25 Industry Insiders Who Changed Television

Lorne Michaels

Creator: Saturday Night Live

It's no secret that Lorne Michaels is at the center of American television comedy. He's long been a household name due to his association with Saturday Night Live. The star-making late-night show is not the only notable comedy endeavor that Michaels has launched—far from it. Kids in the Hall, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, 30 Rock and Portlandia all bear his name.

Despite his years in the industry, Michaels continues to find gold on the comedic fringes. His company, Broadway Video, has launched the Above Average Network, a web comedy channel, and judging by the quality of the content there, Michaels has no shortage of voices the comedy world needs to hear.

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