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Air Farce New Year’s Eve Celebrates

Written by  Dennis Kucherawy
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25th Anniversary Telecast on CBC, Sunday Dec. 31st

Guest stars include Kurt Browning, Lloyd Robertson and David Suzuki

By Dennis Kucherawy

Singer Taylor Swift performing a song inspired by Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Wonder Woman fighting America’s biggest threat, Donald J. Trump, are just two skits the satirical comedy troupe “Air Farce” features on its 25th anniversary New Year’s Eve telecast on Sunday, Dec. 31st at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).   The encore telecast is the same night at 12:05 a.m. (12:35 NT).


Other satirical targets include Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, Justin and Sophie Trudeau, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau as well as Canada’s new party leaders Andrew Scheer (Conservative Party) and Jagmeet Singh (NDP).  Sears (with its closings and layoffs) as well as Tim Hortons and CIBC are also comic topics.

The one-hour special’s traditional highlight is the “F-Bomb,” a contraption designed to eliminate 2017’s most odious and worthy targets as suggested by “Air Farce” viewers.  Images of five of the past year’s most irritating newsmakers are plastered with “monstrously messy guck dropped from 50 feet above.”

Another “Air Farces” tradition is special guests joining the cast. This year they are David Suzuki and Lloyd Robertson making return appearances and Canadian figure skating champion Kurt Browning.

This year’s original “Air Farce” founding troupe members Don Ferguson and Luba Goy return, joining veterans Jessica Holmes, Craig Lauzon and Darryl Hinds.  Newcomers consist of Chris Wilson (“The Beaverton”,) Isabel Kanaan (“Haunted or Hoax”) and Canadian Screen Award-nominee Lisa Gilroy making her “Farce” debut.

About “Air Farce”:

What began as a topical sketch comedy troupe (1970) lampooning Canadian politics, current affairs and pop culture, grew into a radio series running for 24 seasons on CBC Radio (1973 to 97.)  National concert tours, live stage productions followed including a weekly TV series that ran for 16 highly successful seasons on CBC-TV (1993-2008.)  Its annual New Year’s TV special premiered in 1992 and continues to score high ratings today.

For more details, visit:

Website:     airfarce.com

Facebook:   Facebook.com/AirFarceCBC

Twitter:      @AirFarceCBC

By Dennis Kucherawy

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