Lorne Michaels Bio
Lorne Michaels is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, actor, and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live. He has produced the “Late Night series”, “The Kids in the Hall”, and “The Tonight Show,” among others. Michaels was born Lorne David Lipowitz on November 17, 1944, to Florence (née Becker) and Henry Abraham Lipowitz.
His place of birth is disputed. Multiple sources claim that he was born in Toronto, Ontario, United States of America. A few others state he was born on a kibbutz in British-mandate Palestine, which is now Israel, and that his Jewish family emigrated to Toronto when he was an infant. He was raised in Toronto, alongside his two younger siblings and attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.
In 1966, he graduated from University College, Toronto, where he majored in English. Michaels became a US citizen in 1987 and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. Michaels has been married three times and has 3 children. In 1971, he married Rosie Shuster, daughter of Frank Shuster of the Wayne and Shuster comedy team. Michaels later worked with Frank on Saturday Night Live as a writer.
He divorced Rosie in 1980 and married model Susan Forristal in 1981. His new marriage lasted 6 years and he did not hesitate to marry a third wife in 1991, Alice Barry. He began his career as a writer and broadcaster for CBC Radio then moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1968, to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show.
According to Tina Fey’s interview with Playboy in 2008, Alec Baldwin’s character on 30 Rock is inspired by Lorne Michaels. On NPR’s radio show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, Baldwin said that some of his inspiration for Donaghy was drawn from Michaels.
Besides, the character Dr. Evil has mannerisms and a speaking style based on Lorne Michaels. Dr. Evil was created and portrayed by SNL alumnus, Mike Myers, who was at least partly influenced by fellow SNL performer Dana Carvey’s impression of Michaels. In the movie, the Kids In the Hall, Brain Candy, the character of Don Roritor was based heavily on actor Mark McKinney’s impersonation of Lorne Michaels.
Lorne Michaels Age
Lorne Michaels was born on November 17, 1944. He will celebrate his 75th birthday in November 2019 as he is currently 74 years old.
Lorne Michaels Pete Davidson Jamaica
During a game of “True Confessions” with John Mulaney and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Pete Davidson revealed that he and Lorne Michaels once traveled to Jamaica together for New Year’s. At the time, Pete was 20 years old and had just joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.
In the game, each comedian read out a story and was then questioned by the others about it, in an attempt to determine if it was true or not. Pete read off his card and said, “Lorne Michaels and I went to Jamaica together on vacation for New Year’s.”
Both Mulaney and Fallon worked with Michaels on SNL for years and they looked absolutely perplexed. The two former workmates of Michaels eventually concluded that the story must have been a fake. However, Pete confirmed that it really happened, and had only been a part of the cast for eight episodes. Nevertheless, Michaels has not been reached out concerning this news and we will update as soon as more information is disclosed.
In their other news, Lorne Michaels was supportive of the comedian Pete Davidson after his troubling Instagram post on December 2018 hinted at suicidal thoughts. A source told ET that Michaels is willing to help him in any way he can and that he dropped Pete’s SNL sketches to give him a break. That being told, Pete was expected back on the show in 2019.
Pete Davidson wrote on Instagram, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. all I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” He then deleted his Instagram account.
Pete was absent from all of the live sketches since his Instagram post. His only appearance during the show was when he introduced musical guest Miley Cyrus’ second performance. Since the alarming Instagram post, Davidson has gotten support from his famous pals and also from his ex-fiancee, Ariana Grande.
Ariana wrote on Twitter, “I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but I’m here too.” The tweet is now deleted.
Lorne Michaels Interview
In a relieving two-hour WTF podcast, Marc Maron finally got the chance to interview Lorne Michaels, “Saturday Night Live” creator.
Lorne Michaels is not an “evil wizard” who has it in for Marc Maron
He is not a robot, the cold fish that many friendly (and unfriendly) impersonators have made him out to be over the years, and certainly not the “evil wizard” Maron has long imagined him to be. He’s simply a man who loves writers, performers, putting on shows and chasing a perfection he’ll never achieve. (You knew this already, of course, but it’s intriguing to listen to Maron come to terms with it.)
Once the initial dissection of “the meeting” is over, and Maron starts asking Michaels about Canada and his upbringing, you can hear the host relax and get back in the zone. This is, after all, just another conversation. But this brings us to …
There is no “candy test.”
At this point, the details of Maron’s ill-fated 1995 meeting with Michaels will be more than familiar to WTF fans: Michaels’ derisive comment about the downtown comedy scene at New York’s Luna Lounge, Maron’s misstep in talking about monkey scat and — the final nail in the coffin — the comedian brazenly taking a Jolly Ranchers from Michaels’ candy dish.
As the host presents each talking point as though it were a ticking time bomb, Michaels either defuses it directly or proves that there’s no big boom coming — mainly by refusing to acknowledge the existence of an explosive device whatsoever. (“God, you really remember this,” Michaels says at one point.)
For years, the comic has been haunted by the candy dish: Was it some kind of trial that Maron failed when he took a piece? Michaels just corrects him: The dish contained Tootsie Rolls and not Jolly Ranchers — or any other types of sweets for that matter. “There was no alternative candy,” Michaels confirms. “There was just the one.”
Ultimately, Maron didn’t get SNL because the timing wasn’t right
If anything, Michaels comes across as apologetic about the fact that Maron didn’t get a job at SNL. The reason, according to the producer, has more to do with timing than talent. He explains that when he has a one-on-one with comics or other performers, it’s because he already believes in them.
“I wouldn’t have met with you if I didn’t think you had [an original voice],” he tells Maron. In the mid-1990s, the show was taking a beating in the press and from the network executives — according to Michaels, everything was in a state of transition. And with so many moving pieces and masters to serve, he just failed to find the right spot for Maron. “You had a strong point-of-view, you were clear,” Michaels says. “You were just part of a mix.”
