DAILY NEWS Sep 22, 2008 11:23 AM - 0 comments

CBC's Air Farce Takes Off on Final Flight

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A landmark Canadian comedy series is coming to an end. After 35 years on CBC Radio and Television, Royal Canadian Air Farce will take a final bow at the end of 2008. Titled ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE—FINAL FLIGHT! for its farewell season, it gets underway Friday, Oct. 3, on CBC-TV, with its regular weekly half-hours. The show then wraps up with its traditional New Year's Eve Special, Wednesday, Dec. 31.

The season launches Oct. 3, with guest-star athletes who won medals in Beijing. And, of course, the regular cast takes on recent current events, especially the election frenzy in both Canada and the U.S. Look for hilarious impersonations of Stephen Harper (Craig Lauzon), Stephane Dion (Alan Park), Jack Layton (Don Ferguson), Elizabeth May (Luba Goy), Barack Obama (Alan Park), John McCain (Don Ferguson), and Sarah Palin (Penelope Corrin). The first show will also feature sketches on the daily-changing state of the economy, tainted foods, new hockey anthems, and much more.

Every AIR FARCE—FINAL FLIGHT! show this fall will include an audience-voted "Farce Flashback" sketch from earlier seasons, and special guests will be announced each week. Show regular Jessica Holmes is on maternity leave and will return as the season develops.

AIR FARCE will wrap on Dec. 31, with the final firing of the legendary Chicken Cannon, and an honour roll of special guests celebrating 15 years of unprecedented television success.

Royal Canadian Air Farce began on CBC Radio, on Dec. 9, 1973, as a weekly comedy show that lasted until May 25, 1997. The troupe flirted with television, with specials on CBC and Global in 1980 through 1983, then AIR FARCE launched its first blockbuster New Year's Eve Special on CBC, Dec. 31, 1992, which developed into the smash hit weekly series, beginning Oct. 8, 1993.

"When we started out all those years ago, we never dared dream of being around 35 years later," said Roger Abbott, one of Air Farce's founding members. "So it's been an amazingly long run, and we're lucky to have shared those years with the best radio listeners and television viewers in the world. Canadians love to laugh, and we love them for laughing with us."

Added Don Ferguson, "Wrapping it up on New Year's Eve brings us full circle, because that's how we started in 1992. There might be a few tears along with the laughs, but who knows what lies ahead?"

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