Interview: Big Short director Adam McKay on political comedy in “fucked-up times”

Writer-director Adam McKay has been one of the most forward-thinking faces of American comedy for most of his adult life. After early years performing stand-up in Philadelphia, he wound up in Chicago, where he earned accolades as a member of the legendary Second City, as well as being a founding member of Upright Citizens Brigade. From there, he went on to write for Saturday Night Live, where he was a head writer for three years. But he achieved his widest success as the co-writer and director of films with his friend Will Ferrell throughout the ’00s, including Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. Together with Ferrell, he was also responsible for creating Funny Or Die and the George W. Bush-mocking Broadway show You’re Welcome, America.

With his new film The Big Short, about the events leading to the financial crisis of …

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