A comedy sketch show focusing on Canadian events and affairs.
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Series cast summary:
Don Ferguson Don Ferguson ...  Various 194 episodes, 1993-2017
Luba Goy ...  Various 194 episodes, 1993-2017
Roger Abbott Roger Abbott ...  Various 186 episodes, 1993-2010
Craig Lauzon Craig Lauzon ...  Various / ... 113 episodes, 2002-2017
Alan Park ...  Various 105 episodes, 2004-2014
Jessica Holmes ...  Various / ... 96 episodes, 2001-2017
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A comedy sketch show focusing on Canadian events and affairs.

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May the Farce Be With You!

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Canada

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English

Release Date:

8 October 1993 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Air Farce See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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The style of comedy was heavily influenced by Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster. See more »

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Pierre Trudeau: Jean, you really stirred things up when you said that Mr. Day could be responsible for the destruction of Canada.
Jean Chretien: I know. Lucien Bouchard was livid; he says if anyone is out to destroy Canada, it should be him.
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Referenced in Gabriella (2002) See more »

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It embarrasses me that this is a major Canadian show
30 December 2006 | by Started_bySee all my reviews

Royal Canadian Air Farce is one of those comedy shows where you tune in, sit there, waiting to laugh... but you don't. The show never gets into anything story-wise by design, because it's a sketch show, so you're left trying to get a cheap laugh out of the (usually political) premises of the sketches. Problem is, they're not good.

According to Wikipedia, the comedy group started off in 1970 as 'The Jest Society', a play on Pierre Trudeau's goal of a 'Just Society'. Kind of a lame title. This tactic of taking a letter and changing it was repeated when the 'Jest Society' changed their name to the Royal Canadian Air Farce. When the current show started in 1993, the crew had Jean Chretien and multiple other targets of Canadian politics to satirize, and ample material in Canadian culture (like those silly Canadian Tire commercials). But even then, the sketches didn't move past a simple caricature of Chretien's accent, or any other one-dimensional premise.

I specifically remember a sketch about the 'War on Christmas' - and the premise being a guy was reading a Christmas story by a fireplace. What's the joke? Every time the word Christmas should come up, he says 'holiday' instead. And the sketch continues like this for about 7 or 8 minutes. Somewhere along the way, somebody should have said, "Guys - don't you think we should do something more? Make something happen? Have at least some kind of a story, at least?" I guess that didn't ever happen. or maybe it did, and they fired the guy who said it.

Sometimes I have relatives from outside Canada ask me what good Canadian TV shows there are, this show (plus the Mike Bullard show) always comes to mind. It makes me sad that this is such a poorly made show, and yet it's financed and probably shot on HDCAM and viewed by millions (funny considering Canada's population is only 33 million, give or take).

I know it's probably schadenfreudenic (I think that's right) for me to take so much pleasure hating this show. Maybe it wasn't always that bad, but it's just not funny at all. Anyway, to sum up: Don't watch it.


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