Canadian Comedy King to play Bancroft

7139_Hospice_NH_MacDonald_Poster_9x12_ONLINE (2)Mike MacDonald has been performing on stages across North America for more than 30 years and these days, he’s thrilled that he’s healthy enough to keep up with his busy schedule of shows and events.

Known for appearances on many TV shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Just For Laughs, he has also written and starred in three nominated and critically acclaimed CBC/Showtime specials of his own. He’s hosted both the Gemini Awards and the Just For Laughs 10th Anniversary Special for the CBC and starred in the CBC sitcom, Mosquito Lake.

MacDonald’s delivery is dry and his facial expressions are as great as his punchlines but in 2011, he stopped laughing when he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. His illness brought him back to Ottawa from California and in 2012, his illness had 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.  Thankfully, in 2013, MacDonald underwent a successful seven-hour liver transplant operation that left him with a renewed sense of just how important life really is. MacDonald has since become an advocate for the Canadian Liver Foundation and mental health.

He brings years of experience, lived and learned, to the stage at the Bancroft Village Playhouse for one night on January 26th and audience members are in for a real treat with a combination of new material and classic bits that he is loved for. He brings a comedic perspective to his struggles and audiences have loved every minute of it.

Mike MacDonald’s popularity continues to skyrocket both in the United States and Canada. He is fast, funny and has been called the best veteran of the North American funnyman circuit.

Tickets are on sale now for this licensed event at the Village Playhouse on Friday, January 26. The doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $25 and available at Harvest Moon, Posie’s, Vintage on Hastings, Hospice House and online at This show is part of the Village Playhouse’s Caring Through Culture on-going series of shows and events.