CBC (ended 2008)
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