screenwriter, director, comedian, actor|
The Other Guys
Funny or Die
|Spouse(s)||Shira Piven (m. 1996; 2 children)|
Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he collaborated on the films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, The Other Guys and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through their production company Gary Sanchez Productions.
McKay was born in Denver, CO in 1968, graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University. He is one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy group and a former performer at Chicago's Improv Olympic, where he was a member of the improv group, The Family, whose members included Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Neil Flynn, Miles Stroth, and Ali Farahnakian, and Child's Play Touring Theatre. While a member of the mainstage cast at Second City, he wrote and performed in that company's landmark revue, Pinata Full of Bees. In several politically charged sketches, McKay played characters like Noam Chomsky as a substitute kindergarten teacher, and a hapless personnel manager trying to inform a corporate vice president (Scott Adsit) of some disastrous IQ test results without losing his own job. The latter performance was excerpted in Second City's 40th anniversary compilation.
McKay originally auditioned for Saturday Night Live to be an onscreen performer, but did not make the cut. However, the scripts he submitted to the long-running sketch show earned him a job as writer from 1995 to 2001, including three seasons as head writer. He also directed a number of short films for the show, including the original SNL Digital Shorts. McKay encouraged his Second City friend Tina Fey to submit some of her scripts to Saturday Night Live, and she later succeeded him as head writer on the show. Though McKay was never an actual SNL cast member, he did make several on-camera appearances over the years and had a recurring role as an obnoxious audience member named "Keith" who would often shout insults at the celebrity hosts during their opening monologue.
Shortly after leaving SNL, McKay teamed up with comedian Will Ferrell to write the comedy films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. In 2007, Ferrell and McKay launched the user-submitted comedy video site Funny or Die. A video on the site, titled The Landlord features both him and his young daughter, Pearl, whom Ferrell and his wife bait to say curse words. Pearl also starred in a second video titled "Good Cop, Baby Cop". Ferrell and McKay co-produce the HBO series Eastbound & Down. McKay directed and co-wrote with Ferrell the George W. Bush Broadway show, You're Welcome America. He produced the horror-action film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. McKay is in talks to direct the remake of Uptown Saturday Night, with Denzel Washington and Will Smith.
He is also producing the film Tammy and Bouncers.
Alleged feud with Jim Breuer while on SNL
Former SNL cast member Jim Breuer claimed that McKay was responsible for having him fired from the show. In an interview on The Howard Stern Show on June 7, 2010, Breuer told the story of a Godzilla sketch he performed with Tracy Morgan that Breuer claims made McKay become jealous when Breuer's Godzilla sketch went over better in dress rehearsal than the Godzilla sketch McKay wrote the same night featuring guest host Matthew Broderick, who was promoting the new Godzilla reboot at the time. Breuer claims McKay used his influence as head writer to try repeatedly to kill Breuer and Morgan's sketch for the live show. Breuer claims that after the season ended a week later, McKay continued to make attempts to get Breuer kicked off the show over the summer break, until Breuer eventually became so fed up he decided to quit the show over the summer hiatus.
On the November 21, 2013 episode of the podcast "improv4humans", McKay appeared as a guest and addressed Breuer's claims and clarified that he did not have the power to hire or fire performers on the show, and that the perception of Lorne Michaels and the other writers on the show was that Breuer was more interested in pursuing his movie career than he was investing in the writing and character creation demanded by the show.
|1995–2001||Saturday Night Live||Yes||Yes|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Yes||Yes|
|Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||Yes||Yes|
|2006||Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2009||Land of the Lost||Yes|
|The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Yes|
|Eastbound & Down||Yes||Yes|
|Funny or Die Presents||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|The Other Guys||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|The Virginity Hit||Yes|
|2011||Casa de Mi Padre||Yes|
|Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Yes|
|2013||Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||Yes|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Yes||Yes|
|The Spoils of Babylon||Yes|
|Welcome to Me||Yes|
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- "'Twilight' Stars Offered Roles in 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters', Bloody-Disgusting.com
- "Howard Stern Show Recap June 7, 2010".
- "improv4humans episode "I Do Muther-F-N-improv!"".