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Rob Ford reaches a new “Stooge” on CBC’s annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special

- December 26th, 2013

Craig Lauzon as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (centre)

Rob Ford is the comedy Christmas gift that keeps on giving, and everyone seems to have their own impersonation. My favourite, though, comes from Craig Lauzon of CBC’s Air Farce.

Depending on which approach a comedian takes, Rob Ford humour could wind up being a little dark. After all, ridiculousness aside, some of the real-life situations aren’t necessarily all that funny.

But by turning Ford into a de facto Three Stooges character, Lauzon has found a way to keep it light, while at the same time making his points and hitting on all the issues. Lauzon’s Ford cracks me up every time I see it, pun not necessarily intended.

And there will be another opportunity to see Lauzon’s Rob Ford on the 2013 Air Farce New Year’s Eve special, Dec. 31 on CBC. It’s a tradition that goes back decades, as the Air Farce comedy troupe – which began as a radio show – is marking its 40th anniversary this month.

Besides Lauzon, current Air Farce members Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Alan Park, Penelope Corrin and Arnold Pinnock are back to deliver their twisted take on the developments and personalities that captivated us in 2013. Special guests for the New Year’s Eve special include Chris Hadfield, Milos Raonic, Serena Ryder, Measha Brueggergosman, Steve Smith and Lloyd Robertson.

Subjects sure to be touched upon include the scandal-plagued Canadian Senate, the arrival of Prince George, the lead-up to the already controversial 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, and Miley Cyrus’ No. 1 contribution to pop culture, twerking.

One of the highlights is a “Farce Film” that features Lauzon as Ford in a video spoof of the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. Blurred Lines, really? Some of this stuff practically writes itself.

Also, if you get a chance, seek out the recently released online-exclusive Air Farce clip of the Rob Ford Christmas Special. As Craig Lauzon’s Rob Ford would say, “Merry Crack-mas, Canada!”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

Air Farce, Ron James plan an “ex-PSY-ting” New Year’s Eve, Stephen Harper style

- December 30th, 2012

Air Farce - Paul Henderson, Craig Lauzon as Don Cherry

Canada doesn’t seem to treasure as many traditions as it has in the past. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon your point of view.

But one Canadian tradition that has hung on is comedy on CBC on New Year’s Eve.

First up at 8 p.m. (local time) is the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special. That’s followed at 9 p.m. by The Ron James Show’s New Year’s Eve Special.

Then at 10 p.m., it’s the news, which rarely is funny. So let’s focus on those first two.

The Air Farce extravaganza this year features a hilarious video parody starring Craig Lauzon, doing Prime Minister Stephen Harper, doing Korean rapper PSY. The words to PSY’s massive hit “Gangnam Style” have been changed to reflect Harper’s world.

Besides Lauzon, the usual Air Farce crew of Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Alan Park, Penelope Corrin and Arnold Pinnock will be on hand. Guests include hockey legend Paul Henderson (pictured above left, with Lauzon as Don Cherry at right), Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan, Yannick Bisson of Murdoch Mysteries, recording artist Victoria Duffield and David Chilton of Dragons’ Den.

Then it’s time for Ron James (pictured below), who – as we successfully head into 2013 – vows “never to listen to a Mayan again.” Damn straight.

Regular James characters Aunt Vivien, Buell Crawford and fan favourite Li’l Ronnie also stop by to help ring in the new year.

The real beauty of the back-to-back Air Farce and Ron James New Year’s Eve specials is that you can watch both and still have two hours to get drunk.

Now THAT’s a Canadian tradition.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Ron James New Years Eve