Mike MacDonald 1955 – 2018

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… Read on



Sunnyside: a fine madness on the wrong channel

A few days after I razzed Rogers to make a call on Sunnyside, they did. The show, as expected, was officially cancelled. The sketch-uational comedy, shot for all the right tax reasons in Winnipeg, pleased fans dying to see some of Canada’s best comedy performers romp through a half-hour of unbridled madness. Here was a… Read on


Norm Macdonald sticks to the Sunnyside on City

When I spoke with Norm Macdonald this summer in Montreal at the Just for Laughs comedy festival, he was quite happy to talk about Sunnyside. The all-Canadian comedy returns Sunday at 8 p.m. on City with the first of several brand new episodes. Shot in Winnipeg and co-created by Dan Redican and Gary Pearson, Sunnyside, like… Read on


Horsing around on the set of Sunnyside

Don’t blink or you’ll miss me tonight (Thursday) on Sunnyside (8 p.m. on City). That’s me in the grey suit hailing a cab. The creators and executive producers of Sunnyside, Dan Redican and Gary Pearson, invited me to the set in Winnipeg last fall. I’ve known Dan since forever; we both went to the same… Read on



Bask in Sunnyside, coming Thursday to City

Back in late September, when I was in Winnipeg visiting the set of Sunnyside, the moon fell out of the sky. That’s what the scene called for at least. A bunch of us were outside, late at night, in the dark. Actors and crew were gathered in the street and there was a great deal of commotion… Read on


The Sunnyside of the Canadian comedy scene

WINNIPEG, Man.–It’s been great seeing the Sunnyside on Manitoba. The weather was spectacular Friday on location with the cast and crew of Sunnyside, a promising new sketch comedy series coming to City early in the new year. My old pal Dan Redican–who had the comedy chops as far back as I can remember when we… Read on