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Mike MacDonald

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Mike MacDonald

He is fast, funny and probably the best veteran of the North American funnyman circuit. In addition to his successful and well received live performances all over North America, Mike MacDonald has appeared in such TV shows as The Late Show with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall Show. As the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald learned at an early age that humour would make him popular.

In 1978 at the age of 23, and at the suggestion of a friend, MacDonald began to frequent clubs where he could try his own brand of stand-up comedy. "They were mostly folk clubs, " says Mike. "You can imagine how shocked the audience was when I went on stage. It was totally unexpected and unwanted." But persistence kept him going. MacDonald moved to Toronto and began to perform at Yuk Yuk's on a regular basis.

As his reputation grew, so did the job offers. MacDonald quit his day job in order to make his sole living from comedy. He began to perform throughout Canada and made frequent forays into the United States. In addition to his successful and well received live performances all over North America, Mike MacDonald has appeared on numerous TV shows including "Late Night With David Letterman", "The Arsenio Hall Show", "Just For Laughs", Showtime's "Comedy Club All-Star Show", A&E's "An Evening At The Improv" and Comedy Central's "The A List". Mike MacDonald's popularity continues to skyrocket both in the United States and Canada. He has hosted both the Gemini Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards) and the "Just For Laughs 10th Anniversary Special" for the CBC and starred in a sitcom on that network called "Mosquito Lake."

Mike has also starred in three well received and critically acclaimed specials for the CBC in Canada and for Showtime in the U.S. His first special, "MIKE MacDonald; ON TARGET" was the first one hour prime time special by a stand-up comic in the history of the CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) and easily won its time slot. This success led to MIKE'S next special, "MY HOUSE! MY RULES!" which also won its prime time slot when it aired in Canada and was nominated for two Gemini Awards for "Best Writing" and "Best Performance" in a comedy special. Meanwhile, the Showtime version of "MY HOUSE! MY RULES!" was nominated for two Ace Awards --"Best Comedy Special" and "Best Writing in a Comedy Special". His third Showtime special, "HAPPY AS I CAN BE", was originally slated as a half-hour show, but when executives screened the footage they immediately expanded it to an hour. "Happy As I Can Be" in its one hour format also achieved a number 1 rating when it aired in prime time in Canada on the CBC. He is fast, funny and probably the best veteran of the North American funnyman circuit. In addition to his successful and well received live performances all over North America, Mike MacDonald has appeared in such TV shows as The Late Show with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall Show. As the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald learned at an early age that humor would make him popular.

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