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Michael McCarthy (1959–2020), SNL writer and Second City veteran

by Linnea Crowther

Michael McCarthy was a comedian who was a former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and a performer with Chicago’s Second City improv group.

Comedian and writer

Inspired to be a comedy writer by watching “The Dick Van Dyke Show” growing up, McCarthy joined Second City in the early 1980s, where he would perform alongside future stars including Steve Carell and Amy Sedaris. McCarthy was hired as a “Saturday Night Live” writer soon after. In 1995, he founded the Cat Laughs comedy festival in Kilkenny, Ireland, which still continues. McCarthy also wrote for TV shows including “Sesame Street” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Later, he taught at Chicago’s DePaul University and at the iO Theater.

What people said about him

Full obituary: Chicago Tribune


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