Royal Canadian Air Farce

CBC (ended 2008)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 16 : Ep 361

    December 5, 2008

    Aired 12/5/08

  • S 16 : Ep 360

    November 28, 2008

    Aired 11/28/08

  • S 16 : Ep 359

    November 21, 2008

    Aired 11/21/08

  • S 16 : Ep 358

    November 14, 2008

    Aired 11/14/08

  • S 16 : Ep 357

    November 7, 2008

    Aired 11/7/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Luba Goy

    Sandie Rinaldo, Wendy Mesley, Elizabeth Taylor, Brenda the Bingo Lady, The Cheese Lady, Adrienne Clarkson, Others

  • Craig Lauzon

    Stephen Harper; Lakota Guy; George Strombolopolous; Don Cherry; The Dumb NHL Player; Others (2004- )

  • John Morgan

    Mike from Canmore; Deborah Gray; One Fat Lady; Jock McBile; Prof. Luellen Aphazard; The Prophet on the Mount, Others (1993-2001)

  • Don Ferguson

    Paul Martin; Rex Murphy; Lloyd Robertson; Confused Philosopher; Ron MacLean; Ebb; Dalton McGuinty; Others

  • Jessica Holmes (I)

    Michael Jackson; Kalan Porter; Terry Leibel; Celine Dion; Belinda Stronach; Britney Spears; Sister Bessie; others (2003- )

  • show Description
  • Royal Canadian Air Farce was a comedy troupe consisting of performers Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, John Morgan (Rest In Peace), Jessica Holmes, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park and writers Gord Holtam and Rick Olsen. This television series was shown every week on CBC Television where the viewers would hear Air Farce's unique and hilarious blend of topical humor aimed at our country's (and the world's) most newsworthy people and events.Air Farce began in Montreal, Quebec in 1970. John Morgan and Martin Bronstein founded the improvisational theatre revue, "The Jest Society" and the original members were John Morgan, Martin Bronstein, Patrick Conlon, Gay Claitman and Roger Abbott. But as of January 1971, The Jest Society was John Morgan, Martin Bronstein, Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson and Luba Goy, performing on stage in Toronto and Ottawa.Dave Broadfoot joined them in 1973, and this group became "The Royal Canadian Air Farce", debuting on CBC Radio on December 9, 1973. The show was recorded live for the first few years at the Curtain Club in Richmond Hill, Ontario then at CBC's Cabbagetown studio theatre in Toronto, and then at theatres all across Canada, and before you know it, the broadcasts were all across the country on CBC Radio, recording 612 original half-hour shows, until May 25, 1997."The Royal Canadian Air Farce" first hit television on CBC Television on October 1980, which was a one-hour special. CBC commissioned a 10 week series, which aired from February to April, 1981, while specials were also added in 1982 and 1983.In 1984, Air Farce was shown as a videotape on a Pay-TV special live in Toronto. The group spent the next eight years taking the radio show on the road to communities from coast to coast, plus extensive concert and theatrical performances across Canada and in the U.S. On the final night of 1992, Air Farce took a second plunge into television with "1992 Year of the Farce", a satirical New Year's Eve Special which it produced and sold to CBC Television. The group then, began to develop a weekly series starting on October 8, 1993.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1147)

    • President Clinton: The right to bear light aircraft is NOT guaranteed in the Constitution!

    • Carstairs Carruthers: Yes, nobody sings like Blind Willie Feldman and aren't we glad.

    • Carstairs Carruthers: Hear Willie sing the blues about the tough times of his troubled life. Blind Willie Feldman: My toaster is broke Can't get me no toast My toaster is broke It went up in smoke!

    • Blind Willie Feldman: My car it won't start And that ain't no joke And I'm hungry as heck 'Cause my toaster's still broke!

    • Blind Willie Feldman: Gonna get me a woman Gonna be my little dove Gonna do me some planting In my garden of love She gonna stay all night After we'll share a smoke But she can't stay for breakfast 'Cause my bitchin' toaster's still broke!

    • Rita MacNeil (singing): He's a working man from the East Coast, he likes his eggs with juice and toast, he's a working guy, a working dude, he works in his clothes, he works in the nude!

