Adam McKay was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 17, 1968, the son of a professional musician (as was, coincidentally, future partner Will Ferrell). After graduating from the Philly suburb of Malvern's Great Valley High School in 1986, he began performing stand-up in local bars and restaurants, but by his own account, was "atrocious," inspiring one audience member to hurl a bottle at him. He attended Penn State and Temple universities, then moved to Chicago, IL to study improvisational comedy at The IO, or Improv Olympic Theatre, under Del Close, a legendary actor-teacher who had directed Chicago's Second City Theatre, where he trained many future "Saturday Night Live" st...
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