Mike MacDonald on TV remote-controls, 2006 (youtube)
He's given us nothing but laughs for thirty years and now it's our chance to say "thank-you" to Canadian comic icon Mike MacDonald. Mike is suffering from hepatitis C and is in need of a liver transplant. So some of his Winnipeg friends are staging a benefit show to help Mike deal with medical and living expenses.
Big Daddy Tazz, Dean Jenkinson, Al Rae, Jason Beck and Bruce Clark present an evening of laughter and celebration of Mike MacDonald's career at Rumor's Comedy Club on Monday, July 9th.
SCENE asked fellow comic Bruce Clark to give us some more insight on this man of mirth:
When the Yuk Yuk's comedy club in the Osborne Village in Winnipeg opened in the late 1980's, Mike MacDonald was the first headliner to grace the stage. He did an unbelievable four hours of blisteringly funny standup -- an accomplishment that defied the very physics of comedy and, perhaps, ruptured a few bladders.
Mike was a legend among Canadian comics before I started doing standup. He was emceeing the Canadian Show at Just for Laughs in Montreal and after my set he complimented me on my "original" material. I felt like I had been knighted.