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Adam McKay was born on the 17th April 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and is a director, film producer, screenwriter as well as a comedian and an actor. He is widely known for his collaborations with Will Ferrell which include movies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004), “Step Brothers” (2008), “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013) as well as for 2015 biographical drama “The Big Short”.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this multi-talented personality of the moviemaking industry has accumulated so far? How rich Adam McKay is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Adam McKay’s net worth, as of early 2017, exceeds the sum of $40 million, acquired largely through his producing career which has been active since 1986.

Adam McKay Net Worth $40 million

Adam was born into the family of a waitress and a bass guitar player. He attended Great Valley High School after which he enrolled at Pennsylvania State University, later transferring to Temple University, but dropped out just a year later. Subsequently, Adam and several friends founded the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. He later joined Chicago’s The Second City, an improvisational comedy group for which he wrote and performed the “Piñata Full of Bees” play. These ventures provided the basis for Adam McKay’s current net worth, and introduced him to the world of comedy and moviemaking.

In 1995, Adam was cast as a behind-the-camera crew member of “Saturday Night Live”, for which he provided screenplays and sketches. After leaving SNL in 2001, Adam teamed up with famous actor and comedian Will Ferrell and they wrote “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” which hit the theatres in 2004, becoming a huge commercial success, earning over $90 million at the box office. This successful collaboration continued as McKay directed “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006), “Step Brothers” (2008) and “The Other Guys” (2010) as well as the sequel in the Anchorman franchise – “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” which was released in 2013 and managed to beat the success of the first part, earning an impressive sum of $173.6 million at the box office. All these accomplishments have helped Adam McKay to dramatically increase his net worth.

In 2013, Adam McKay directed the dark fantasy thriller “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” featuring Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner in the title roles. In 2015, for his work on the biographical drama about mid-2000s Wall Street financial crash – “The Big Short” with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell in the leading roles, Adam McKay was honored with several prestigious rewards including an Oscar, BAFTA and Writers Guild of America Awards, among over a dozen of others. All these accomplishments helped Adam McKay to further increase his net worth.

Some other notable writing, directing and/or producing engagements of Adam McKay include, apart from all those already mentioned above, movies “The Dictator” (2012), “Get Hard” (2015), “Ant-Man” (2015), “The Brothers Grimsby” (2016) and “Toni Erdmann” (2016) as well as the TV series “The Spoils of Babylon” and “Drunk History” to name a few.

When it comes to his personal life, Adam McKay has been married since 1999 to a actress and stage director, a sister of Jeremy Piven, Shira Piven with whom Adam has two children. It has been publically acknowledged that he is diagnosed with an essential tremor.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The House 2017 producer post-production
Oh Lucy! 2017 executive producer post-production
Bad Blood producer announced
Daddy's Home 2 producer announced
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 producer announced
Succession TV Movie executive producer pre-production
Drunk History 2013-2016 TV Series executive producer - 32 episodes
The Chris Gethard Show 2015-2016 TV Series executive producer - 21 episodes
AC Green: Iron Virgin 2016 TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Boss 2016 producer
The Brothers Grimsby 2016 executive producer
Daddy's Home 2015 producer
The Spoils Before Dying 2015 TV Mini-Series executive producer
A Deadly Adoption 2015 TV Movie executive producer
Get Hard 2015 producer
Sleeping with Other People 2015 producer
Mission Control 2014 TV Movie executive producer
Bad Judge 2014 TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
The Yes Men Are Revolting 2014 Documentary executive producer
Welcome to Me 2014 producer
Tammy 2014 producer
The Spoils of Babylon 2014 TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 producer
Eastbound & Down 2009-2013 TV Series executive producer - 21 episodes
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013 producer
Assistance 2013 TV Movie executive producer
Undroppable 2013 Video documentary producer
The Beast and the Angel 2012 Documentary short producer
The Campaign 2012 producer
The Dictator 2012 executive producer
Casa de mi Padre 2012 producer
Bachelorette 2012 producer
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 producer
Funny or Die Presents... 2010-2011 TV Series executive producer - 24 episodes
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis 2010-2011 TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Brick Novax's Diary 2011 Short executive producer
Fully Loaded 2011 executive producer
Big Lake 2010 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
The Virginity Hit 2010 producer
The Other Guys NYPD Recruitment Video 2010 Video short executive producer
The Other Guys 2010 producer
Drunk History 2010 TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Alyssa Milano's Evolution: Jersey Shore 2010 Video short executive producer - uncredited
Carpet Bros 2010 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 2009 producer
Land of the Lost 2009 executive producer
A Gaythering Storm 2009 Video short executive producer - uncredited
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush 2009 TV Special executive producer
Prop 8: The Musical 2008 Short producer
Ron Howard's Call to Action 2008 Video short producer
Green Team 2008 Video short producer
Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad 2008 Video short executive producer - as Adam 'Ghost Panther' McKay
Step Brothers 2008 executive producer
The Landlord 2007/I Short producer
Good Cop, Baby Cop 2007 Video short producer
The Procedure 2007/I Short producer
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ant-Man and the Wasp 2018 story announced
Bad Blood announced
The Big Short 2015 screenplay
Mexican Donald Trump 2015 Short
Ant-Man 2015 screenplay by
Coheed and Cambria Sing Justice Scalia's Dissenting Opinions 2015 Short concept
Get Hard 2015 story
Cops: Ferguson 2014 Short
Saturday Night Live: Best of This Season 2014 TV Special additional sketches
Saturday Night Live TV Series 5 episodes, 2002 - 2007 writer - 81 episodes, 1995 - 2001 head writer - 38 episodes, 1997 - 1999 additional sketches - 1 episode, 2013 additional sketch - 1 episode, 2007
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 characters / written by
The Campaign 2012 story
hunt9100 TV Series screenplay - 1 episode, 2012 story - 1 episode, 2012
A Public Statement from Anthony Weiner's Penis 2011 Short
How to be Suave: Dad Edition 2011 Short concept
How to be Suave: Dating Edition 2011 Short concept
How to Be Suave: Mom Edition 2011 Short concept
Pimps Don't Cry 2010 Video short
The Other Guys NYPD Recruitment Video 2010 Video short
The Other Guys 2010 written by
Funny or Die Presents... 2010 TV Series creator - 12 episodes
Presidential Reunion 2010 Video short written by
Ron Howard's Call to Action 2008 Video short written by
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday 2008 TV Series additional sketch - 1 episode
Green Team 2008 Video short
Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad 2008 Video short written by
Step Brothers 2008 screenplay / story
Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation 2007 TV Special documentary
The Landlord 2007/I Short
Good Cop, Baby Cop 2007 Video short
The Procedure 2007/I Short written by
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 written by
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse 2006 TV Special
Earth to America 2005 TV Movie segment "writer"
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 2004 Video written by
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 written by