    • Boris Yeltsin: All my enemies talk about is vodka, vodka, vodka. Jean Chretien: All my enemies talk about is pepper, pepper, pepper. (Bill Clinton lights a cigar)

    • Bill Clinton: My opponents quote the Bible. "Thou shalt not show thy rod to thy staff."

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    Notes (82)

    • This is the first New Year's Eve Special.

    • The 1999 Chicken Cannon Target of the Year is the word "Y2K."

    • The Chicken Cannon Target of the Week is oil companies who keep raising gas prices.

    • The Chicken Cannon Target of the Week is Slobodan Milosevic.

    • The Chicken Cannon Targets of the Week are Al Gore and George W. Bush, for "making a one-day election last almost two weeks."

    • The Chicken Cannon Targets of the Year are Jean Chretien and the other party leaders for "putting Canadians through the totally unnecessary exercise of a federal election."

    • The Chicken Cannon Target of the Week is Bernard Landry.

    • The Chicken Cannon Target of the Week is Nortel's John Roth.

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    Trivia (21)

    • The History Channel promo says they are showing Oliver Stone's movie JFK from 7:00 to 9:00. This would have to be a very heavily edited presentation because the movie is actually four hours long.

    • Gilbert Smythe-Bite Me shows a picture of Salma Hayek that is incorrectly labeled "Selma Hayek."

    • This week's Chicken Cannon target is Ontario's ex-Premier Ernie Eves.

    • The Chicken Cannon target for this episode is Canadian auto insurance companies.

    • The joke about the Dionne quintuplets and birth control doesn't really make sense. One, birth control wasn't widely available in 1934. Two, the suggestion that the Dionnes had five children because they didn't use birth control is silly. They're quintuplets! They were all born at the same time!

    • The Raving Scotsman says he can't vote because he's an immigrant. However, immigrants who become Canadian citizens are allowed to vote if they are of age.

    • The show "Making The Iraqi Cut" features someone named "Scotty bin Laden." Osama bin Laden is not Iraqi, he is Saudi. He is thought to be in Afghanistan or Pakistan, not Iraq. Before the Iraq war, Dubya claimed there was a connection between bin Laden's terror group Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, but one has not been found. Although there is currently an Iraqi insurgent group calling itself "Al Qaeda in Iraq," whether this group is directly connected to bin Laden is unknown.

    • Alfonso Gagliano says, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" and then adds that this is from The Godfather. It's actually from The Godfather III. The character who says it is Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).

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    Allusions (283)

    • Preston Manning's Robert De Niro impression is based on the actor's famous "You talkin' to me?" scene from the 1976 movie Taxi Driver.

    • The song "Born To Be Catholic" is a parody of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild."

    • (About to hit the Spice Girls with the Chicken Cannon) Colonel Stacy: I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want. That is a line from the Spice Girls' song "Wannabe."

    • Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu sing a song called "You Don't Send Me Bagels Anymore." This is a parody of the Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore."

    • Peter Mansbridge's new theme song for The National bears a striking resemblance to Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5."

    • Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers publish a book called Elian's Ashes, a play on the title of Frank McCourt's 1996 memoir Angela's Ashes.

    • Man: According to my friend Barry, who's a legal expert -- he's never missed an episode of The Practice... The Practice is a legal drama created by David Kelley that aired from 1997 to 2004 on ABC.

    • Jean Chretien: I am still trying to get through Angela's Ashtray. Jean Chretien has apparently garbled the title of Frank McCourt's 1996 memoir Angela's Ashes.

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  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Couldn't be less funny if they tried...

    By drawesomepants, Feb 28, 2009

  • Boo!

    By robertboylex, Aug 09, 2010

  • Sad. Just sad.

    By jsmith111977, Sep 24, 2008

  • Abysmal!

    By lare84, Sep 26, 2008

  • A parody show that has its roots from radio. There have been two main eras. The first with John Morgan, Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson, and Luba Goy and the current era with new additions of Jessica Holmes, Craig Lauzon, and Alan Park.

    By spyro604, Apr 26, 2007