Wednesday, April 02, 2008

No Joke: Air Farce to Make its Final Flight

Tarnished Canadian institution to be put out of its misery

When it was announced yesterday that the Royal Canadian Air Farce would be disbanding at the conclusion of an abbreviated 16th season, many people assumed it was nothing more than an April Fool's gag.

The date is now 2 April and it seems official: the Air Farce will dissolve following next season.

It seems someone in the CBC has finally resolved to put the show, a sad empty shell of its former self, out of its misery.

Believe it or not, there was a time when the Air Farce used to be funny. It used to be a weekly non-partisan send-up of our political leaders and Canadian culture in general.

Then guys like this guy got his hands on the show. Ever since then, the show has been on a not-so-gradual slide into gratuitous partisanship.

In the meantime, they did manage to find time to make fun of some Canadian culture they clearly never had time to get familiar with in the first place:

And go out of the way to malign our neighbors to the South:

(Ironically, the Canadian version of the show -- entitled Are You Smarter Than a Canadian Fifth Grader? -- is hosted by an Air Farce alumnus.)

It is sad to see the Air Farce going off the air. But considering the long, sad decline of the show, it might be for the best.

Those of us who loved the show back when it actually used to be good will try to remember the Air Farce the way it used to be: funny.


  1. I watched Air Farce for a good long time, and actually enjoyed some of it. (a sucker for punishment, I suppose) But when John Morgan passed, I think the show passed with him. I tried several times to watch it and it was pure unadulterated crap. Haven't seen any episodes for the better part of 3 years now.
    Sounds like I haven't missed anything anyways.

  2. It jumped the shark a long time ago.

  3. Well, I guess that's the beauty of being on a publicly-funded network. You don't have to worry about mundane things like "ratings" in order to remain on the air.


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