Adam McKay (born (1968-04-17)April 17, 1968) is an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. McKay served as head writer for the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live for two seasons and is the co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade. He is the director of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Step Brothers (2008), The Other Guys (2010), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), all of which he co-wrote with his creative partner Will Ferrell. Together McKay and Ferrell have co-written and produced numerous TV series and films, and produced their comedy website Funny or Die and HBO's Eastbound & Down through their company Gary Sanchez Productions.McKay's The Big Short (2015) was the first film he directed without Ferrell in the cast. Venturing into more dramatic territory, he was nominated for several awards for The Big Short including the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and two British Academy Film Awards - Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, with co-writer Charles Randolph. He and Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, BAFTA and WGA Awards. For Vice (2018), a biographical film Mckay wrote and directed about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, he received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
In 1999, he married Shira Piven, a film and television director. They have two daughters, Lili Rose and Pearl. His brother-in-law is actor Jeremy Piven.McKay serves on the Creative Council of RepresentUs, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization. He is a supporter of the Democratic Party and endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in 2016 and again in 2020. He identifies as a democratic socialist.
McKay was born in 1968 in Denver, Colorado and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a waitress mother, Sarah, and a musician father. When McKay was seven, his parents divorced. He attended Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1986. He then attended Pennsylvania State University for a year before transferring to Temple University, where he majored in English. McKay dropped out of Temple a semester-and-a-half before he was set to earn his bachelor's degree. He described it as "settling with an imaginary degree".He is one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy group and a former performer at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, 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, as well as 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.
Movies & TV shows
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Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
The story of best friends Barb and Star, who leave their small midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, ...
Don't Look Up
After discovering that a meteorite will hit the Earth in six months, two low-level astronomer will go on a media tour to warn the world, but they will find a lot of unreceptive and unbelieving people....
Q: Into the Storm
A three-year investigation chronicles the evolution of "Q" in real time, with access to key players, along with an examination of how the anonymous character uses conspiracy theories and information w...
The Oxy Kingpins
The untold story of how a network of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and retailers worked together to perpetuate the opioid crisis that has killed over half a million people in America is ...
Painting With John
Each episode finds artist John Lurie ensconced at his worktable, where he hones his intricate watercolor techniques and shares his reflections on what he has learned about life.
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Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip
The solar industry and people's rights are being attacked by a powerful system. Jonathan Scott travels the USA confronting those at the root of the issue and meeting with ordinary citizens fighting ba...
Motherland: Fort Salem
Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the government to fight for their country, the series follows three young women from basic t...
The voter recount in Florida that ended with George W was chronicled in a documentary. Bush won by a small margin.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Two small-town aspiring musicians chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where high stakes, scheming rivals and onstage mishaps test their bond.
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Dead to Me
An eccentric optimist befriends a hotheaded widow who is searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband.
A group of former strip club employees banded together to help their Wall Street clients.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"
Live performances of classic holiday-themed episodes from Norman Lear's hit shows "All in the Family" and "Good Times."
On the eve of their high school graduation, two teenage superstars realize that they should have worked less and played more. The girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.
The string of Oscar-winning classics was the result of Hal Ashby's obsessive genius. The cautionary tale of art versus commerce was played out by the uncompromising nature of Ashby.
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Holmes & Watson
The detective and the doctor. There is a murder at Buckingham Palace. The queen will become the next victim if they don't solve the case in four days.
The lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father steps back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.
George W. Bush picked Dick Cheney to be his running mate in the 2000 presidential election. Cheney has experience in politics, having served as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defe...
LA to Vegas
An ensemble workplace comedy about a group of people trying to find their place in the world, set on a Friday night flight from Los Angeles to Vegas and a Sunday return flight, who all share the same ...
She could be responsible. She could go to Ibiza with her friends. It was an easy choice.
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When Scott and Kate's daughter gets into the college of her dreams, it's cause for celebration. Scott and Kate are now on the hook for tuition because the scholarship they were counting on didn't come...
The History of Comedy
What makes us laugh, why, and how that's influenced our social and political landscape throughout history are topics to be explored.
Set against the backdrop of a major drug cartel bust, the series follows two low-level cops who have spent far too much time in a car together, two criminals who are largely kept in the dark, two disp...
Daddy's Home 2
Brad and Dusty have to deal with their fathers during the holidays.
A lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo falls for her teacher when she learns English. She is looking for her missing teacher.
A titan of industry is sent to prison for trading on inside information. Not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget when she becomes America's latest sweetheart.
Wrongfully accused and on the run, a top MI6 assassin joins forces with his long-lost football hooligan brother to save the world from a sinister plot.
