James Downey

The longest-running writer in the history of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Emmy winner Jim Downey contributed much of the political humor for 27 seasons of the sketch comedy series. A former writer for The ... Read more »
Born: 10/06/1952

Filmography

Producer (10)

Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Producer

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Producer

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

Saturday Night Live Halloween Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Producer

Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Producer

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (7)

Saturday Night Live 1977 - 1980, 1984 - 1998, 2000 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Writer

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Writer

Saturday Night Live Primetime Extra II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Writer

Saturday Night Live: Mothers' Day Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Writer

Saturday Night Live Remembers Chris Farley 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Writer

The New Show 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (6)

30 Rock 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

There Will Be Blood 2007 (Movie)

Al Rose (Actor)

Billy Madison 1995 (Movie)

Principal (Actor)

Bum Rap 1993 (Movie)

Steg (Actor)

Biography

The longest-running writer in the history of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Emmy winner Jim Downey contributed much of the political humor for 27 seasons of the sketch comedy series. A former writer for The Harvard Lampoon, Downey began contributing to "SNL" in 1976 before leaving with producer Lorne Michaels during its tumultuous shake-up in 1980. After stints with "Late Night with David Letterman" (NBC, 1982-1993), he returned to "SNL" to oversee some of its best years, and produce sharp and powerful commentary via the "Weekend Update" segment. In 2008, he returned to prominence for his sketches skewering the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. His status as the backbone of the show's writing staff, and one of the strongest voices in political humor on television, remained untouched for over three decades.

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