Mac Duffy is a wildly entertaining Interactive Storyteller, Musical Improviser, and Comedic Emcee who can easily turn any event into an extraordinarily fun experience your guests will not soon forget!
Mac's specialty is taking his audience on an exciting journey that they help create. And he is equally adept at telling his original stories! There is the heart of a child in all of us, so Mac's performances are easily adaptable to either child or adult audiences, particularly those looking for a fun, unique and, most importantly, effective entertainer!
What to Expect
EYES UP! SING OUT! - For ages 18 & up
Mac Duffy’s musical improv troupe, Eyes Up! Sing Out!, creates never-before-seen hilarious musicals on the spot from audience suggestions, with funny scenes, great harmonies and rousing sing-alongs designed to give the whole audience a chance to be a part of the action! This show is perfect for college events, clubs, theater runs, birthdays, corporate events, retirement parties, theme parties** and more!
ADVENTURES WITH MAC DUFFY! - For ages 3 and up*
MUSICAL ADVENTURES WITH MAC DUFFY & FRIENDS! - For ages 3 and up*
Mac Duffy is a bit of a clown, a teller of tales, and just a big kid at heart! Whether it’s an audience of 2 or 2,000, Mac's interactive storytelling shows are lots of fun for everyone and perfect for birthdays, school assemblies, community events, theater runs, corporate events, theme parties** and more!
ADVENTURES WITH MAC DUFFY! is an interactive storytelling experience that will inspire your child's imagination and spark their creativity!
Mac takes his audience on a wonderful journey, creating a never-before-seen, super fun story based on audience suggestions with lots of opportunities for everyone to participate in the adventure! Audience members or guests may be called upon to make suggestions, play a character or two or work together to become something big, like a forest or the ocean!
ADVENTURES WITH MAC DUFFY & FRIENDS! is an interactive musical storytelling experience that will inspire your child's imagination, spark their creativity and energize their love of music!
Mac and his fellow performers create a never-before-seen, super fun musical based on audience suggestions with lots of opportunities for everyone to participate and sing along! Audience members or guests may be called upon to make suggestions, play a character or two, or work together to become something big, like a chorus, a forest or the ocean!
No matter the format, Mac is very adept at reading his audience, engaging them at the level they feel most comfortable and making sure everyone has a grand time!
* For younger audiences, Mac adds a fun intro on audience etiquette & safety.
** Mac will study your theme and be ready to incorporate that info into the show(s).
Mac Duffy has over 30 years of experience entertaining and inspiring people of all ages as Storyteller, emcee, comedian, musical improviser, props clown, puppeteer, teacher, and confidence coach. He has trained in improv and musical improv at UCB, Gotham City Improv and ACME Comedy; learned stand-up comedy techniques at the American Comedy Institute and The Laugh Factory; and studied acting with Penny Templeton, Dee Wallace and Shari Shaw.
Whether one-on-one or in front of a large audience, Mac is quick on his feet and readily adaptable to any situation, all the while maintaining a charmingly goofy boy-next-door quality that puts an audience at ease and inspires them to join in on the fun!
Additional Booking Notes
Although Mac can perform anywhere, the ideal situation allows him to mingle with the audience during the performance or presentation, as his audience is an integral part of what he does and it's more engaging and fun this way!
Whether performing in a theater or an open space, Mac simply needs a well-lit main performance area and a sufficiently lit audience area so that Mac can see the audience and members of the audience can see each other. Unless otherwise requested, no significant lighting cues are required.
Easy access to an electrical outlet is ideal for musical improv shows. Although acoustic instruments are available if an electrical outlet is not possible.
If the space is significantly big, Mac would need a sound system, preferably a wireless mic system.
Influences & Inspiration
Red Skelton, Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett, Jim Henson, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Wizard, Tim Conway, Robin Williams, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Landon, The Sherman Brothers (Disney composers), Abbott and Costello, Sam Johnides, Tony Gonzales
Easy access to an Electrical Outlet
Wireless Mic System (if the event is in a large venue)
Mac Duffy was the festival's Master of Ceremonies at our 12th annual IFFF Awards Ceremony. In short, it is the IFFF's single most important event of the year. The chosen MC is hopefully an actor who can truly think fast on his feet, is improvisational by nature, smart, cultured and very gracious of heart. Mac Duffy certainly fit the bill and then some. Mac's personality and showmanship kept the audience together and thoroughly entertained by his witty and sometimes appropriately pithy remarks. The IFFF Awards Ceremony was presented during the Super Bowl XLI broadcast. Mac rose to the occasion. Instead of ignoring or apologizing for the scheduling gaffe, Mac turned lemons into lemonade by keeping the audience up to date on the game's progress while not diminishing any of the importance or luster from the evening's award winners or talented presenters. Mac not only kept his balance, but he did so with panache. It came off as one of IFFF's best Awards Ceremonies ever. If an actor's skill lies in his understanding of an audience, I'd say Mac has the gift. I strongly suggest you consider working with Mac Duffy in your next creative film or stage event - Mac delivers.
"Mac Duffy reminds me of a younger Garrison Keillor. You're looking at his innocent face and listening to the casual tone and then something he says from left field makes you explode with laughter. Like all great storytellers, Duffy delivers surprise, surprise, surprise."
"Mac, On behalf of the Hirshberg Foundation, we want to thank you for your participation at the LA Cancer Challenge / Kids Can Cure event. You were an integral part of the success of the Kids Can Cure Expo and Fun Run. We appreciate your energy, passion, and talent as a storyteller, as well as the incredible way you manage to captivate 200 children and their parents. We hope you will work with us again in years to come."