Comedian Mike MacDonald, considered on of the top funnymen in all of Canada and a featured headliner in clubs throughout the US, understands the power of laughter.
As the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald learned at an early age that humor would make him popular.
"I guess Im one of the few Air Force brats who found out that comedy was an easy way to make friends quickly," say MacDonald. "Since we moved often, I had to find ways of breaking into a new gang of kids."
Born in Metz, France, MacDonald spent the first fifteen years of his life on military bases throughout France, West Germany and Canada.
When his father retired from the military, the family settled in Ottawa where MacDonald attended high school. It was there that he began to get a serious interest theater and performing. "I used to perform in all the school show and then play music with my friends."
After high school, MacDonald an accomplished drummer, toured the country with a rock group sponsored by the Canadian government. When the tour ended, he returned to Ottawa and spent the next few years in various jobs including drive-in restaurant employee, ballroom dance instructor, and teachers aide for mentally retarded children.
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 comedy.
"They were mostly folk music clubs," says Mike. "You can imagine how shocked the audience was when I went on stage. It was totally unexpected and often unwanted."
But persistence kept him going. MacDonald moved to Toronto and began to perform throughout the city on a regular bases. 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 US. In addition to his successful and well received live performances all over North America, Mike has appeared on numerous television shows including, "Late Night With David Letterman," "The Arsenio Hall Show," HBOs "7th Annual Young Comedians Special," Showtimes "Comedy Club All-Star Show," "Just For Laughs", "A&Es Evening at the Improv" and Comedy Centrals "The A List."
In addition to his frequent television appearances, Mike was also featured in the Touchstone theatrical release "Three Fugitives" with Nick Nolte and Martin Short. Mike has also hosted a series of home videos for Dodge entitled "Dodge Comedy Showcase."
Mikes popularity in his native Canada has continued to skyrocket. He has hosted both the Gemini Awards (the Canadian version of the Emmy Awards) and the "Just For Laughs 10th Anniversary Special" for the CBC and even went on to star in a sitcom for that network called "Mosquito Lake."
MacDonald has starred in two well received and critically acclaimed specials for the CBC in Canada and for Showtime in the US. 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 and easily won its time slot.
This success led to Mikes 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.
When not working, Mike lives in Los Angeles with his wife Bonnie.