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ADAM MCKAY (DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER) has certainly come a long way since his days as head writer on the venerable comedy institution "Saturday Night Live," where he met long-time producing and writing partner Will Ferrell.  

Most recently, McKay produced the comedy/horror film "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters."  Co-written and directed by Tommy Wirkola, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" picked up 15 years after their encounter with the gingerbread house-dwelling witch and have now become shotgun-handling bounty hunters. The film has made $223 million worldwide. This year McKay returns to direct "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," which he co-wrote with Will Ferrell, as the sequel to the 2004 cult classic, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."   

In 2012, McKay and Ferrell collaborated to release Warner Brothers' presidential comedy, "The Campaign" which made more than $100 million worldwide and is the highest grossing political comedy in U.S. box office history. In 2010, McKay and Ferrell released Sony's, "The Other Guys," which went on to make more than $170 million worldwide. McKay also executive produced Paramount's "The Dictator," starring Sacha Baron Cohen.    

McKay, raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attended Temple University and then moved to Chicago to become part of the sketch comedy scene.  He was one of the founding members of the Upright Brigade comedy troupe and is an alumnus of the Second City Improv Company in Chicago.

Throughout 2000 and 2001, McKay made several short films for "Saturday Night Live."  Although his work at "Saturday Night Live" was mainly as a writer and director, he made several appearances on the show, usually as an over-sized, obnoxious audience member harasses the host or cast members until the stars verbally or physically attacks him.   

McKay also served as executive producer of the HBO series "Eastbound and Down" and directed an episode of the first season. 

Along with Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy, McKay started the comedy website Funny or Die, which now gets over 35 million hits each year.  McKay also wrote and acted in "The Landlord," the site's first video, which received over 70 million views.


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