was also on this show that Pat was introduced to John Peterson,
a director that helped shape his career. "John and I loved
live TV. What you laid down is what you got," says Pat. "Working
with those talented kids and such an excellent director every day
was such a kick to me. I'll never forget those times." Another
influential director early in Pat's career was Terry McDonald. "Terry
saw TV the same way John did. To all three of us, broadcasting live
is the only way to go. It's a shame that the young people in television
today will never experience the rush we got from working on a live
forward twenty years. It is now 1991. CKLW has become CBET, a CBC-owned
and operated television station. Pat McDonald, who after twenty-five
years of working in Windsor on hundreds of shows, decided it was
time to test the waters of the Mother Corporation in Toronto.
arrival in the Big City, Pat quickly put his veteran years of variety
programming to the test. He started studio directing such prestigious
shows as "The Journal", "Mid-Day", "Friday
Night with Ralph Benmurgi" and "Kids in the Hall".
It was on "Kids" that Pat got his first taste of big scale
sketch comedy. After years of music, news and sports, he found a
new challenge with comedy in front of live studio audiences. "I
love doing any type of this medium. But the sketch comedy format
at this level was so foreign to me, I enjoyed the whole process,"
recalls Pat. Then in 1992, CBC decided to give Royal Canadian
Air Farce a chance at TV. And thus a legend was born.
was great for us," says Farceur Don Ferguson.
"We knew radio. He knew TV. So he played the Big Brother role,
which was perfect since he was so much bigger than the rest of us."
But Roger Abbott, a co-producer with Don, adds,
"Our only complaint with Pat was that he was so intimidating.
Before we rolled the cameras, he would say 'Quiet please. We're
rolling!' in his deadpan serious tone. There is nothing worse to
a comedy troupe than playing in front of an audience too afraid
to laugh." So to combat his approach, Pat decided to tell people
what was funny and when to laugh. "I just substituted 'Quiet
please' with 'Stand by'. Then one day I slipped in 'Stand by to
laugh'". It was the perfect combination. The big bully telling
everyone to laugh - and they did. So much so that to this day he
can say his famous line five or six times a night, and people always
crack up. Even the cast. "We try and make him laugh,"
giggles Luba Goy, "or even smile.
But no one has succeeded yet. We'll get him one day though."
Aired: Oct 06, 2000
McSorley's court case swings in to action...
again, Pat 'takes one on the head' for the good of the show.