Mike MacDonald Corporate Comedian & Emcee
AFTER DINNER COMEDIAN
Mike MacDonald Bio
Mike MacDonald was born in Metz France. As the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald spent the first 15 years of his life on military bases throughout France, West Germany and Canada. When his father retired from the military, his family settled in Ottawa, where Mike attended Brookfield High School. It was there that he learned how to play the drums and began to hone his comedic skills by writing and acting in various plays and variety shows. After high school, MacDonald toured across Canada as one of two drummers in the band MapleRidge who were sponsored by the Canadian government to perform their rock opera entitled, The Life and Times of Louie Riel. When the tour ended MacDonald returned to Ottawa and for the next few years was subsequently fired from several 9-5 jobs for being too funny.
Finally, in 1978 at the age of 23, MacDonald tried his own brand of stand-up comedy at some of the local clubs before moving to Toronto to perform there on a regular basis. As his reputation grew, job offers did as well and Mike began performing throughout Canada and the States. As his fame grew, MacDonald appeared on numerous TV shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, and of course Just For Laughs. He also hosted both the Gemini Awards and the Just For Laughs 10th and 15th Anniversary Special for the CBC as well as writing and starring in three nominated and critically acclaimed CBC/Showtime specials of his own: Mike MacDonald; On Target; My House! My Rules; and Happy As I Can Be.
In 2011, MacDonald was diagnosed with hepatitis C, and moved back to Ottawa from Glendale CA. In April 2012, his illness progressed to the point where his liver and his kidneys shut down and he was immediately put on the waiting list for a liver transplant. Friends organized a campaign to collect donations to support MacDonald and to help cover his medical expenses. On March 17, 2013 MacDonald underwent a successful seven-hour liver transplant operation.
Besides trying to entertain and educate his audiences about the prevention of liver related illnesses he has also spoken out from personal experience about the stigma attached to mental illness as one of the faces of the Standup For Mental Health campaign. Right now family, especially his wife Bonnie, is central to his continued recovery and renewed sense of just how important life really is.