Medicated – A Cool Night of Comedy with Mike MacDonald
Hecklers Comedy Club
Tuesday, October 13th at 8PM
Mike MacDonald came to Victoria on October 13th for a sold-out night of comedy for a great cause. Mike has appeared on HBO, Showtime, the Comedy Network, and Late Night With David Letterman. He holds the record for 25 appearances on CBC’s Just For Laughs and has also starred in three critically acclaimed television specials, and his full talents were on display this Tuesday as he inspired support for a cause that is close to his heart.
Mike has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and hepatitis C, and in 2013 underwent a successful seven-hour liver transplant operation. Besides trying to entertain and educate audiences about the prevention of liver related illnesses he has also spoken out from personal experience about addiction, and the stigma attached to mental illness.
Melanie Rose, Mark Robertson and Paul Oppers also took the stage to support Cool Aid’s REES program and fill the room with laughter.
Melanie Rose has been performing since 2007, and in 2014 was featured on the APTN show She Kills Me. In addition to her standup comedy, Melanie is dedicated to working with mental health organizations to remove the stigma of mental illness. She works for a community housing and shelter society in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and has performed for Pacific Blue Cross, Correctional Services and numerous medical health professional associations.
Mark Robertson has been performing standup comedy for 7 years, currently producer as and host of his own weekly show, RATFISH.
Paul Oppers can be seen all over town performing comedy, music and theatre. He finds time around his busy performance schedule to work with the Victoria Cool Aid Society. Last august he performed at the 2014 Canadian Comedy Awards, and Paul Co-Produces a number of comedy shows in Victoria working hard to build a sense of community through collaboration and mutual respect within disenfranchised groups. Paul is grateful to be a part of such a worthwhile show and hopes to see you all there!
This very special event benefits the Victoria Cool Aid Society’s REES Program, supporting people struggling with mental health and addictions challenges. It was also a terrific night of entertainment for everyone.
Thank you so much Mike, Mark, Melanie, and Paul for this great event!