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. It's a look back at some of your favourite shows, personalities, and memories from the last three-quarters of a century of Canadian broadcasting.
We've bookmarked some Air Farce-related posts and exclusive videos you can only find on CBC's 75th site, and we hope you'll click over to take a look...
WATCH AIR FARCE'S FIRST TV SPECIAL FROM 1980!
After seven hit seasons on CBC Radio, Air Farce made the transition to television with a one-hour primetime special that aired October 19, 1980. It's Roger, Dave, Don, Luba, and John with their very first TV showever, featuring some of the classic radio characters that made them a CBC favourite: Big Bobby Clobber, Amy de la Pompa, Sergeant Renfrew, Hector Baggley, and more!
We've dusted off this rare piece of comedy history and brought it up from the CBC archives, hidden in a vault deep underground in downtown Toronto. Should it have stayed down below? Do you want to see more Air Farce rarities?! Let us know!
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SHOW
75TH ANNIVERSARY INTERVIEW WITH DON
In these three video clips shot exclusively for CBC.ca/75, Don talks about Air Farce's legacy, the importance of CBC Radio, and adjusting to life without his friend and business partner, Roger Abbott.
REMINISCING ABOUT RADIO
In this article, our friend and longtime radio producer, Johnny Dalton, discusses Air Farce's long run on CBC Radio, including its popularity with topical humour, the late night edit sessions, and the excitement of taking the show on the road to communities all across the country.
CLASSIC AIR FARCE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
It's a Farce flashback! Some of your favourite moments from Air Farce on CBC Radio and Television:
• The only time a sitting Prime Minister appeared on Air Farce: it's Jean Chrétien with Pamela Wallin on our 1997 New Year's Eve special
• Preston Manning makes a guest appearance with the cast; you can even watch a video of a classic Preston Manning sketch
• A visit with everyone's favourite Albertan, Mike ... from Canmore; this tribute to John Morgan's immortal character contains a photo, video, and a radio clip of Mike's very first appearance on radio from 1991
• Jann Arden fires the Chicken Cannon ... and a video of the very first firing from 1994
• A photo of the comedy all-star reunion that took place for CBC Television's 50th anniversary in 2002
• A look back at the career of Air Farce alumnus, Dave Broadfoot
• And finally, a look at the new Air Farce book, now available online and at bookstores everywhere