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MONTREAL — Want to make a comedian cry? Give him an award. That seemed to be the case over the weekend at the 36th annual Just for Laughs comedy festival. The industries top comedians were celebrated by their peers in an event that isn’t streamed or televised and — as with the TCA Awards coming

Comedian Mike MacDonald’s death at 62 on March 17 wasn’t totally unexpected. He suffered from serious health problems in recent years, at one point requiring a liver transplant. Still, his passing was decades premature and jolting for me personally because it stirred memories of shared comedy club stages way back in the day. I had the good fortune to catch