In 1975, NBC hired Lorne Michaels to create a show to run on Saturday nights. After gathering a group of actors and writers, Michaels debuted Saturday Night Live, a sketch comedy show that has launched numerous careers. The show has been nominated for 160 Emmy Awards and has won 35. Michaels is recognized as one of the most influential comedy producers of all time.
Michaels is good friends with Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and Steve Martin. He was married to Rosie Schuster from 1973 to 1980, and to Susan Forristal from 1984 to 1987. In 1999, Michaels married Alice Barry, with whom he has three children.