Born in the Windy City in 1968, the television sketch comedy scripter, big screen writer/director, and occasional performer Adam McKay first entered the public eye (and established himself professionally) when he helped found the Upright Citizens Brigade comic improv troupe in 1990, alongside [[Performer~P352605~Matt Besser~mattbesser]], Ian Roberts, [[Performer~P277426~Horatio Sanz~horatiosanz]], and others. McKay subsequently worked at the ImprovOlympic theater in Chicago and joined the cast of [[Feature~V309486~SCTV~sctv[tvseries]]], contributing heavily to its infamous sketch "The Piñata Full of Bees." Later (in the early '90s), McKay auditioned for the cast of [[Feature~V175321~Saturday Night Live~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]]. He failed to make the cut as an [[Feature~V175321~SNL~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]] performer, but submitted (highly politicized) material to the program which was so sharp and funny that it secured him a position as a regular [[Feature~V175321~SNL~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]] contributor (of scripts and occasional short films) from 1995 through 2001. For three of those years, McKay served as [[Feature~V175321~SNL~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]] head writer; longtime friend (and [[Feature~V309486~SCTV~sctv[tvseries]]] alumnus) [[Performer~P336261~Tina Fey~tinafey]] succeeded him in the role.
During his [[Feature~V175321~SNL~saturdaynightlive[tvseries]]] stint, McKay met and befriended funnyman [[Performer~P224449~Will Ferrell~willferrell]]. Not long after McKay departed from the program, the two formed a professional partnership, teaming up to co-write the summer 2004 big screen comedy vehicle [[Feature~V288094~Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy~anchorman:thelegendofronburgundy]]; McKay took the director's chair for that turn. Unsurprisingly, the film -- about an oversexed, chauvinistic, mentally-deficient San Diego newsman in the mid-'70s ([[Performer~P224449~Ferrell~willferrell]]) -- became a massive hit. It prompted a follow-up, [[Feature~V323754~Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby~talladeganights:theballadofrickybobby]], with the same pedigree as [[Feature~V288094~Anchorman~anchorman:thelegendofronburgundy]], but this time around, McKay posed a triple threat, not only co-authoring the script with [[Performer~P224449~Ferrell~willferrell]], but portraying Terry Cheveaux in the cast.
McKay married actress Shira Piven in 1996, with whom he has two children. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi