Air Farce: 40 Years of Flying by the Seat of Our Pants

by Don Ferguson, Roger Abbott

Wiley | January 25, 2011 | Hardcover

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A rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at Canada''s favourite comedy troupe

A staple of CBC television for fifteen years, with diehard fans numbering in the millions, Canada''s Royal Canadian Air Farce exemplifies brilliant comedic mayhem. Written by the founding members of Air Farce-Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson-this candid memoir, full of anecdotes, photographs, scripts, and other memorabilia from the authors'' private collection describes every aspect of their hard-scrabble early life in 1970 as an onstage comedy troupe, their historic run on radio, and their spectacular success on prime-time television.

With contributions from many of their longtime friends and collaborators, including Dave Broadfoot (whose "When I regained consciousness" tagline is now part of the Canadian vernacular), and the irrepressive Luba Goy, Air Farce takes readers behind the scenes, and onstage, into the day-to-day creative vortex of one of the most popular comedy shows in the history of Canadian television.

  • Offers unprecedented access to the intimate workings of Canada''s legendary comedy troupe-from their days as "something fun to do on Sunday nights" in theatres to their arrival on Canadian television, as one of its highest rated shows
  • The authors share the highlights, lowlights, successes, and tragedies that resulted from their Air Farce collaboration

Offering a no-holds-barred look at the key players that turned comedy talent into prime-time gold, Air Farce offers their legions of fans a genuine keepsake destined to last at least as long as the troupe''s forty-year career-if not longer.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.21 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118034260

ISBN - 13: 9781118034262

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Air Farce: 40 Years of Flying by the Seat of Our Pants

by Don Ferguson, Roger Abbott

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.21 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118034260

ISBN - 13: 9781118034262

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A rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at Canada''s favourite comedy troupe

A staple of CBC television for fifteen years, with diehard fans numbering in the millions, Canada''s Royal Canadian Air Farce exemplifies brilliant comedic mayhem. Written by the founding members of Air Farce-Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson-this candid memoir, full of anecdotes, photographs, scripts, and other memorabilia from the authors'' private collection describes every aspect of their hard-scrabble early life in 1970 as an onstage comedy troupe, their historic run on radio, and their spectacular success on prime-time television.

With contributions from many of their longtime friends and collaborators, including Dave Broadfoot (whose "When I regained consciousness" tagline is now part of the Canadian vernacular), and the irrepressive Luba Goy, Air Farce takes readers behind the scenes, and onstage, into the day-to-day creative vortex of one of the most popular comedy shows in the history of Canadian television.

  • Offers unprecedented access to the intimate workings of Canada''s legendary comedy troupe-from their days as "something fun to do on Sunday nights" in theatres to their arrival on Canadian television, as one of its highest rated shows
  • The authors share the highlights, lowlights, successes, and tragedies that resulted from their Air Farce collaboration

Offering a no-holds-barred look at the key players that turned comedy talent into prime-time gold, Air Farce offers their legions of fans a genuine keepsake destined to last at least as long as the troupe''s forty-year career-if not longer.

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The Farce is with us because it is us. From their zany, crazy, bizarre minds we have learned to laugh at ourselves for a very good reason —we''re funny. It just took Air Farce to make us realize it. Long live the Farce."

In my lifetime the Air Farce were always with me. I never much liked going to soccer practice when I was a kid but I loved the drive home; it meant my father and I would listen to Air Farce together. Usually we would end up sitting in the driveway, in his truck, listening to the last ten minutes, not taking a chance to run indoors in case we might miss something.

I was amazed at what they got away with, how saucy they were and the reaction they could generate, the laughter and the outrage.

As a kid I not only wanted to do what they were doing but I wanted to understand every joke. This meant watching the news, reading the paper and asking questions. They got me addicted to news and current affairs, they taught me it was okay to kick up and never kick down.

They were so much more than a group of funny people. They were a Canadian institution, like CN, The Rockies or the Atlantic cod stocks; always there when you needed them."

The Farce took it to the next level after Wayne & Shuster with a kind of participatory comedy. They helped us laugh at ourselves— and we love that self-deprecating kind of comedy in Canada. In my experience of being on the show, you were just encouraged to be yourself and have fun, and I think that''s what everybody in the end did, and that''s what made it work."

I know both Roger and Don were instrumental in bringing my show to CBC, although neither of them ever mentioned it. Without the Air Farce I don''t believe there would be any comedy shows on the CBC schedule. It would just be news, hockey and documentaries about documentaries."

Air Farce were deeply important to me as a comedian. They were Canadians, out there, doing a show, being funny and reaching an audience."

It was one of those shows in Canada that went on forever, that went through generations of actors and all sorts of insane talent and original ideas. The backbone of our industry is shows like that."

About the Author

ROGER ABBOTT was born in England in 1946. He immigrated to Canada in 1953 and grew up in Montreal, where he began his broadcasting career off-the-air in programming and management in private radio. DON FERGUSON was born in Montreal in 1946. He too worked in private radio and as a photographer and documentary filmmaker until he discovered that comedy writing and performing were more fun. Friends since they were thirteen, Roger and Don both stumbled into comedy in 1970 with the improvisational comedy troupe, The Jest Society. In 1973 they became two of the founding members of Royal Canadian Air Farce, which ran for 24 seasons on CBC Radio. When Air Farce made the jump to a weekly television series in 1993, it became an instant hit. It was one of the highest-rated series in Canada for 16 years, and over that time its average audience topped 1 million viewers. The annual Air Farce New Year''s Eve special has garnered huge ratings. Winners of the Governor General''s Performing Arts Award in 1998 and recipients of a star on Canada''s Walk of Fame in 2000, Roger and Don and their fellow Air Farceurs became the first Canadian inductees into the International Humour Hall of Fame in 1992. Air Farce was the recipient of fifteen ACTRA Awards for radio and television, and a Juno for best comedy album. At the 2000 Gemini Awards, they received both the Earle Grey Award for Air Farce''s body of work in Canadian television, and the viewer-voted People''s Choice Award for favourite television
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