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Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney has performed in, written and produced some of the most sophisticated and groundbreaking television in North America. He has worked with the likes of Lorne Michaels on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" (1985-86, 1995-97), and Aaron Sorkin on both "Sportsnight" (1998-99) and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006-07).

As co-creator, writer and ensemble cast member of "The Kids In The Hall" (1988-94), seen on CBC, HBO and CBS, Mark was nominated for three Emmy Awards, and Gemini Awards for the series include Best Writing (1989, 1990) and Best Performance (1989, 1993). Mark followed this with three seasons on "Saturday Night Live" as both a principal cast member and staff writer.  "The Kids" later returned to television in 2010 with the raucous miniseries, "Death Comes To Town."

With Susan Coyne and Bob Martin, he co-wrote the international hit "Slings & Arrows." The team won the 2006 and 2007 Gemini Awards for Best Writing as well as three WGC Awards (2004, 2006 and 2007). In 2006, Mark also took home a Gemini in two acting categories: Best Performance in a Continuing Role ("Slings & Arrows": as the skittish, scheming Richard Smith-Jones) and Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Series (for "Robson Arms").  "Slings & Arrows" was soon after syndicated in the US by the Sundance Channel.

Following "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," again, as both a cast member and a writer, Mark served as one of the producers, as well as the showrunner, of TMN/HBO Canada’s biting "Less Than Kind." He won the WGC “Showrunner Of The Year” and in 2012, Mark also won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Directing on the series.

On the small screen, Mark has also appeared on: "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Wanda At Large," "Corner Gas," "Kevin Hill" and "Spun Out." His feature films include Guy Maddin’s "Saddes Music in the World" and Scott Smith’s "Falling Angels," which garnered him and ACTRA Award nomination for Outstanding Performance By A Male.  Other features include "The Ladies Man," "Superstar," "The Out of Towners," with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin, "Spiceworld" and "Dog Park." 

As a writer and producer, Mark has shows in development with CBC and served as Executive Producer on "Picnicface," a brilliant Halifax-based comedy troupe with with a 13-part series that aired on the Comedy Network.  He continues to perform standup in L.A. and tours with the ever-popular, now iconic "Kids in the Hall."

Currently, Mark recurs in the FX series "Man Seeking Woman" with Jay Baruchel, and stars in the highly anticipated NBC sitcom "Superstore" with America Ferrarea and Ben Feldman.