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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

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  1. Will | December 31, 2013 at 12:52 am

    The man on the left, I presume, is the ‘overprotective chauffeur’ (in some weirdly nightmarish Pluto Nash inspired getup???), but dare I ask, who is the woman on the right supposed to be?

    She’s too young to be Olivia “I didn’t eat her, umm, kitty-kat” Gondek, and looks nothing like Alana “She’s not a prostitute” Kindree. So, is she just some Random Act of Eye Candy designed to attract viewers?

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