Saturday Night Live Bio
Mark McKinney joined the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in
early 1995, and returns this fall for a second season. An extraordinarily
versatile performer, he is often unrecognizable as he assumes
a sketch character. Since joining "SNL," his most memorable moments
have been his impersonation of David Brinkley, his take-off of
a Scottish hooligan and his appearance -- in drag -- as "The Baby-Sitter."
McKinney is also a member of the Canadian comedy troupe "The Kids
in the Hall," whose award-winning television show of the same
name is broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company and on
Comedy Central. Though production of "The Kids in the Hall" television
program wrapped up last year, McKinney and his fellow "Kids" are
currently starring in a feature film. McKinney created many of
the show's most popular characters, including the "Chicken Lady,"
"Darrill, the Excellent Guy" and the misanthropic "Head Crusher."
In 1990 he received an ACE Award as Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
McKinney began his comedy career in Calgary as a member of the
Loose Moose Theatre Company. In 1981 he joined Bruce McCulloch
to form an improvisational comedy troupe called The Audience.
In 1983 the duo traveled to Toronto to perform in a late-night
comedy review at the Rivoli Club, where they teamed with Kevin
McDonald, Dave Foley and Scott Thompson and formed "The Kids in
the Hall" in 1984. McKinney was born in 1963. He currently resides
in Toronto and New York.
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