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad Blood announced
Succession TV Movie pre-production
The Big Short 2015
SNL Shorts 2014 TV Movie clips
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013
Lifecasters 2013 TV Movie documentary
Kenny Powers: The K-Swiss MFCEO 2011 Short
The Other Guys 2010
Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts 2009 TV Special archive footage
Eastbound & Down 2009 TV Series 1 episode
Green Team 2008 Video short
Step Brothers 2008
The Landlord 2007/I Short
Good Cop, Baby Cop 2007 Video short
The Procedure 2007/I Short
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 2004 Video
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004
2004 MTV Movie Awards 2004 TV Special segment "Anchorman"
Saturday Night Live 2000-2001 TV Series 7 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 Custodian
Expeditions to the Edge 2004 TV Series
Pushing Tom 2003 The Boss
Felicia and the Great Quebec 2003 Big Dick Cash
God Hates Cartoons 2002 Video Uncle Gabby
Saturday Night Live 1995-2001 TV Series Audience Member Construction Worker Keith ...
The Other Guys 2010 Dirty Mike
The Smallest Co%k in Porn 2009 Video short
Green Team 2008 Video short Erin Gossamer
Step Brothers 2008 Man without Glasses
Human Giant 2007 TV Series Alan Harkett
The Landlord 2007/I Short Friend
Girl Missing 2007 Video Detective 'Sally' LaSalle
Good Cop, Baby Cop 2007 Video short Policeman
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 Terry Cheveaux
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 2004 Video Custodian

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 writer: "Whammy Chicken", "We Live Forever", "Doby", "Big Big World", "Gay for a Day", "Laundromat Love Song"
Machine Gun Preacher 2011 writer: "God Grants Wishes"
The Other Guys 2010 writer: "Ugly Sunday", "Let the Dragon Loose", "Lendl Global Jingle", "Pimps Don't Cry"
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 2009 writer: "Eagle Style", "It Ain't Easy", "Selleck Motors Jingle", "Let's Make a Baby", "McDermott's Angels", "The Goods"
Step Brothers 2008 writer: "Captain Benevent & His Ragtag Crew", "Boats 'n Hoes", "Family Bible", "Back and Forth"
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 writer: "Guaranteed Cool" - uncredited
Bewitched 2005 writer: "Promised Land"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush 2009 TV Special stage director
Saturday Night Live 2007 TV Series consultant - 1 episode
The Foot Fist Way 2006 presenter
Night of Too Many Stars 2003 TV Movie production consultant
MTV Video Music Awards 1998 1998 TV Special consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie 2016 TV Movie special thanks
Pimps Don't Cry 2010 Video short special thanks
Funny or Die Presents... 2010 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Hostage: A Love Story 2009 Short very special thanks
Prop 8: The Musical 2008 Short special thanks: for the nudge
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse 2006 TV Special thanks
I Heart Huckabees 2004 the producers wish to thank - as Adam Mckay
Martin & Orloff 2002 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon 2016 Documentary Himself
No, You Shut Up! 2016 TV Series Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2016 TV Series Himself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Co-Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay and Nominee: Best Director
20/20 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Director (segment "My Oscar Journey")
Real Time with Bill Maher 2011-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series Himself
Film '72 2016 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
73rd Golden Globe Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Rencontres de cinéma 2015 TV Series Himself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
This Is Comedy 2014 Documentary Himself
Larry King Now 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
60 Minutes 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Comedian (segment "Judd Apatow")
Will Ferrell: Mark Twain Prize 2011 TV Movie Himself
The 2011 Comedy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The Back Room 2011 TV Series short Himself
Saturday Night Live Backstage 2011 TV Special documentary Himself
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 2008-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself
Reel Comedy 2006-2010 TV Series Himself
Will Ferrell: Road to Broadway 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation 2007 TV Special documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Himself - Commentator
The Delmonic Interviews 2002 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 1996 TV Series Himself / Taddli audience member

