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YOU'RE ONE IN A MILLION!
Thanks to you, our loyal fans, Air Farce was back in a big way! The numbers are in and an average of 1,258,000 viewers kicked off 2012 with AIR FARCE NOT NEW YEAR'S EVE on CBC, 15% higher than last year's viewer total, and peaking with an audience of 1.4 million!
If you missed the show, read all about it here, or click here to stream it online for free!
These short outtakes cut from the Air Farce New Year's special give you some bonus never-before-seen laughs!
Featuring Craig Lauzon as Toronto mayor Rob Ford training for his cage match with Margaret Atwood, a day at the office with the War of 1812 reenactor, and a short blooper from the set of the New Tim Hortons with Penelope Corrin and Arnold Pinnock.
To watch more sketches that didn't make the cut, including some hilarious bloopers, go to www.cbc.ca/airfarce and click "New Year's Special Web Extras."
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 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.)
DON VISITS STROMBO
Don Ferguson taping his appearance on GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT, Monday, December 12, 2011.
Don took to the Red Chair to talk with George about the new Air Farce book and the annual New Year's specials. Click the image above to watch the full interview at Strombo.com.
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...
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.
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!...
BONUS VIDEO CLIPS
REMEMBERING JACK LAYTON
Air Farce may have taken some shots over the years at Jack Layton and the NDP, but he was always a great sport and a friend of the show. In our final season, he surprised the studio audience with this walk-on appearance.
From Friday, October 31, 2008, here is the real Jack Layton with Don Ferguson as Jack Layton:
Thanks for playing with us, Jack, and may the Farce be with you.
HAPPY RETIREMENT, LLOYD!
On our New Year's Eve 2010 special, Lloyd Robertson bravely submitted to an affectionate and comic salute to his four decades anchoring national newscasts at CBC and CTV. His successor, Lisa LaFlamme, joined in on the fun, along with Peter Mansbridge and Brian Williams.
Our annual New Year's specials always attract a lot of special guests to the Air Farce studio. Here's Lloyd's original guest appearance on Air Farce from December 31, 1998, anchoring a very special edition of CTV News, just one year before the "millennium." It's one of our most popular -- and most memorable -- sketches ever.
On the night of Saturday, March 26, 2011, Roger Abbott died at the age of 64, 14 years after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Click here to visit Roger's memorial page, featuring links to articles and tributes, rare photos, and a video gallery.
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.