Mike MacDonald & Friends – WestboroFUSE Comedy Café at Canadian Legion.
On Friday, June 10 | Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 8:00pm
Hosted by: Rick Currie.
Presented in association with Yuk Yuks. Proceeds benefit the Westboro Legion and Soldier On
We will charge the street with laughter – all for a good cause. Join us at the Westboro Legion and help us raise some funds for the Westboro Legion and Soldier On, providing resources for mental and physical recovery for those serving. Mike MacDonald is one of Canada’s most celebrated comedians, performing across Canada and the United States and appearing on numerous shows including Late Night with David Letterman, the Arsenio Hall Show and of course, Just for Laughs.
Mike’s Friends include: Jen Labelle, Michael Friedman and Wafik Nasralla
About Mike MacDonald
As the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald spent the first 15 years of his life on military bases in Western Europe and Canada. When his father retired from the military, his family settled in Ottawa. In 1978, at the age of 23, MacDonald tried his own brand of standup comedy at some of the local clubs before moving to Toronto, and eventually was 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 has also written and starred in three 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 15, 2013 MacDonald underwent a successful seven hour liver transplant operation. Right now family, especially his wife Bonnie, is central to his continued recovery and renewed sense of just how important life really is.
About Rick Currie
Rick Currie is a veteran of the Canadian comedy scene. He first took to the standup stage in 1989 and has been working steadily ever since, leaving audiences thrilled with his whimsical yet laid back style. Throughout the 90’s he was a touring headliner with Yuk Yuks; performing at clubs, schools and private shows across Canada as well as taking his act to Europe, New York and LA.
In this millennium, he has been more behind the scenes as a television writer. He wrote 5 seasons of CTV’s “Open Mike with Mike Bullard” and is currently a member of the writing team for CBC’s “The Rick Mercer Report” where he won 2013 & 2015 Canadian Screen Awards for “Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series”. He also wrote for the well-received 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
He has kept his stand up going as well, popping up in clubs here and there and recording broadcasts for the Winnipeg and Halifax comedy festivals as well as being a member of the board for Ottawa’s Cracking up the Capital comedy festival. He also has recorded multiple programs for CBC Radio’s “The Debaters” and “Laugh Out Loud”.