Comedian to share uplifting experiences on surviving cancer at free lecture

Mack Dryden

Mack Dryden, a two-time cancer survivor, creative writer, comedian and motivator, will present “Celebrate Cancer Survival: Live Happy, Laugh Loud,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dryden was born and educated in Mississippi and is a former newspaper reporter and illustrator. He’s been delighting audiences for years with his relaxed stage presence, hilarious material and uniquely engaging delivery. As a comedian he’s performed on dozens of TV shows, including “The Tonight Show” with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. As an actor he’s appeared in several movies and on many other TV shows, including “JAG” and a recurring role as a judge on ABC’s “The Guardian.” Dryden also worked as a staff writer for “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.”

Now he spends his time writing and traveling the country bringing his special brand of motivation, inspiration and jubilation to thousands each year. It hasn't been an easy road; but, as he says, "Falling on your face is still moving forward!"

He was diagnosed with testicular cancer and later, a malignant melanoma. He received radiation treatment for both and is now cancer-free. He said that living life and laughing often is a key to survival.

“Dryden’s positive message of ‘laughter as medicine’ is one that the Victoria community should hear,” said Lisa DeVries, Victoria College associate English professor and chair of the Lyceum Committee. “Humor is an effective way to respond to tragedy.”

Area cancer survivors are also invited to attend the lecture where they will be recognized and escorted to a special seating area. Dryden’s lecture coincides with National Cancer Control Month, Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and the Relay for Life of Victoria County on April 25-26.

The Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main Street in downtown Victoria.

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Published: Thursday, 09 April 2015

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