Adam McKay is an American actor, producer, writer, director and a comedian. McKay is known for his direction of movies such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,
, The Other Guys and
The Big Short
among many others. McKay is also credited as the head writer to three seasons of the NBC-produced, . McKay co-writes most of his films content along with
and often casts him in his movies. The Emmy-winning website “Funny or Die Presents” is produced by Ferrell and McKay through their joint production house, “Gary Sanchez Productions”. Though McKay was born in Colorado, he grew up in Pennsylvania, where he pursued his education at the Great Valley High School. Later on, McKay attended the Pennsylvania State University but cut short his college days by dropping out to follow his passion which laid elsewhere. The Upright Citizens Brigade improvisational comedy club saw McKay as one of its founding members.
McKay also performed regular stand-up gigs at the “Improv Olympic Theater”, and the Child’s Play Touring Theater in Chicago, alongside Matt Besser, Neil Flynn, Ian Roberts, Ali Farahnakian and Miles Stroth. McKay was also a part of the numerous stage plays held at the Second City Theater in Illinois, including the well-known play “Pinata Full of Bees”. McKay started his career as an actor, writer and director through Saturday Night Live in 1995, after the show’s producers had liked the scripts that he provided them. Initially, McKay wanted to be a performer on SNL, but he ended up as the head content writer for the show for nearly three years. Later on, McKay persuaded
, a friend from his “Second City” days, to submit her work to the producers of SNL which also led to Fey succeeding McKay as the content writer for the show. Following his departure from the SNL, McKay teamed up with Will Ferrell to act, write and direct the 2004 movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”. McKay has also written, produced, directed and featured in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Rocky Bobby”, “Step Brothers”, “The Other Guys”, and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”. 2007 saw the launch of McKay’s and Ferrell’s joint venture in the form of the hilarious website “Funny or Die Presents”. In the year 2009, McKay produced “Eastbound & Down”, “The Land of the Lost” and “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard”. 2010 saw him produce Big Lake, The Other Guys, Funny or Die Presents and The Virginity Hit.
McKay has also produced movies such as Casa de Mi Padre,
, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Tammy, Welcome to Me, Sleeping with Other People,
and A Deadly Adoption. 2015 saw McKay turn scriptwriter for the
starrer, Marvel’s “Ant-Man”. In the same year, McKay wrote and directed the Golden Globe Award-nominated, “The Big Short”. The movie pocketed McKay nominations for a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award. McKay has also been a host on the Gimlet Media-produced podcast, “Surprisingly Awesome”. McKay is married to the actress Shira Piven since 1996.