- Mack Dryden
Mack Leon Dryden (born
June 30, 1949) is an American comedian, motivational speaker, actor, illustrator, and writer.
Dryden was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi at Jackson County Hospital, which is also where famous singer
Jimmy Buffettwas born. His parents are Neva and Herbert Dryden. He has two younger brothers, Tim (a youth pastor in Jackson, Mississippi) and Daryl (an attorney in Ocean Springs, Mississippi). His dad worked as an accountant at International Paperin Moss Point, Mississippi. Dryden himself also worked summers in the mill at the same company, for five years.
Dryden graduated from Moss Point High School in
He earned his
Bachelor of Artsdegree in journalismand English in 1971at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where he also earned a black belt in taekwondo. He was very active on the karate tournament circuit while at Ole Miss and won numerous trophies in sparring and kata(form) competitions. He was the Brown Belt champion of Mississippi when he was 20 years old.Who|date=March 2008
Additionally while a senior at Ole Miss, a short story he wrote won First Place for Fiction in the Mississippi Arts Festival, which led to an offer to study creative writing at the
University of Southern Mississippi(USM). He won a fellowship to the Center for Writers at USM where he earned his Master of Arts degree in 1972.
Dryden worked at
Ingalls Shipbuildingin Pascagoula for awhile after receiving his Master of Arts degree at USM. He saved money and left for Europe with a backpack and $1,000 in May 1973. He stayed for 15 months, crisscrossing the continent, living in a van, making his living in various ways, including picking grapes in Franceand writing for a newspaper in the town of Rota, Spain where a United States Navybase is located. He then went to Moroccowhere he would buy beads, bring them back to Europe and made a good living selling hippie jewelry in campgrounds from Paris, France to London, England to Barcelona, Spain. On one of his three buying trips to Morocco, he got into a ferocious fistfight with a man who was trying to rob him and spent some time in a prison before things got sorted out.Who|date=March 2008
Dryden wrote a book, "Fluffing The Concrete: Making The Most Of Foreign Prison-or Anything Else", accounting his time in the
muslim-based North African country of Morocco, his arrest there and his time in the prison.
When he returned to Mississippi after his time in Europe, he was hired as a general assignment reporter for the "South Mississippi Sun", a new daily newspaper serving Biloxi/
Gulfport, Mississippi, which eventually merged with "The Daily Herald" to become The Sun Herald. In his nearly three years there, he won two Mississippi/ Louisiana Associated Presswriting awards, one for Spot News and one for Investigative Reporting about school board members leasing school lands for pennies.
When journalism failed to satisfy his creative urges, he moved to
Key West, Floridaand eked out a living as a freelancer, drawing advertising cartoons, writing stories for a local magazine, and contributing most of the art and copy for the first comprehensive guide to the island, a book titled "Key West: The Last Resort".
In Key West, he met and teamed up with a local comedian and disc jockey,
Jamie Alcroft, to form the comedy duo Mack & Jamie, which has been performing together professionally since 1980 and is still one of the most popular American acts for corporate events and cruise ships.Fact|date=March 2008
After working comedy clubs for less than three years, Mack & Jamie first appeared on "
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1983. They performed several times on the show when it was hosted by Johnny Carsonbut they have also performed several times on " The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" making them the only comedy team to appear on the show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.
The two starred in 125 episodes of their own syndicated TV show, "Comedy Break with Mack & Jamie" that ran from
1985to 1986, as well as on many other comedy and variety shows.
After their show "Comedy Break with Mack & Jamie", Dryden and Alcroft went on to write and star in their live stage show "Two For All", which garnered outstanding reviews from Backstage West and the
Los Angeles Timeswhich awarded them their "Critics Choice, Four Star Rating" for the entire run of the live show.Fact|date=March 2008
Dryden played "Fred", a bumbling FBI agent in the
1987film " Million Dollar Mystery", which still airs often on HBOand other cable networks.
Dryden played bartender "Scotty McBride" on the ABC western series "Paradise", starring
Lee Horsley, which was also broadcast in syndication by The Family Channel for a couple years following its cancellation in 1991on CBS.
He has appeared in guest-starring roles on TV series ranging from "
JAG" to " Saved by the Bell". He had a supporting role in "Landers", a feature-film thriller, playing the character "Jim McKenzie". He also appeared in "Simpatico" with Nick Nolte. He played "Judge Franklin" in two episodes of ABC's "The Guardian" television series and "Judge Brassard" in another episode of the same show.
Dryden has written and voiced comedy sketches for
Premiere Radio Networks, which sends his work to more than 500 stations nationwide every week.
Dryden is a former staff writer for
Bill Maher's television show, "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher". [ [http://www.bigspeak.com/mack-dryden.html BigSpeak] ]
Dryden is a motivational speaker. His clients include companies and organizations such as
Pfizer, Nortel, Kodak, Smoothie King, Air Force Sergeants Association, National Association of Broadcasters, and Pitney Bowes.Fact|date=March 2008
Dryden lives in
Los Angeles, Californiawith his wife and three children.
* [http://www.mackdryden.com/ Official web site]
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