How a comedian’s comedy career turned into a movie career
Michael Mcdonald became a comic in the early 1980s when he first made an appearance on The Jerry Springer Show, which was then being hosted by Larry King.
In 1981, Mcdonald was signed to a contract with a fledgling comedy troupe called The Ritz, and he starred in their debut film, The Ringer, in 1981.
Mcdonald would go on to have a number of roles in other films, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Breakfast Club, and the comedy classic The Steve Allen Show.
By 1985, he was starring in the sitcom The Office, which premiered in 1985.
That same year, he signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television and starred in a sitcom about a young professional basketball player who has a wife and a baby.
By 1986, McDonald had made a number more films, most notably in 1987’s How to Be Single.
By 1989, he and his wife, Jane Fonda, appeared in the romantic comedy The Perfect Guy.
By 1990, McElhenney had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, and in 1992 he starred opposite Kate Winslet and David Hyde Pierce in the musical Hamilton, which became a Broadway hit in 1994.
That year, McDonagh starred in the biopic The King and I, which won Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards, as well as two other awards.
In 1993, McLaverty made his directorial debut with The Big Short, a drama about the financial crisis of 2008 that was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
That movie earned McElroy an Oscar nomination for Best Director and an Academy Award nomination for his cinematography.
In 1996, McLaughlin and McElheny formed a comedy troup in the Boston suburb of Beverly Hills.
McLahey had an early role in the hit NBC sitcom Full House, which also featured his wife and daughter.
He appeared in several other movies, including 1995’s The King’s Speech and 1998’s The Perfect Husband.
In 2000, McLean was nominated for an Academy Awards for his directing debut, starring in The Big Sick.
That film won a Best Picture Oscar nomination and a Golden Globes nomination for its acting.
He went on to direct several more films before his career took off.
McLean became an icon for his comedic timing, his ability to pull off an ensemble performance, and his ability with his voice.
He was nominated five times for an Emmy, winning for his roles in The Office and The Big Bang Theory.
McElragh has starred in films including 2001’s The Big Wedding, starring Tom Hanks; 2003’s My Name is Earl, starring Julia Roberts; 2005’s The Last Laugh, starring Jennifer Garner; and 2009’s The Pianist, starring Michael Cera.
McLaurin is a writer, producer, and director who has produced more than 40 television series and movies.
His most recent feature film, Unfinished Business, has been nominated for nine Academy Awards.
He is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and Principato-Young Entertainment.