After leaving a paper mill job in his home state of Mississippi, Mack Dryden earned an MFA in Creative Writing, a black belt in tae kwon do, and two AP newspaper reporting awards before finding his true passion as a professional comedian, actor and speaker.
His talent and perseverance took him to Hollywood, where he landed writing jobs on network shows, numerous movie and TV appearances on such series as JAG, The Guardian, and Saved by the Bell. He appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, As a writer, he's won a prestigious fiction-writing contest, and was handpicked by Bill Maher for the writing staff of ABC'S Politically Incorrect.
He is the poster boy for overcoming obstacles, having managed to survive the sharks of showbiz, a terrifying stay in an African prison, and battles with two different types of cancer. He has brought his unique brand of Motivation, Inspiration and Jubilation to all 50 states, five continents, and a dozen countries including China, Mexico, the U.K., and Canada. After a 30-year career in L.A., he and his final wife have happily settled in the quaint river town of Louisville, KY.
- Laugh to the Top: A Hilarious Guide to Achieving Your Goals
- Cancer Survival Celebration Specialist
- The Perfect Host/Emcee/Award Show Emcee
- Fall-Down Funny Standup Comedy
- Ode to Forgetfulness
Humor, Change, Emcee, Stress, Goal-setting, Entertainment
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“Mack spoke to…500 cancer survivors and their caregivers…and was an excellent fit for our audience…entertaining, knowledgeable, (with) an important message, using laughter as an inspiration. I would highly recommend Mack!” - Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
“You played a significant role in the conference’s success (and) deserve a big share of the ‘rave reviews’ we’ve received. You are a powerful, highly motivated and motivating speaker…and there are 150 others whose words I’m just echoing. Your willingness to participate in team-building events were another source of the spirit we created that continues to reverberate throughout our organization.” — International Paper Co.
“You helped us address a very serious subject in a fun and enjoyable manner…I have heard nothing but rave reviews …I hope we can work with you in the future…” - Pfizer
“Mack presented a wonderful, thought-out and prepared message…some of his funniest and best received comments were from the information we provided him… we couldn’t be happier.” - Arizona Dental Association