History of Air Farce
What is Royal Canadian Air Farce?
Royal Canadian Air Farce is a comedy troupe
consisting of Performers Roger Abbott, Don
Ferguson, Luba Goy,
John Morgan and writers Gord
Holtam and Rick Olsen. Air Farce is a favourite of millions of Canadians
from coast to coast, who tune in to CBC Television every week to see
and 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.
In the years their television program has been on the air, it has risen
to become the number one comedy show in the country.
Apart from their obvious talents of providing
endless hours of laughter to Canadians and those watching and listening
around the world, Air Farce has been able to tap into the comedic psyche
which makes Canadians tick. According to Don Ferguson, "Air Farce provides
a mirror--slightly cracked--for the nation."
How did it
Air Farce's origins go back to 1970 in Montreal,
where John Morgan and Martin Bronstein founded the improvisational theatre
revue The Jest Society. The original members were John Morgan,
Martin Bronstein, Patrick Conlon, Gay Claitman and Roger Abbott.
By January 1971, The Jest Society was John
Morgan, Martin Bronstein, Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson and Luba Goy, performing
on stage in Toronto and Ottawa.
In 1973, joined by Dave Broadfoot, they
became The Royal Canadian Air Farce for their CBC Radio debut.
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 then broadcast across
the country on CBC Radio.
How many years
Royal Canadian Air Farce
first aired on CBC Radio on December 9, 1973, and the final broadcast
was May 25, 1997, for a total of 612 original half hour shows in 24
How many years
Air Farce first hit network television with
a one hour special on CBC Television in October, 1980. It was an instant
hit, CBC's #2 show for the week, right behind Hockey Night in Canada.
CBC then commissioned a 10 week series, which aired February to April,
1981, plus additional specials in 1982 and 1983. A change of executives
then happened at CBC TV and Air Farce left television and concentrated
on radio and live appearances.
In 1984 Air Farce's live Toronto stage show
was videotaped as a pay-tv special, and subsequently broadcast on Ontario's
Global Television Network. 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
Then, 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. Again, it was a hit, and developed into a weekly series
on October 8, 1993. Air Farce is now the highest rated show on CBC Television.