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor 2017 TV Series Himself - Director, The Big Short

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Ant-Man (2015) · Peyton Reed
· Edgar Wright
· Joe Cornish
· Paul Rudd
2016 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 Outstanding Director of the Year Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival The Big Short (2015)
2016 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Film The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph (screenwriter)
· Michael Lewis (author)
2016 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph (screenplay)
2015 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 Hollywood Breakthrough Award Hollywood Film Awards Breakthrough Directing The Big Short (2015)
2015 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 OFCC Award Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2010 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series Saturday Night Live (1975) · Seth Meyers (head writer)
· Doug Abeles
· James Anderson
· Alex Baze
· Jessica Conrad
· James Downey
· Steve Higgins
· Colin Jost
· Erik Kenward
· Rob Klein
· John Lutz
· Lorne Michaels
· John Mulaney
· Paula Pell
· Simon Rich
· Marika Sawyer
· Akiva Schaffer
· John Solomon
· Emily Spivey
· Kent Sublette
· Jorma Taccone
· Bryan H. Tucker
· Andrew Steele (additional sketch)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing The Big Short (2015)
2016 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Drunk History (2013) · Will Ferrell (executive producer)
· Owen Burke (executive producer)
· Derek Waters (executive producer)
· Jeremy Konner (executive producer)
· Seth Weitberg (co-executive producer)
· Melissa Wylie (produced by)
2016 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards The Big Short (2015)
2016 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2016 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Direction The Big Short (2015)
2016 Cinema for Peace Award Cinema for Peace Awards Most Valuable Movie of the Year The Big Short (2015)
2016 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film The Big Short (2015)
2016 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Screenplay of the Year The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Drunk History (2013) · Will Ferrell (executive producer)
· Owen Burke (executive producer)
· Derek Waters (executive producer)
· Jeremy Konner (executive producer)
· Seth Weitberg (Co-Executive Producer)
· Melissa Wylie (produced by)
2015 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Director The Big Short (2015)
2015 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Big Short (2015)
2015 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 PCC Award Phoenix Critics Circle Best Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Director The Big Short (2015)
2015 Screenplay Competition Screenwriters Choice Awards, Online Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2014 Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) · Will Ferrell
2009 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009) · Will Ferrell (executive producer/performer)
· Jessica Elbaum (executive producer)
· Marty Callner (produced by)
· Randall Gladstein (produced by)
2006 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Bewitched (2005) · Nora Ephron
· Delia Ephron
2002 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series Saturday Night Live (1975) · Tina Fey
· Dennis McNicholas
· James Anderson
· Robert Carlock
· Tony Daro
· James Downey
· Hugh Fink
· Melanie Graham
· Steve Higgins
· Erik Kenward
· Lorne Michaels
· Jerry Minor
· Matt Murray
· Paula Pell
· Matt Piedmont
· Jon Rosenfeld
· Frank Sebastiano
· Michael Schur
· T. Sean Shannon
· Robert Smigel
· Barry Sobel
· Andrew Steele
· Scott Wainio
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Saturday Night Live (1975) · Tina Fey (head writer)
· Dennis McNicholas (head writer)
· James Anderson (writer)
· Robert Carlock (writer)
· Jerry Collins (writer)
· Tony Daro (writer)
· James Downey (writer)
· Hugh Fink (writer)
· Melanie Graham (writer)
· Tim Herlihy (writer)
· Steve Higgins (writer)
· Erik Kenward (writer)
· Lorne Michaels (writer)
· Jerry Minor (writer)
· Matt Murray (writer)
· Paula Pell (writer)
· Matt Piedmont (writer)
· Jon Rosenfeld (writer)
· Michael Schur (writer)
· T. Sean Shannon (writer)
· Robert Smigel (writ
2001 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series Saturday Night Live (1975) · Tina Fey (also supervising)
· Kevin Brennan
· Cindy Caponera
· Robert Carlock
· Jerry Collins
· Steven Cragg
· Tony Daro
· Ali Reza
· Hugh Fink
· Richard Francese
· Tim Herlihy
· Steve Higgins
· Dennis McNicholas
· Lorne Michaels
· Paula Pell
· J.J. Philbin
· Matt Piedmont
· Michael Schur
· T. Sean Shannon
· Andrew Steele
· Scott Wainio

