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Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through their production company Gary Sanchez Productions. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 The Big Short (screenplay)
 2015 Mexican Donald Trump (Short)
 2015 Ant-Man (screenplay)
 2015 Get Hard (story)
 2014 Cops: Ferguson (Short)
 2014 Saturday Night Live: Best of This Season (TV Movie) (additional sketches)
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (5 episodes, 2002 - 2007) (writer - 81 episodes, 1995 - 2001) (head writer - 38 episodes, 1997 - 1999) (additional sketches - 1 episode, 2013) (additional sketch - 1 episode, 2007)
- Paul Rudd/One Direction (2013) ... (additional sketches)
- Scarlett Johansson/Björk (2007) ... (segment "Saturday TV Funhouse")
- Jeremy Piven/AFI (2007) ... (additional sketch)
- Steve Carell/Kanye West (2005) ... (segment "Saturday TV Funhouse")
- Lindsay Lohan/Coldplay (2005) ... (segment "Saturday TV Funhouse")
 2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (characters) / (written by)
 2012 The Campaign (story)
  hunt9100 (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode, 2012) (story - 1 episode, 2012)
- Favorite Step Brothers Scenes (2012) ... (screenplay) / (story)
 2011 How to be Suave: Dad Edition (Short) (concept)
 2011 How to be Suave: Dating Edition (Short) (concept)
 2011 How to Be Suave: Mom Edition (Short) (concept)
 2010 Pimps Don't Cry (Video short)
 2010 The Other Guys (written by)
 2010 Funny or Die Presents... (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Episode #1.12 (2010) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.11 (2010) ... (creator)
- The Carpet Brothers (2010) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.8 (2010) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.7 (2010) ... (creator)
 2010 Presidential Reunion (Video short) (written by)
 2008 Ron Howard's Call to Action (Video short) (written by)
 2008 Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (TV Series) (additional sketch - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... (additional sketch)
 2008 Green Team (Video short)
 2008 Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad (Video short) (written by)
 2008 Step Brothers (screenplay) / (story)
 2007/I The Landlord (Short)
 2007 Good Cop, Baby Cop (Video short)
 2007/I The Procedure (Short) (written by)
 2005 Earth to America (TV Movie)
 2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (Video) (written by)
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Appeared in the video, "Good Cop, Baby Cop". The video also featured Will Ferrell as "Angel", a suspected killer, and his daughter (with wife Shira Piven), Pearl McKay, as the "Lieutenant". According to the video, it is Pearl's "farewell performance". (2007) See more »

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Adam 'Ghost Panther' McKay | Adam Mckay | Aaron Zimmerman


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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[on performing comedy] Well, you kind of start with the premise of 'it makes us laugh', and there's a bit of checking in with the crowd. Will [Ferrell] and I write our own sense of humor. We've been doing it for a long time so there is some adjustment going on that we're not conscious of. There's some awareness that there's an audience that is going to see it. You're not completely out there. You... See more »


His daughter, Pearl McKay, is featured in two short films with Will Ferrell - The Landlord (2007) and Good Cop, Baby Cop (2007). The films share the common theme of toddler Pearl ruthlessly bullying Ferrell. See more »


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