Royal Canadian Air Farce

CBC (ended 2008)


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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.

John Morgan

John Morgan

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

Luba Goy

Luba Goy

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

Don Ferguson

Don Ferguson

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

Alan Park

Alan Park

Himself; Gilles Duceppe; Andre Boisclair; Tim Hortons Commercial Guy; Peter McKay; Others (2004- )

Roger Abbott

Roger Abbott

George W. Bush; Don Cherry; Jean Chretien; Peter Mansbridge; Gilbert Smythe(Bite Me); Ralph Klein; The Pope; Others

Penelope Corrin

Penelope Corrin

Various (2007-)

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  • Couldn't be less funny if they tried...

    This show is awful, I wish it wasn't but it is. The jokes are horrible and of the type that you would expect that they were written by an average third grade student. Seriously it is exactly the jokes you would get if you gave a little kid a month old newspaper and said "come up with skits based on this". The jokes never go below the headlines you read in the newspaper. The cast are old and as out of touch as the material. My friend Kevin who is in an improv group could fart a better sketch and he has on many occasions. The impressions are pathetic. Nothing about this show is any good at all, should've been taken off t.v. years and years ago.moreless
  • Boo!

    Royal Canadian Air Farce was a terrible show I can not believe it was on the air for so many years when I don't know one person who actually watched it. When ever I saw it it was always terrible jokes that made no sense and then a bad laugh track. Old people played characters i.e. did impersonations of famous young people that made no sense, had bad jokes, and looked acted and sounded nothing at all like the person they were supposed to be. Really a pudgy old woman is Celine Dion or whatever? I saw some episodes after they brought in new people that were younger, "younger" is a laugh since the one guy is like fifty and the other two were in their thirties. It was still awful. Shame on CBC for not getting rid of this dog sooner.moreless
  • Sad. Just sad.

    Royal Canadian Air Farce is pathetic. I don't know anyone who enjoys this show but it must get some people watching since it apparently got good enough ratings somehow to stay on the air for 20 years. This show is awful, just plain awful. The jokes are pathetic and so predictable the average 6 year old could do better. Basically all this show does is take headlines (not even current ones) and then tack on lame jokes to them. For example "The government lowered the GST by 1%.... gee, that's almost enough that I can buy a chocolate bar every year!" followed by a ridiculous laugh track. The only reason I ever laughed at this show is that it is so pathetic it almost reaches the "so bad it's funny" level of anti-greatness. The cast can't do impressions and the costumes they wear don't even look remotely like who they're trying to impersonate. It also doesn't help that they're fat and 90 years old. Somebody should have shot this dog of a show 20 years ago. Still I give it 2/10 because it at least used to have a few grin-worthy bits on it but that pretty much ended when John Morgan quit the show. Not only was he probably the most funny of the group but it just seems like by that time the writing had also gone down the toilet. What a lazy, lazy, awful show this is. Avoid at all costs.moreless
  • Abysmal!

    Royal Canadian Air Farce is so bad it's embarrassing. We should start a petition to force them to take the word "Canadian" out of their title, because I have never met a Canadian as unfunny as them, and as a Canadian myself I don't want them to associate their show with me. The fact that our tax dollars go to pay for this travesty of a show does not mean that we approve of it, I actually don't know a single person that watches this show. To be honest I can't think of one single person, not even one, who has seen this show and does not completely hate it. Whenever the subject of this show comes up everyone bashes it and wonders how it is still on TV. So how is it still on TV? Who is watching this garbage? How is something written and performed by stroke victims with no sense of humour or talent of any kind allowed on TV in the first place? This show is so bad I'm embarrassed. They should be ashamed of themselves.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    This show has never been the same since John Morgan left. The seasons with Morgan were simply superb and I would have given it a much higher score for that era. Everything that Morgan did was great: Mike From Canmore, Jock McBile, etc. Now, the humour is disappointing in my opinion especially the Ad Absurdum segment - I absolutely find that irriating. But don't get me wrong, there are still some good segments like the Conservative vs Liberal parody of the PC and Mac commercial and it's still a descent show but just feels like it's past its prime.moreless

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