Mike MacDonald Tribute & Comedy Show Fundraiser – Tuesday October 23rd
Doors at 7:00pm, event from 8:00pm – 10:00pm
General admission tickets are $30 tax included.
Seating is first come first served.
The ‘Mike MacDonald Tribute & Comedy Show Fundraiser’ is a night of comedy to honour and celebrate Mike MacDonald. The show features his comedian friends, and is in support of a cause he cared for deeply, providing financial assistance to transplant recipients.
In March of 2013, Mike and his wife Bonnie were fortunate to have a GoFundMe page started by a fan as well as many comic-led fundraisers on their behalf. These efforts covered the costs of their post-transplant three-month stay in Toronto, which was required by the transplant team. Mike and Bonnie were deeply grateful.
This show is an effort to pay that kindness forward by donating all proceeds after expenses to the Transplant Patient and Family Support Fund through Ottawa Donors, a local charity begun by Jenn Bruno, a living donor, and Filomena Pasqua.
Tickets are available via eventbrite, and at the following locations:
Compact Music – 206 Bank Street
Compact Music – 785.5 Bank Street
The Mayfair Theatre – 1074 Bank Street
The Brookfield Restaurant – 704 Brookfield Road
About the Show line-up:
The headliner of this show is Ritch Shydner, a Los Angeles based stand-up comedian and close friend of Mike. He has performed all across North America and is a comic writer who has written for Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy, and Jay Leno. He authored ‘Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-Up in the 1980’s Comedy Boom’ as well as produced and performed in the award winning documentary ‘I Am Comic’.
M.C. Simon Rakoff has performed stand-up since 1978, and is widely regarded as one of Canada’s top comedy acts. A veteran who performs with the enthusiasm of a newcomer, Simon has appeared at Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Halifax Comedy Festival, and many others, and was featured in the award-winning documentary ‘When Jews Were Funny’.
Multilingual Martha Chavez can truly say she is an international talent. She performs all across Canada, including at Just For Laughs and all other major Canadian comedy festivals, in countries such as Mexico, Central America, Unites States, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Israel, and on her own special for CTV and The Comedy Network called ‘There’s Something About Martha’. Martha also wrote and performed a one-woman show called ‘In Times of Trouble’.
Before comedy, Mark Hatfield, winner of Yuk Yuks Winter Comedy Competition, earned a spot with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and later the Houston Oilers, before playing for the CFL’s B.C. Lions. He created and starred in ‘The Retired CFL Guy’, and has frequently been a guest on TSN’s ‘Off the Record with Michael Landsberg’. Mark also founded Hatfield’s Athletic Development Centre, is a professional firefighter in Ottawa, and attacks stand-up comedy with the same enthusiasm as every other endeavour in his life.
Nick Burden has been touring across Canada since 2014; his small town demeanor and charm make him a favorite everywhere he performs. He has been featured on the Hubcap Comedy Festival and is the winner of the first annual Mike MacDonald Summer Comedy Competition held a Yuk Yuk’s.
* This screening is a rental, normal Mayfair admission prices do not apply