A.C. Green: Iron Virgin
He played in a record 1,192 consecutive NBA games. As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, he won two NBA championships. But what made A.C. Green even more distinctive was the courage of his co...
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Sleeping with Other People
After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey and Jake meet by chance twelve years later and discover they both have the same problem: because of their monogamy challenged ways, neither can m...
After he is sentenced, James is given a month to get his affairs in order. Knowing that he won't survive more than a few minutes in prison on his own, James desperately turns to a black businessman wh...
The story of a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife's two children, but complications arise when their freewheeling, freeloading real father arrives, f...
The Big Short
The men made a lot of money.
Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats because he has the ability...
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon
Del Close has an impact on comedy fans. He is a mentor to many comedians. Thousands of comedy fans, actors, and successful comedians gather to celebrate Del Close, the most important person in modern ...
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This Is Comedy
There is a documentary about Judd Apatow.
After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her grandmother.
The personal life of Rebecca Wright, a tough-as-nails judge serving on the Los Angeles County Circuit Court, is chronicled in the series. Her reputation will be judged by a boy whose parents were in p...
Welcome to Me
A woman with a personality disorder who won the Mega Millions lottery quits her medication and buys her own talk show.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel and Gretel have become the ultimate avengers. Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches. Their past.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24 hour news channel by storm.
McKay, Ferrell and Reilly form a Green Team to save our polluted environment.
Three friends were ridiculed in high school for being asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding.
Two politicians are competing to represent their small North Carolina congressional district in the US House of Representatives.
The story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy wouldn't come to his country.
Casa De Mi Padre
The brothers were trying to save their father's ranch when they found themselves in a war with a drug lord.
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Funny or Die Presents
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay created a half-hour sketch comedy show called "Funny or Die Presents." It was on the air on February 19th. Sky Atlantic broadcasts it in the UK.
The Virginity Hit
Four guys, one camera, and their experience documenting the exhilarating and terrifying process of losing their virginity. As these guys help their buddy get laid, they will have to survive friends wi...
In this Funny or Die short, Barack Obama has the opportunity to meet all the former U.S. presidents from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush, dead or alive, who'll help him to figure out America's current p...
The Other Guys
NYPD detectives Gamble and Hoitz don't get much attention as they work day to day. Two cops get the chance to prove to their colleagues that they have the right stuff when a small case turns into a bi...
Big Lake was on Comedy Central. The series was picked up by Comedy Central with an initial 10 episode order. After a second season, Comedy Central did not pick up the contract.
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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Don Ready is a lot of things, but he is best known for being an extraordinary salesman. When a car dealership in Temecula teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, he and his ragtag team dive in to save the...
Eastbound & Down
Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ball player returns to teach at his old middle school.
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W. Bush
Will is playing a character named George W. Bush joked about the former President of the United States. After playing George W. The 43rd President of the United States of America is being sent up by W...
Land of the Lost
He was on his latest expedition. A research assistant and a redneck survivalist are with Rick Marshall. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in...
Prop 8: The Musical
The conflict of the aftermath of the gay marriage ban in California is solved by Jesus.
Brennan Huff and Dale Doback might be grown ups. They can still live at home and become jealous, competitive stepbrothers when their parents marry. Everyone is wondering if Brennan and Dale will ever ...
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Ricky Bobby is one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, he is the fastest man on four wheels. A big, hairy American winning machine, Ricky has everything a dimwitted daredevil could want, a luxu...
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
A San Diego anchorman named Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee.
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
A group of thieves better known as 'The Alarm Clock' try to make the truth known, whatever that may mean, as Ron Burgundy's rivalry with Veronica Corningstone escalates quickly.
A mother escapes her abusive husband and takes her young daughter toward refuge in a secluded home, only to be assailed by intruders hungry for the gold that is supposedly buried in the house.
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Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
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A young couple visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where an acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu.
The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The book "The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" was the basis for the movie.
Her integrity is called into question when federal agencies investigate her company because she created a bio-tech company that catapulted her to fame with an estimated value in the billions.
Women in Business
Two career ladies are on their way to Canada when their trip is turned upside down by an intern.
A movie is based on a show.
An ordinary man lives in a world where free will doesn't exit and his life is scripted by a writer in Heaven.
Untitled Lakers Project
The Los Angeles Lakers became the most successful basketball team in the 1980's.
Beverly Nicholson was America's first female president. When Beverly and Kasey are in the White House, they will prove that there is more than one great woman.
It was called a social thriller.
A remake of a 2016 German film about a dad who creates an alter ego of himself in order to connect with his daughter.