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Ashley Krawchenko receives the trophy for winning the 2017 Yuk Yuks summer comedy competition—since renamed the Mike MacDonald summer comedy competition. Mike is on the left and Howard Wagman (owner of Yuk Yuks) is on the right.

Podcast: Yuk Yuk’s Summer Comedy Competition

By Apartment613 on July 22, 2018



Every summer, Yuk Yuks Ottawa holds a competition that brings talent from all around the country to see who’s the funniest person in town. This contest is open to professionals, pro-ams, full-timers, part-timers, hobbyists, newbies, and anyone else looking to stand in a room full of strangers and be judged on how funny they truly are.

This year, the contest has been re-named the Mike MacDonald Summer Comedy Competition (MMSCC) in honour of the very funny and legendary comedian. Mike passed away this year due to health complications and will be sorely missed in the comedy community and beyond. He brought laughter to so many people over the decades. Right up until the end, he was often seen at Yuk Yuks Ottawa watching and performing, as well as mentoring new or up and coming comics.

Mike passed away, but may not have lived passed 58, were it not for a life saving liver transplant. It gave him five more years to live, love, and laugh. He was always grateful for that time and an outspoken advocate of

L to R: Mitch Muirhead, Asim Baluch, Julien Mamazza, and Tommy Fitz.

At the MMSCC, there will be a table of volunteers from to provide information on the importance of becoming an organ and tissue donor. Below are just a few facts about donation:

  • 1,514 people in Ontario need life saving organ transplants.
  • One person needing a transplant dies every 3 days.
  • 8 people can be saved from one donor.
  • 75 people can be helped from one tissue donation.
  • 32% of Ontario residents are registered to donate. That’s 3.9 million out of an eligible 12.3 million.
  • 16,751 Ontarians have received life saving organ transplants since 2003. Mike was one.

It’s important to note that donor cards are no longer used in Ontario. You must register online to ensure that your wishes are directly noted on your Ontario Health Card.

If you want to see comics showcasing their best material on stage, and support a good cause, come down to Yuk Yuks Ottawa every Tuesday and Wednesday in July and August.

Tickets cost $6 including tax. Visit to reserve seats. Note: The basement club is not completely accessible. There is a flight of about 12 stairs to the venue.