Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald is in Windsor this weekend (May 26 and 27) for three shows over two nights at The Comedy Quarry to celebrate the club’s fourth anniversary. He hits the stage on Friday at 9pm and Saturday at 8pm and 10:30pm.
MacDonald has been performing on stages across North America for more than 30 years and is considered by many as the King of Canadian Comedy.
At the age of 23, MacDonald tried stand-up in Ottawa 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 US. As his fame grew, MacDonald appeared on numerous TV shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, and 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.
Tickets are available for $15 at ComedyQuarry.com or call 226-346-0646.