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Bette MacDonald is a Comedian, Actor, Writer and Gemini award winner who has been performing on television, radio and on stages across the country for more than 20 years. A premier Atlantic Canadian comedian, Bette has been compared to Carol Burnett, John Candy, and Bette Midler.
Experience: Bette MacDonald first captured the attention of large audiences through her eight years as a featured performer with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue. She has toured Eastern Canada several times with her own one-woman show to sold-out houses and critical raves. She has starred twice in Neptune Theatre productions and has appeared in as special guest with Symphony Nova Scotia.Bette starred as Canada’s most unsuitable Governor General in the six-part CBC series, Rideau Hall, which co-stars well-known Canadian actress Fiona Reid (King of Kensington, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Jonathan Torrens (Jonavision, Trailer Park Boys).
Bette’s one woman shows have introduced sold-out audiences to a host of characters led by future Prime Minister Mary Morrison. Bette co-hosted the 2002 ECMA awards show and appeared in January 2003 on CBC TV’s Great Canadian Music Dream. Bette made her first appearance in March at the popular CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival and is a featured performer at the 2003 Ha!ifax Comedy Fest. She starred in two national CBC TV series of The Bette Show which followed the series pilot Ashby Corner. As well, she has guested on popular TV shows, Open Book with Mary Walsh, Made in Canada, Lexx and had a featured role in the satirical series, Liography.
Bette collaborated with husband/comedian Maynard Morrison and musician Ralph Dillon in a side-splitting Christmas show Tis The Season, which toured the Maritimes in 2007. One critic said of the show: “absolutely brilliant” “people howled with laughter and took off their glasses to wipe tears from their eyes”. Bette MacDonald is currently sitting in as host of CBC’s Madly Off In All Directions while writing her new show tentatively titled, “Don’t Shoot The Messenger.
Performance Style: Bette’s large, loyal following is a testament to her ability to connect with people of virtually any age of background. Critics have referred to her impeccable timing her warmth and universal appeal and have called her a comic genius and one of Canada’s finest comedians.
Why hire Bette MacDonald? For most people, excelling in their field is no laughing matter… for Bette MacDonald it most certainly is. She takes her work very seriously, and while it may look easy, it takes a lot of hard work and preparation. Bette MacDonald is a popular choice for emcee and after-dinner entertainment at corporate events.
The Halifax’s Chronicle Herald called Bette “a superlative actress, a polished ad libber… making the audience howl with delight by a lift of her eyebrows, a shift of elbow or a single word” following her ground-breaking performance poking gentle fun at the lighter side of the classical world with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2006. The Halifax-Herald put it, To watch her is to be a deer caught in the headlights of comic talent. The Globe and Mail was perhaps more succinct when they referred to her simply as ‘A Star.’
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2012- 2013 – Mr. D (TV series) – Trudy Walsh
2003- 2004 The Halifax Comedy Festival (TV mini-series)
2004 – Winnipeg Comedy Festival (TV series)
2002 – Rideau Hall (TV series) – Regina Gallant
1998 – 2001 – Made in Canada (TV series)
2001 – Lexx (TV series)
2001 – Liocracy (TV series)
1999 – New Waterford Girl Fry Cook #2
1999 – The Bette Show (TV series) Various roles
1984 – The Bay Boy Nurse (as Betty MacDonald)
“Beautifully timed comedy, songs make for a rockin’ show Bette MacDonald is like a rock star.” – Tis the Season 6
Elissa Barnard Arts Reporter The Chronicle Herald
“Mr. D. is dopey, deadpan and quietly hilarious. Gerry Dee stars as a seriously under qualified but ambitious teacher stumbling through classes and school politics. It’s rare for a Canadian standup comedian to get a sitcom vehicle and in this instance, it works.” – Season 2 of CBC’s hit comedy, Mr. D.
Globe and Mail
“Bette MacDonald’s comedy is superior”
The Associated Press