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."