Thursday, June 17, 2004

'Saturday Night Live'
creator gets Twain prize



Lorne Michaels, a Canadian-born comedy writer who created Saturday Night Live and produced Wayne's World, Tommy Boy and other movies that showcased its stars, will be awarded one of America's top comedy prizes.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, awarded annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will be given to Michaels at an awards ceremony in Washington on Oct. 25.

Michaels, 59, has won 10 Emmys as a television writer and producer.

The most recent came in 2002 when Saturday Night Live was awarded the Emmy for best writing in a variety/comedy series.

"His creation, which has become an American icon, along with his work on film and on Broadway, has provided this nation with some of its greatest comedians," Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser said in a statement announcing the award.




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