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Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh, actor, writer, producer, TV host, and director, began her career in local theatre with childhood friend Cathy Jones. Together they began the comedy troupe CODCO, a weekly comedy satire that aired on CBC television from 1986 to 1992.

In 1994, Walsh created This Hour Has 22 Minutes with Michael Donovan of Salter Street Films. During the show's years on CBC television, she may have become best known for her character Marg Delahunty, Warrior Princess who swooped down on well-known Canadian politicians, making jokes at their expense and amazing the viewing public at what she could get away with on Parliament Hill.

In 2001, she was awarded the Order of Canada for lifetime achievement in the entertainment industry. As a writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, she has received Canadian Comedy awards, Gemini Awards, accolades from the Writers Guild of Canada, and the 2016 Alterna Savings Cracking-up the Capital Comedy Icon Award.

Walsh is a spokesperson for the Bell Let's Talk campaign for mental health and an Honorary Chair of Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival.