Canadian comic Mike MacDonald dies at age 63, tributes pour in

Legendary Canadian stand-up Mike MacDonald died Saturday at age 63.

Best known for his performances on stage, MacDonald also appeared in Three Fugitives, The Funny Farm and Mr. Nice Guy, a Jackie Chan vehicle he helped write.

MacDonald made guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Just For Laughs.

MacDonald also hosted the Gemini Awards and the Canadian Comedy Awards.

MacDonald made guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Just For Laughs.

MacDonald also hosted the Gemini Awards and the Canadian Comedy Awards.

In a post on Facebook in 2012, MacDonald announced he had been diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2011. MacDonald’s post stated how the disease led to his kidneys shutting down.

The following March he would undergo a successful transplant.

The comedian was also bi-polar manic depressive, a condition which he says kept him from getting certain jobs and interfered with becoming a headlining comedian.

The Canadian comic was still active on the comedy scene, having appeared in several Ontario cities as recently as February.

Tributes to MacDonald flowed from comedians from both sides of the border.

I am pained to inform you that my friend and comedy mentor Mike MacDonald has passed away. Mike was a ferociously funny man. We shared so many good times. Thanks for taking me under your wing way back in the day. You were a great comic. You did your country proud. 🇨🇦

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