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USHER IN 2013 WITH THE AIR FARCE NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 AT 8:00 PM ON CBC TELEVISION
AIR FARCE IS BACK, AND WE'RE DOING IT GANGNAM STYLE!
Canada’s favourite year-end tradition continues when AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE returns to CBC Television, Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM (8:30 NT).
Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park, Penelope Corrin, and the newest AIR FARCE recruit, Arnold Pinnock, send up the highs and lows of 2012 with an hour filled with plenty of laughs, lots of surprises, and the annual dropping of the F-Bomb on Canada's biggest pet peeves.
As usual, joining the AIR FARCE cast is a stellar line-up of special guests!
From the world of sports, hockey hero Paul Henderson celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, while Olympic gold-medal trampolinist Rosie MacLennan hits new heights right in our own CBC studio.
We also have platinum recording artist Victoria Duffield (“Shut Up and Dance”) offering a fan’s take on the NHL lockout; the star of Murdoch Mysteries, Yannick Bisson, using his own persuasive methods to solve one of the year’s top mysteries; and The Wealthy Barber-turned-Dragons’ Den star, David Chilton, teaming up President Obama to solve the U.S. financial crisis.
Meanwhile, Canada’s boyfriend, George Stroumboulopoulos, dances his way into a special cameo, and CBC’s chief meteorologist, Claire Martin, forecasts some big laughs.
As always, AIR FARCE takes on the year’s biggest stories, from the re-emergence of the PQ in Quebec to the disappearance of the hockey season, from the lighter-and-skinnier iPhone 5 to the scandals-and-carousals of the Royal Family. We’ve also got Rob Ford’s media rehab, a political “50 Shades of Grey” makeover, and our Prime Minister’s version of the world’s most-viewed viral video ever, Gangnam Style … plus lots more in this fast-paced hour from last year’s highest-rated CBC comedy special.
And in the grand finale, we’ll drop a few F-Bombs on the most worthy targets of 2012 in AIR FARCE’s long-standing tradition of blasting viewer’s suggestions with the messiest ammunition imaginable. (Don’t worry, our studio audience was given plastic to keep themselves dry!)
Canada’s best New Year’s Eve party is always funny, always exciting, always AIR FARCE. Watch CBC on December 31st at 8 PM to send up the year we send off!
WEB EXCLUSIVE SKETCH!
Is this the end of the world as we know it? Check out this bonus AIR FARCE sketch, a letter from the Mayans to the rest of the world, with some help from the Google family of apps...
CLASSIC AIR FARCE MOMENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE EVERY WEEK!
The new AIR FARCE FUNNIES! page posts brand-new compilation episodes every week, pulled from our 350-plus shows and specials that have aired on CBC since 1993.
A brand-new webisode, featuring some of Air Farce's most popular and most requested sketches, goes up every Monday morning, so start your week off with a few laughs from Roger, Don, Luba, John, Jessica, Craig, Alan, and Penelope!
(And while you're there, revisit the New Year's special and see some exclusive bonus content, including deleted sketches and bloopers.)
AIR FARCE: 40 YEARS OF FLYING BY THE SEAT OF OUR PANTS
A rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at Canada's favourite comedy troupe!
AIR FARCE: 40 YEARS OF FLYING BY THE SEAT OF OUR PANTS is the long-awaited, much-anticipated history of Air Farce. It’s a beautiful, 268-page, hardcover book, with tons of pictures.
Air Farce was a staple of CBC television for over fifteen years, with diehard fans numbering in the millions. Written by founding members Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson, this candid memoir, full of anecdotes, photographs, scripts, and other memorabilia from their private collection, describes every aspect of their early days as an onstage comedy troupe, their historic run on radio, and their spectacular success on prime-time television.
The book also features interviews with key players in the Air Farce story conducted by Bill Brioux, TV journalist, blogger, author, and longtime Farce afficionado.
With contributions from many of their longtime friends and collaborators, including veteran Farceur Dave Broadfoot, the book takes readers behind the scenes, and on stage, into the day-to-day creative vortex of one of the most popular comedy shows in the history of Canadian television.
• The Toronto Star's Martin Knelman attended our launch and wrote this terrific article about our good friend, Ivan Fecan, and how he figures in the book and (very prominently) in Air Farce's history...
AIR FARCE BOOK OFFICIALLY THE CRITICS' PICK!
• TV critic John Doyle selects the Air Farce book as one of his top gifts "for the TV hound" ... you can see it here (slide 6 of 25), along with all the other picks from The Globe and Mail's entertainment writers.
• Blogger and writer James Bawden praises the book as a dose of good ol' Canadiana on entertainment shelves this year.
• Bill Brioux included the book on this Toronto Star list of gifts for TV lovers ... click here to see the complete article.
Don, standing in front of the dusted-off donut shop set, points to Dave Broadfoot and asks him to take a bow during the book launch for AIR FARCE: 40 YEARS OF FLYING BY THE SEAT OF OUR PANTS. Hundreds of fans and friends turned out for the event -- which featured free Tim Hortons coffee and donuts, as well as the opportunity to have the Air Farce cast sign the book -- at the Barbara Frum Atrium in CBC's Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Monday, October 17, 2011.
Don Ferguson taping his appearance on GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT, Monday, December 12, 2011.
George and Don chat backstage after the taping (photos courtesy of Strombo.com).
Don took to the Red Chair on Monday, December 12, 2011 to talk with George about the new Air Farce book and the annual New Year's specials ... and it became one of George's highest-rated interviews of 2011! Watch the full interview here:
In January 2012, Don proved that comedy is easy as pie in a return appearance on GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT. In a special cameo for the segment Something You Might Not Know About Canada, Don introduces a fascinating -- and delicious -- slice of Canadian comedy history.
AIR FARCE ON ITUNES
Click here for the
ultimate Air Farce library at the iTunes store, and download one of
our "Classic Collection" highlights packages, starting with Season 1 in 1993-94. Or download weekly episodes from our last two seasons on CBC - "Final Flight" (Season 16, 10 episodes plus our New Year's Eve 2008 finale) and "Air Farce Live" (Season 15), or one of our recent New Year's specials.
Go back to the early years, or watch our later shows
in HD - all instantly downloadable at the iTunes store now.
CBC AT 75: YOURS TO CELEBRATE
*RARE AIR FARCE VIDEO POSTED!*
On November 2, 2011, CBC celebrated 75 years of broadcasting. Air Farce is proud to be a part of the CBC family, an association that began in 1973 ... that's over half of the Corporation's existence!
As part of the 75th anniversary, CBC created a special website with photos, videos, games, and more. We've bookmarked some Air Farce-related posts and exclusive videos you can only find on CBC's 75th site, so CLICK HERE to take a look, including exclusive video-on-demand of Air Farce's VERY FIRST TV SPECIAL from 1980!...
Click here to visit iTunes and purchase a digital copy of the special hour-long tribute to Roger that aired Tuesday, March 29, 2011, featuring some of Roger's best moments on Air Farce -- as well as rare blooper footage. All proceeds from the sale of the show go to the Easter Seals. And click here to visit Roger's memorial page, featuring links to articles and tributes, rare photos, and a video gallery.