Mack Dryden, a cancer survivor, creative writer, comedian and motivator, will tell his story at 7 p.m. tonight at the Leo J. Welder Center in downtown Victoria. Dryden was born and educated in Mississippi and is a former newspaper reporter and illustrator. He’s been delighting audiences for years with his relaxed stage presence, hilarious material and uniquely engaging delivery. As a comedian he’s performed on dozens of TV shows, including “The Tonight Show” with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. As an actor he’s appeared in several movies and on many other TV shows, including “JAG” and a recurring role as a judge on ABC’s “The Guardian.”

The former staff writer for “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and motivational speaker will share his stories of surviving two battles with cancer, a stay in an African prison, “sharks in showbiz who stab you in the front,” and one “near-fatal marriage.”

Admission is free.