Hot on the heels of Woody Allen partnering with Amazon Prime, another industry legend, Mike Myers, has signed a two-year contract with HBO. The Canadian comedian, screenwriter and producer inked an “overall” deal with the premium cable network, which means that Mike’s work will be exclusive to HBO in television.
“Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting.”
Mike added simply: "I'm thrilled to be at HBO."
After getting his start in the improv group The Second City in Toronto, the Scarborough, Ont.–born actor rose to fame when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1990s. Since then he's starred in the Wayne’s World and Austin Powers films and was also the voice of Shrek in Dreamworks’ animated franchise of the same name.
Aside from starring in the yet-to-be-released Austin Powers 4, Mike has been keeping busy behind the camera, making his directorial debut with the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which premiered at TIFF in 2013.
The 51-year-old actor also welcomed a daughter, Sunday Molly Myers, in April 2014 with wife Kelly Tisdale.
Appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman last August, the star explained that he and his wife gave their daughter the unusual moniker because they hate Sundays and wanted to turn it around and "make it something good." His daughter’s middle name was inspired by the actor’s aunt, who lives in Liverpool.
The couple also have a son, three-year-old Spike.
There’s been no word yet on what projects Mike has lined up for HBO – but we can't wait to see what the Canadian funnyman comes up with!