Mike MacDonald, Dead at 63

Mike MacDonaldMike MacDonald was 63. He was the stand-up comic who starred in Mr. Nice Guy and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show.

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Jody Thornton

Yet to see any single news source confirming it, but still sad news - only Wikipedia acknowledges his death.

March 17, 2018 @ 10:04 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I remember Mike being interviewed on H&F when he was trying to go fund me his medical treatment, several years ago.
Loved his comedy stylings, RIP.

March 17, 2018 @ 10:09 PM

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@Jody Thornton

Lots of verified people who would know have been tweeting about it, from the official Just for Laughs account to Brent Butt.

Mike MacDonald has passed away. I can't wrap my head around it. Part of me wants to yell IT'S NOT TRUE!!! The rest of me is numb. Spent so many nights (late80s/early90s) into the morning, playing cards & laughing ourselves sick. And fighting. Then laughing more.

— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) March 17, 2018
March 17, 2018 @ 10:22 PM

Jody Thornton

Oh I believed it. I was just surprised that Google didn't bring anything up.

March 17, 2018 @ 11:45 PM


One of my favourites.
We saw him many times at JFL in Montreal- usually on the Thursday night Gala. Very often he was the best on stage that night.
If I’m not mistaken, he holds the record for most appearances at JFL and before his illness, certainly the most consecutive appearances.
Five years ago we saw him at a club in Whitby, while fighting his illness. It was very emotional.
I’ll never forget ‘Mr. Beta Man’.

March 18, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Larry Horowitz

Ran in to Mike in Ottawa before he started stand-up. I was there doing three nights at Hiccups. He came back to the Lord Elgin Hotel and we stayed up all night. I remember thinking what a crazy guy he was and how quick was his mind. A few weeks later he came to Toronto and stayed in the apartment I shared with Tony Molesworth. Before long he was burning up the stage at Yuk Yuk's Yorkville. Mike and I did our first cross-country tour together and it remains the most memorable three weeks of my life. I have not met a funnier man.

March 18, 2018 @ 7:58 PM


FYI: His show Mosquito Lake on CBC back in 1990 was such an enormous failure that for a long time
the network tended to avoid the format. Reading the description on Wikipedia, it almost sounds like a test run for the far more successful Schitts' Creek, except that it wasn't funny!! R.I.P.

March 19, 2018 @ 11:57 AM


Sad news. In an interview last year, Mike admitted that the Canadian health care system extended his life. His liver transplant was performed in a Toronto hospital. He admitted he would never have been able to afford the cost of the procedure in the United States.

March 19, 2018 @ 4:49 PM

Gary M

I think it was just one Letterman appearance. Late Night on NBC, not Late Show on CBS. TV wasn't Mike's best medium, he was very much a live phenomenon.

March 19, 2018 @ 11:34 PM


Mike was a hilarious guy. No gimmicks, just honest to goodness hilarity. R.i.p.

March 21, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

Gary M

Chuck, that is such a huge point that not enough are talking about. The private health care fans love to talk about Canadians going south of the border for operations. But they never talk about those who sprint in the other direction.

March 21, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

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