Air Farce

Let the Farce continue!  Royal Canadian Air Farce is back with a new and irreverent look at the year just ending.

 From the meteoric rise of Justin Bieber to Ottawa’s gaffes, from the G8/G20 follies to WikiLeaks’ cables, the Farce will cast their comic gaze over a wide spectrum of 2010’s top stories and make funny about big names in the news.  

Jessica Holmes returns and re-joins Air Farce vets Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson and Luba Goy, plus Farce regulars Craig Lauzon, Alan Park and Penelope Corrin for AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE 2010 at 8PM (8:30NT), Friday, December 31, on CBC Television.

Lloyd Robertson will guest on the show, bravely submitting to an affectionate and comic salute to his four decades anchoring national newscasts at CBC and CTV.  His successor Lisa LaFlamme will join in the fun, along with Peter Mansbridge and Brian Williams.

On the list for an Air Farce poke are William and Kate’s impending nuptials, Lady Gaga’s high-protein apparel, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party bandwagon, Celine Dion’s growing family, Gulf oil-spill bungler Tony Hayward and the rescued Chilean miners.  Obama & Biden, the World Cup and even those ubiquitous bed bugs are also in for a Farce zapping. 

“This was another sensational year for satire,” says Roger Abbott.  “2010 has provided us with plenty of comedy fodder and we’re stacking it all up and dishing it out on the last night of the year.”

And no Air Farce New Year’s Eve Special would be complete with the crowning of 2010’s most obnoxious newsmakers – the explosive F-Bombs will be dropped on five of the year’s most notorious and annoying targets.

Further information about AIR FARCE NEW YEAR’S EVE 2010 at www.airfarce.com.

Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m.

What’re you doing New Year’s Eve? That’s the question Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, asked Royal Canadian Air Farce.

After 17 New Year’s Eves, and some of the highest ratings ever scored for Canadian comedy, Stewart says, “Air Farce has always been the one to watch on Dec. 31—it just wouldn’t be the same without them.”

So, the Farce is getting together again, for one night only—Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television—laughing out 2009 and laughing in 2010. And they’ll be in good company, with special guest appearances by Battle of the Blades champions, Olympic skater Jamie Salé and hockey great Craig Simpson. While Battle turned a hockey player into a figure skater, the Farce plans to flip it up with “The Luck of the Puck,” as Salé faces Simpson in a shootout.

Plus, the Farce will welcome the dragons of Dragons’ Den—Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Jim Treliving, Kevin O’Leary and W. Brett Wilson—who will turn in a high-stakes comedy performance, as the Farce’s political characters pitch solutions for Canada’s economic crisis.

Video star Dave Carroll, the Nova Scotia singer/songwriter whose true ballad “United Breaks Guitars” became a YouTube sensation this year, will take musical shots at the highs and lows of 2009, from Jian Ghomeshi’s radio encounter with Billy Bob Thornton to Susan Boyle’s vocal breakout.

A year ago, on New Year’s Eve, Air Farce took its final flight, and stepped away from their weekly Friday night comedy and satire series after 16 seasons on CBC-TV. The Donut Shop went to the CBC Museum, the Chicken Cannon was dismantled and de-registered, the wigs, costumes and props all went to new homes. So, expect an even more smashing new target-seeker of the “Zeroes & Heroes of 2009,” plus fresh features and fun as the Farce updates the act and kicks off the second decade of the 21st Century.

Air Farce New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television. Starring Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Jessica Holmes, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park and Penelope Corrin.