DON FERGUSON APPEARS ON CBC NEWS TO DISCUSS THE ATTACKS IN PARIS
The recent threats to creative expression -- from North Korea's intimidation of Hollywood to the attacks at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris -- have sent many people in comedy, in the larger creative community, and the general public reeling.
Our own Don Ferguson appeared on CBC News Network on Friday, January 9, 2015, talking with Carole MacNeil about his reaction to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and how AIR FARCE dealt with senstitive subject matter during its long run on CBC Radio and Television.
AIR FARCE cast (l to r): Darryl Hinds, Luba Goy, Alan Park, Penelope Corrin, Craig Lauzon, Aisha Alfa, and Don Ferguson
THANK YOU, CANADA ... YOU'RE ONE IN A MILLION!
Actually, you're one in nearly 1.7 million. That's how many Canadians tuned in to watch AIR FARCE NEW YEAR'S EVE, which was once again a ratings winner for CBC!
1,085,000 people watched the show on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (and some of you even live-tweeted along with us during the Eastern timezone broadcast by following @AirFarceCBC on Twitter). The next day, another 580,000 people caught the instant replay, a total of 1,665,000 viewers.
If you missed the show, or want to watch it all over again, you can stream the whole thing for FREE on-demand by clicking here.
For more information on the special, click here. Thank you for making us Canada's most-watched comedy show once again!
TWO NEW AIR FARCE RECRUITS
AIR FARCE was thrilled to have Second City veteran Darryl Hinds and comedy newcomer Aisha Alfa join the ranks this year.
Darryl Hinds recently wrote and performed in five original mainstage revues for The Second City Toronto. Canadian TV audiences might recognize him from his roles on Odd Squad, Combat Hospital, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Max & Shred, or from his appearances on Rookie Blue, Degrassi, and Lost Girl. “Being on AIR FARCE has been a dream come true,” says the versatile and hilarious Hinds. “Now I finally have a chance to do impressions of the big-name black Canadian politicians like ... well, I get to play Pharrell.”
Nigerian-born and Winnipeg-raised, Aisha Alfa is quickly making a name for herself on the Toronto comedy scene. The multi-talented performer has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Las Vegas Comedy Show, Just For Laughs ZooFest, NXNE, and the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl. “I am ecstatic to be part of the cast of such an iconic Canadian show,” Aisha exclaims. “I can't wait to watch this on New Year’s Eve with my friends. Then go to bed, because seriously nothing good happens after 9 PM on New Year’s, right?”
40TH ANNIVERSARY DVD NOW AVAILABLE!
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE: 40 FOR 40
It was on December 9, 1973, that CBC Radio broadcast the very first episode of ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE. Twenty years later, on October 8, 1993, CBC Television brought AIR FARCE to a whole new audience.
To celebrate Air Farce's 40th anniversary, eOne has released a new DVD, ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE: 40 FOR 40, featuring 40 of the most popular sketches from Air Farce's TV years.
There are also bonus features like classic radio sketches (some of them unheard in years) and rare video clips from the Air Farce archives!
It's an hilarious look back at some of your most-requested favourites, so if you're looking for a few laughs, or would like to do some early holiday shopping, visit your preferred online retailer (including CBCShop.ca, Amazon.ca, Indigo.ca, HMV.ca, or Walmart.ca) to pick up a copy!
CLASSIC AIR FARCE MOMENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE!
The AIR FARCE FUNNIES! page has 52 brand-new compilation episodes of classic Air Farce moments, pulled from our 350-plus TV shows and specials that have aired on CBC since 1993.
Each webisode is filled with sketches grouped together with a special theme, and features a new introduction by Don Ferguson.
Anytime you're looking for a few laughs from Roger, Don, Luba, John, Jessica, Craig, Alan, and Penelope, feel free to drop by and click around. Re-watch your favourites or discover sketches you may have missed the first time around!
DON VISITS STROMBO
Don Ferguson taping his appearance on GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT (photo courtesy of Strombo.com).
Don took to the Red Chair on Monday, December 12, 2011 to talk with George Stroumboulopoulos ... and it became one of George's highest-rated interviews of 2011! Watch the full interview here:
In January 2012, Don proved that comedy is easy as pie in a return appearance on GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT. In a special cameo for the segment Something You Might Not Know About Canada, Don introduces a fascinating -- and delicious -- slice of Canadian comedy history.
AIR FARCE ON ITUNES
Click here for the ultimate Air Farce library at the iTunes store, anddownload one of our "Classic Collection" highlights packages, starting with Season 1 in 1993-94.Or download weekly episodes from our last two seasons on CBC - "Final Flight" (Season 16, 10 episodes plus our New Year's Eve 2008 finale) and "Air Farce Live" (Season 15).
Go back to the early years, or watch our later shows - all instantly downloadable at the iTunes store now.
Click here to visit Roger's memorial page, featuring links to articles and tributes, rare photos, and a video gallery.
You can also visit iTunes and purchase a digital copy of the special hour-long tribute to Roger that aired Tuesday, March 29, 2011, featuring some of Roger's best moments on Air Farce. All proceeds from the sale of the show go to the Easter Seals.