Royal Canadian Air Farce celebrates its landmark 300th episode on CBC Television with an hour-long special, AIR FARCE 300 LIVE!, Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT, 9:30 p.m. NT). It’s the first time in the show’s history that an episode will be telecast live, in real time.
Air Farce’s regular troupe, Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Jessica Holmes, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park and featured player Penelope Corrin, will be joined by an all-star lineup representing other top Canadian comedy shows: Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Sitara Hewitt, Sheila McCarthy and Carlo Rota, Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry and Ron MacLean, Corner Gas co-star Fred Ewanuick, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes alumna Mary Walsh. There may even be some surprise guests.
AIR FARCE 300 LIVE! will include Farce-scope sketches about lottery wins by storeowners, rock videos, marijuana grow-ups, the new Barbara Amiel perfume, the Harpers, the Dions, and George Bush and his twin daughters. In addition, Nelly Furtado gets an image makeover, Prince Harry will turn up in Iran, Little Mosque on the Prairie meets Corner Gas in a Saskatchewan sitcom mash-up, a special version of Coach’s Corner, and because the show is live, topical material will be pulled right from the headlines.
The television version of Air Farce launched Oct. 8, 1993 on CBC Television, and the show’s producers, Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson, wanted to find a special way to mark the 300th episode. “Doing this special, live, is our way of living dangerously—but after so many shows, we figure we’re ready for the challenge,” explained Abbott. Added Ferguson, “And if something doesn’t go right, that’s all part of the fun of going live across the country.”