Lorne Michaels – The Man Behind Late Night Laughter
Lorne Michaels (Lorne David Lipowitz) is credited for being the creator and executive producer of what could be considered the greatest longtime running variety and comedy show, Saturday Night Live or SNL. SNL is considered by many to be the springboard to having a successful career as a comedian or artist. Many successful comedians, actors, actresses, and artists have starred or guested in the show. This includes the likes of Billie Crystal, Christopher Guest, Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and Cecil Strong just to name a few. At the time Lorne Michaels launched the show, it was considered to be groundbreaking as the show was performed in front of a live audience. Lorne Michaels eventually became a writer for the show. From time to time, he would appear in some of the episodes of SNL, showcasing his brand of deadpan comedy. Running for a little less than 50 years now and more or less 900 episodes in total in 2020, the show has amassed hundreds of awards and recognitions.
Lorne Michaels talks about the beginning of the show, Saturday Night Live
Why did Lorne Michaels leave SNL?
Lorne Michaels’ success and path in SNL was not always paved with roses. Eventually, he and the executives in the show had different views with regard to the targeted demography of the show. Thus, around the late 70s, Michaels had an argument with executives of the show, prompting him to leave the reins of the show to trusted writer Al Franken. Although the show continued to be a success, it eventually fizzled out as members grew tired of the show’s format that seemed successful at first. It was only when Lorne Michaels returned in 1985 that SNL came to be reborn.
SNL on Lorne Michaels’ 40 years with the company
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) February 6, 2015
What is Lorne Michaels’ age?
Lorne Michaels was born on November 17, 1944. He is 76 years old. The first time the show went on air, Lorne Michaels was only 30 years old. The show has lived and grown under the watchful eye of Lorne Michaels.
Who is Lorne Michaels’ wife?
Lorne Michaels has been married thrice. First was to Canadian comedy writer Rosie Shuster. After being together for nine years, the couple divorced. Lorne Michaels would remarry a year later. This time to model Susan Forristal. The two divorced in 1987. In 1991, Lorne Michaels married Alice Barry who was Michaels’s former assistant.
Lorne Michaels with his wife, Alice Barry and Steven Spielberg
Where is Lorne Michaels from?
Although it has been disputed, reports suggest that Lorne Michaels was born in Toronto. He is Canadian-American.
Who are Lorne Michaels’ kids?
Lorne Michaels has three children. They are sons Edward and Henry Michaels, and daughter Sophie Michaels.
What are Lorne Michaels’ height and weight?
Lorne Michaels stands 5 feet 6 inches or 167 cm tall. He weighs around 150 pounds or 68 kg.
How much is Lorne Michaels’s net worth?
Lorne Michaels has a whopping net worth of $500 million. This comes from the proceeds of his comedy show and productions.