Growing up in the Toronto area, Shannon was bitten by
the show biz bug in kindergarten when she had to perform
a rain dance wearing a medicine man mask for the Grade
4 class next door - unfortunately there were no eyes
cut out of the mask and she did a face plant in the
but that wasn't going to stop her - she
was hooked! Shannon continued in theatre and trained
with the fabled Second City comedy troupe before branching
out into television, film and voice work. Shannon is
a performer, writer, and producer who devotes herself
to helping others see and appreciate the funnier side
Shannon's writing debut, the dark comedy "Ring,"
about working in a phone sex office, met with critical
acclaim: "The simple set, lighting and minimal
music mean that the play relies on its strong dialogue
for effect. The performances in this ensemble cast are
gutsy. 'Ring' even manages to give the finger to both
the politically correct and the Progressively Conservative
at the same time." (eye Weekly)
Her other plays, "Talking To Mom in Colour"
and "Southern Belle" were audience
favorites at The New Ideas Festival at Toronto's Alumnae
Theatre. Shannon made her directorial debut with and
acted the lead role in "Every Night's Hot At
The Va Va Voom," a brash and sassy musical
about lesbian love in a 1940's New Jersey burlesque
house. "Co-written with David Jagger, McDonough's
'Va Va Voom!' scores high on skin, sass and spunk. Forget
little girls - thank heaven for big, beautiful women!"
Shannon has also been seen on stage in "Fruit
Cocktail", "Jonesing," "Talking
to Mom in Colour," "Tony 'n Tina's
Wedding," and recently, "Criminal Hearts."
"McDonough...is alternately tough, sympathetic,
spirited and demanding. She's also good near the play's
end, at showing us the distrustful Bo's own pain and
numbed anger." (Now Magazine)
She's done countless radio & television commercials
from "Lava Cakes" to "Meow
Mix," and it's her sultry voice now announcing
the latest erotic films on Bell Expressvu's "Venus
Channel". Shannon's film credits include "Mat
Leave" and "Detour" and she's
a familiar face to the LGBT people across Canada as
one of OUTtv's popular "Gay Jays,"
hosting events and touring with "Bump!"
"Host Shannon McDonough is a real find, one
of those rare people who actually looks happy on camera."
For more about Shannon, visit www.shannonmcdonough.net.