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MARK McKINNEY
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.

[This bio was on NBC's Saturday Night Live page in 1995.]

 

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