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph
2015 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short (2015) · Charles Randolph

TitleSalary
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $2,000,000 (screenplay)

#Fact
1 Directed 1 actor to an Oscar nomination: Christian Bale, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Big Short (2015).
2 Friend of Paul F. Tompkins and Jay Johnston.
3 With wife Shira Piven, has two daughters, Lili Rose McKay and Pearl McKay.
4 Was a student of Del Close's at the IO Theater.
5 As a college student he was a stand up comic and once had a guy throw a bottle at him while on stage.
6 His daughter, Pearl McKay, is featured in two short films with Will Ferrell - The Landlord (2007) and Good Cop, Baby Cop (2007). The films share the common theme of toddler Pearl ruthlessly bullying Ferrell.
7 He is an Alumni from the Famous Improv Olympic along with actors Vince Vaughn, the late Chris Farley, Ossie Beck, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Mike Myers.
8 On the Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) commentary, he pretended he was a producer of the movie named "Aaron Zimmerman".
9 Brother-in-law of Jeremy Piven. Son-in-law of Byrne Piven and Joyce Hiller Piven.
10 Although his work at Saturday Night Live (1975) was mainly as a writer and director, he made several appearances on the show, usually as an over-sized, obnoxious audience member who heckles the host or cast members until the stars verbally or physically attack him. McKay had auditioned for Saturday Night Live (1975) as an actor, while he was still with the Second City Improv but didn't make the cut as on camera talent. But, he had submitted four scripts to the show which had gotten him hired as a writer.
11 Throughout 2000 and 2001, McKay made several short films for Saturday Night Live (1975). Actors such as Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Patrick McCartney, Jerry Minor, Tracy Morgan, Chris Parnell, Andy Richter, Horatio Sanz, Molly Shannon and Ben Stiller have appeared in his SNL shorts. In 2004, McKay directed his first full feature film, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), which he co-wrote with Will Ferrell.
12 An alumni of the Second City Improv Company in Chicago.
13 Was one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe.

#Quote
1 [observation, 2013 on Roger Ebert] How much we miss him. He wrote the worst review of anything I've ever done. And it was so great! We don't care. When you do comedy, you get impervious to good and bad reviews. It was 'Step Brothers' and he claimed it was 'the sign of the end of Western civilization'.
2 [on performing comedy] Well, you kind of start with the premise of 'it makes us laugh', and there's a bit of checking in with the crowd. Will [Ferrell] and I write our own sense of humor. We've been doing it for a long time so there is some adjustment going on that we're not conscious of. There's some awareness that there's an audience that is going to see it. You're not completely out there. You put it up and, much like horror -in horror and comedy - the audience really has to go with you. So we don't mind losing 'em for stretches. We don't mind throwing something at 'em that they outright don't like, but that you want them to be with some of the movie.. You pick your moments to go 'Screw the audience' and you pick up you moments where you need the audience. You're trying to do something that's still something that makes us laugh, for this part where we need the audience. That's the game of comedy.
3 [on 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'] With sequels you often see these inflated test scores. I said, 'I don't ever want this movie to get over a 90'. I want 10% of the crowd NOT to like the movie'. You want the majority to be into it, but that was literally our mission. Let's not get too lovable with this. Let's make sure we sing a love song to a shark. We open our movie with a shark attack. It's not standard storytelling.
4 [paying homage to vintage comedies] Scattershot, ensemble comedy in which it's all different kinds of comedy - it's absurd, it's edgy, it's dry - that's my favorite kind of stuff. 'Airplane!' was the one for me. I was in sixth grade, and I remember going to see that movie seven times and just tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard. 'Boy Trapped in Refrigerator Eats Own Foot' - I've had conversations with numerous people who say that joke was a turning point in their life.
5 Sequels are desperate. We're cooler than that. We kind of thought, 'Wait a minute. If we do a sequel, we'll have enough cred from the first movie that we could do crazy-ass shit. We won't have to establish new characters and story and jump right into what we want to do.' The second part was, 'Can we make a good sequel?' There are a lot of flat comedy sequels...'Can we make a sequel that doesn't suck?'

#Trademark
1 Frequently works with Will Ferrell
2 Often begins his movies with a quote
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