Michaels doesn’t idealize any era of SNL
Adjusting to new casts and new writers is always painful, Michaels confesses. Fans are likely to mention a certain era they hold near and dear to their heart —the producer predicts that a person’s favorite version of SNL usually corresponds to the time they were in high school. (As in, when they were powerless and with nothing better to do on a Saturday night.) Every cast reinvents the show — and every cast starts out as something less than great.
“All babies are ugly unless they’re your baby,” Michaels says, adding that it takes three or four years before everyone agrees that said metaphorical baby is cute. But even when talking about those beloved early years, Michaels doesn’t glorify them: “I’ve been there for all the golden years, and I can tell you, they weren’t golden at the time.”
Michaels’ career straddles two very different eras of television
When the SNL creator started out writing for comics in New York and variety shows in Burbank, the world of TV was dominated by middle-aged men writing sitcoms such as I Love Lucy. Michaels sucked up lessons from the old guard while watching music and film adopt something of the counterculture.
Then he started working for Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. (At one point, there were “40 million people watching Lucy, 40 million watching Laugh-In,” Michaels says. “There have always been two Americas, in that regard.”) Not long afterward, he started taking risks as a producer and put “new wine in an old bottle” with the live format of Saturday Night Live.
Lily Tomlin changed Michaels’ life
When working as a writer in California in the early 1970s, he met with the character actor about doing a special together. Michaels confesses to feeling a bit lost and wondering “if I could do the things I wanted to do.” Tomlin, whom he calls “a braver spirit than I was,” not only picks him to help with the special but vouches for him as a producer. Once the show won an Emmy, Michaels says the credibility helped him when creating the show with NBC.
The 40th Anniversary show will be the closest Michaels thinks he’ll get to perfection
Due to the nature of the live show, Michaels understands he’ll never achieve everything he wants. “From my side of things, you only see the mistakes. The camera cut was late, the guy was cued in too early, that joke didn’t make it to the cards and there was a stumble,” he says. “It’s like a sport, you play it.”
That said, he confesses that the star-studded 40th-anniversary show was the closest he’ll get to what he aims for: “The feeling in the room was so warm and so supportive. In that very clichéd sense, it’s a family.”
The strength of SNL, according to Michaels, “has always been the middle of the country”
Michaels designs the show not to appeal to New Yorkers or Angelenos, but those in Kansas. Though the writers may never have a consensus about what they find funny, he never wants to shut out people who seem to really need the show by “doing things that are too specific.”
This is why he tries to include elements of satire, political, dry, broad and physical comedy. Regardless of personal aesthetics, Michaels feels, “If you laugh, if you give it up for somebody … we know it.”
Despite what it may seem, Michaels doesn’t always know what he wants from new talent
Michaels tells Maron about bringing on Leslie Jones, who came in after a recommendation from Chris Rock. While he describes her as “the real thing,” he admits that she was not initially what he was looking for. “Then you see it and you fall in love … when you see it and you’re blown away by it, you can do the right thing.”
The door is open, just a crack, for Maron’s triumphant return to SNL
Before the conversation ended, Maron told Michaels, “I’m ready to audition.” Michaels replied, “We’re always on the lookout … you’ll need your headshot, of course.”
Lorne Michaels House
According to the Hollywood Reporter, in April 2011, Michaels is recently returned from having dinner with his wife, Alice, and their daughter. The couple also has a son in high school and another in college, but Michaels declines to comment further on his private life.
Lorne Michael’s house in WellingtonHe reveals only that he “lives near the park.” However, other sources say Michaels built a house in Amagansett, East Hampton. He is currently situated in Wellington, Florida and of course, has a house there too.
Lorne Michaels New Show
Since 2018, a new comedy is in the works from Lorne Michaels and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Aidy Bryant, with actress Elizabeth Banks also producing. As stated by the Hollywood Reporter, the team is adapting author, comedian and blogger Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” for a Hulu series.
A report by THR notes that Banks’ and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions banner is also on board to executive produce the project through their pod deal at Warner Bros. Television. To see the full report, click here.
Also, during his SNL break, Michaels created another sketch show titled “The New Show”, which premiered on Friday nights, prime time, on NBC in January 1984. The show failed to garner the same enthusiasm as SNL and lasted only 9 episodes before being canceled.
Apart from being one hour in length and entirely pre-recorded, the show is similar in format to Michaels’ own Saturday Night Live. It was scheduled opposite Matt Houston and Falcon Crest.
Lorne Michaels Salary
The longer SNL cast members stay in the show, the more money Lorne Michaels drives into their accounts. Cast members are typically signed onto a seven-year contract, which apparently prohibits you from quitting, but allows you to be fired at any time.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, first-year cast members make $7,000 per episode. With 21 episodes a season, that adds up to a seasonal income of $147,000. Second-year cast members make $8,000 per episode. By a cast member’s fifth season, they’re up to $15,000 per episode. Considering all this, we can comfortably come to an estimated conclusion of Michaels’ net worth to be $500 million.
Lorne Michaels Shows
Lorne Michaels has been an executive producer and producer of quite a good number of TV shows and movies. The following are some of his popular ones.
»70th Primetime Emmy Awards
»Maya & Marty
»Adele Live in New York City
»Man Seeking Woman
»Adele Live From New York City
»Late Night With Seth Meyers
»The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
»The Maya Rudolph Show
»Jimmy Fallon’s Primetime Music Special
»Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
»Up All Night
»Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
»Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas
»To Love and Die
Lorne Michaels Movies
»All You Need Is Cash
»The Ladies Man
»A Night At The Roxbury
»Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy
For more of his shows and movies, see here.