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