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Topics: Motivational, Inspirational, Comedy, Cancer Survival

Area: Louisville, KY; National, International

Titles: Master Motivator, Corporate Comedian, Two-Time Cancer Survivor


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Master motivator, corporate comedian, award-winning writer, and two-time cancer survivor demonstrates that you can laugh ‘til you hurt while learning to overcome obstacles and achieve your cherished goals.

Do you find yourself thinking, “One day, I’m going to…” but that day never comes? Do you repeatedly postpone the pursuit of your dreams because life always intervenes? Get an uplifting, energizing dose of motivation and belly laughs from America’s funniest speaker, actor, and award-winning writer Mack Dryden. With credits that include The Tonight Show and staff writer on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Mack promises his audiences that “You’ll laugh while you learn how to overcome the obstacles that keep you from achieving your dreams.” Prepare to be amazed, awed, and even horrified by the formidable—often frightening—obstacles Mack overcame to reach his own goals, never losing his positive attitude and sparkling sense of humor.

From working in a Mississippi paper mill to performing in movies and dozens of TV shows, Mack is “the only motivational speaker/comedian to survive a terrifying stay in an African prison, one near-fatal marriage, two bouts with cancer, and numerous encounters with the sharks of show biz who stab you in the front.”

Mack’s audiences will receive his time-tested 7-Step Goal-Achieving Guide that provides simple techniques for eliminating stress, setting and achieving realistic goals, and overcoming fear and anxiety when venturing into unknown territory while maintaining your love of laughter throughout.

You’ll leave Mack’s entertaining presentation inspired by his humor and optimism to move from “procrastinating” to “proactive,” and with the confidence to excel in the face of daunting obstacles.


“I’ve gotten standing ovations from groups that fall into every imaginable category, from forklift manufacturers to financial experts to ICU nurses to soybean farmers. My message is universal,” says Mack.

  • Corporations, business groups, non-profits
  • Executive managers, sales reps, team leaders, HR professionals
  • Baby Boomers, Millennials, retirees
  • Community organizations
  • Parents, educators
  • Business and civic groups
  • Entrepreneurs, small offices
  • Tech/electronics specialists and hobbyists
  • Travel companies
  • Hospitality organizations
  • Political and historical groups/associations
  • Women’s groups, career women
  • Churches, synagogues, religious, Christian groups
  • Entertainment venues
  • Restaurants/Restaurant Associations
  • Realtors/real estate associations
  • Health care groups, hospitals, medical offices
  • Nursing programs, medical centers
  • Health spas, fitness centers
  • Realtors, real estate associations, property owners
  • Caretakers, healers, health workers, cancer survivors
  • Therapists, psychologists, counselors and coaches


Presented as keynotes, breakouts, seminars, or workshops, and Mack’s “Speak Effectively” training. Mack Dryden is also available as a panel guest or moderator.

Upcoming event? Mack is the perfect host
When your awards show, general session, or other corporate event needs a seasoned professional to guarantee the occasion is light, lively, and relevant, Mack is the right choice. He keeps the audience engaged, entertained, and laughing all the way through.

Laugh to the Top: A Hilarious Guide to Achieving Your Goals
Customized for your audience.

In his uniquely humorous and engaging style, Mack will infuse his audience with all the laughs and motivation they need to re-invigorate their lives, bounce back from defeat (“Falling on your face is still moving forward!”), and reach their personal and professional goals. Using his practical 7-step Formula as a guide, his audience laughs while learning to master techniques for reducing stress, staying positive, and setting and achieving goals against all odds.

Besides receiving the health benefits of laughing for a solid hour, you will leave Mack’s presentation with a smile on your face and a copy of his 7-Step Goal-Achieving Guide in the palm of your hand.

Fall-Down Funny Standup Comedy
Customized for your audience.

Laughter for its own sake! Mack’s relaxed stage presence, years of experience, and rib-busting, clean comedy ensures his audience an hour of sheer unadulterated hilarity.

Speak Effectively—and Learn Humor Secrets from a Pro

Whether it’s for a handful of managers or a class of 200, attendees will improve their platform skills dramatically after an eye-opening one to three hours in the hands of one of the smoothest and most experienced communicators in the business.

Mack’s interactive seminar is as effective as it is light and entertaining, and you’ll learn that your ‘communication obstacles’ can be overcome and your goals can be reached.

Celebrating Cancer Survival: Live Happy, Laugh Loud

The funniest two-time cancer survivor in the country taps into his uniquely warm, family-friendly style to inspire and motivate with hilarious stories of each of his personal ordeals. Cancer survivors and caregivers howl with laughter and leave thoroughly entertained and re-energized to pursue new goals while lending their support to victims of this cruel disease.


World-class comedian and motivational speaker Mack Dryden has appeared in several feature films and on hundreds of TV shows, including The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He was also handpicked by Bill Maher for the writing staff of ABC’s Politically Incorrect. Mack’s “credits” also include: surviving a terrifying stay in an African prison, one near-fatal marriage, and numerous encounters with the sharks of showbiz, who, according to Mack, “stab you in the front.

Mack earned a B.A. in English and Journalism at the University of Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. He’s won two Associated Press Writing Awards for Investigative Reporting and Spot News, a Clio for a commercial, and First Place in the Mississippi Arts Festival for Fiction. For two seasons (125 half-hour episodes), he co-hosted the syndicated TV show, Comedy Break with Mack & Jamie, and was a series regular for two seasons on CBS’s Paradise. Mack published Fluffing the Concrete: Making the Most of Foreign Prison—or Anything Else, a memoir of his stay in an African prison; and Does This Book Make My Head Look Fat?, a collection of his funniest columns, cartoons, and radio and TV scripts. A black belt in tae kwon do karate, Mack won numerous competitions across the South during his college days.

Instead of brooding about his setbacks and health scares, Mack delights in sharing his goal-achieving secrets with hilarious, life-affirming stories about the challenges he’s overcome in order to reach his goals. Audiences worldwide appreciate the wit and wisdom of his universal message.

What people are saying…

“Mack Dryden is a consummate professional and a very funny guy, but, most important of all, one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. His tailored presentation for the Million Dollar Round Table Annual Meeting in Toronto had 9,000 attendees from over 70 countries literally crying with laughter. Only genius makes that happen! I would recommend Mack to any event organizer in a heartbeat. He’s brilliant!”
—Sandro Forte, MDRT Main Platform Chair

“‘Awesome! Great way to end the day!!’ ‘Inspiring!!’ ‘My favorite speaker!!’ Typical comments on our evaluation forms. We don’t have an official ranking for the number of exclamation points included with customer comments, but if we did, Mack would be the hands-down winner in the 14-year history of our event.”
—Sandra C. Williams, Director of Dealer Training and Development, S.P. Richards Company

“Mack was a BIG hit… one of the funniest guys ever… and had everyone rolling in the aisles. All our associates said many positive things about his performance! We will use Mack (and your bureau) for future meetings.”—Harold Chapman; President, Bonitz Flooring Group, Inc.

“Your speech was an overwhelming success, and guests certainly appreciated your motivating and inspiring them, as evidenced by the standing ovation! A special ‘Thank you’ for being flexible so we could stay within our budget and for adding two presentations to hospital staff earlier in the day! I certainly hope to have the pleasure of working with you again.”
—Patti Bell, Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin


Books by Mack Dryden…

NEW! The Fast Track to Professional Speaking
Does This Book Make My Head Look Fat?
Fluffing the Concrete: Making the Most of Foreign Prison—or Anything Else

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