Interview: Adam McKay Talks Cameos, ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ And ‘Anchorman 2′ Writing Process

Movies & TV

By: / December 17, 2013

Anchorman 2 is one of the most highly-anticipated comedy sequels in recent memory. Looking to pick-up where the surprise 2004 smash hit left off, writer and filmmaker Adam McKay talks with us about the project, putting his kids into the mix, and more.

Adam McKay, who got his start in comedy at iO Theatre and Second City, has made five films with Will Ferrell. There’s been a lot of success in partnering up with the ex-Saturday Night Live star, but his own credentials merits applause as well.

A graduate of Great Valley High in Malvern, the now 45-year-old filmmaker comes with all the merits of a true comedic workhorse: a former head writer at Saturday Night Live; co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv group; co-founder of the wildly popular viral video site Funny or Die; and he served as a producer, writer and/or director of such classics as Talladega Nights and Step Brothers.

McKay also wrote, alongside Will Ferrell, and directed Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which opens Wednesday (Dec. 18). The oft-talked about sequel finds San Diego’s legendary Channel 4 Evening News team taking their respective talents to New York, becoming essential pieces in the launch of the first 24-hour cable news channel.

Over the weekend, VIBE got an opportunity to chat with the affable Hollywood talent about his own writing process with Anchorman 2, and he gave us some extra tidbits about Uptown Saturday Night, his kids being in the film, Drake and Kanye West’s appearances and more.

You can listen to the full chat below:

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues also stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, and features cameos by Will Smith, Kanye West, and Drake.