In 1990 Donovan formed The Atomic Improv Co., and created North America’s first two-man improv show. The act soon became a crowd favorite, playing to sell-out audiences across Canada, and in 1992 and 1993 was voted the number one comedy and variety act in the nation by the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities. Donovan’s two-man improv show also become the first non-musical act to be nominated as Entertainer of the Year. In 1994 Atomic Improv won the prestigious Just For Laughs Improv Festival, earning Donovan and his partner a spot on the main stage including a featured performance on the Just For Laughs television show.
In 1996 Atomic Improv won the World Improv Championships in Los Angeles, competing against the likes of Brad Sherwood and Wayne Brady, both from ABC TV’s Whose Line Is It? Anyway.
Donovan’s improv skills translated well into several acting roles, including a principal role in the Patrick Swayze, Tim Curry movie Christmas in Wonderland. As well Dave Thomas wrote him into his feature film Intern Academy. Donovan has also been featured in numerous national print television and radio ad campaigns including Lottery 6/49, CIBC, Pizza 73 and in Canada’s largest furniture retailer The Brick’s most successful ad campaign. Donovan has been recognized with numerous Alberta Motion Picture Awards for his performances through the years, including a Best Actor award for his role in the CTV Movie of the Week End of Innocence.
Additional television credits include writer and host of the 13 x half-hour series for the NHL Network called Fan Face-Off, head writer for Season Four of the award-winning documentary series Taking It Off for LIFE Network and as a lead voice in CBC TV’s animated series ICE. Starting in September Donovan can be heard weekly in the national sketch comedy series The Irrelevant Show on CBC radio.
Throughout his 20-year career in comedy, Donovan has had the honour of performing alongside such Canadian comedy greats as Joe Flaherty and Colin Mocherie and with the brilliant Mike Myers, with whom he created a fundraising video the Royal Alexandria Hospital Foundation. Donovan continues to sharpen his improv skills performing comedy shows nationally and internationally with The Atomic Improv Co.