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remind
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posted 01 April 2008 06:58 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Awwwwwwwwwwwww, this is too bad, I would have thought that RMR would have gone first.
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The Royal Canadian Air Farce, one of Canada's longest-running comedy troupes, is wrapping up its weekly television show next season, CBC announced Tuesday.

The sketch comedy show will produce nine shows in the fall, then end with a New Years Eve special.


http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2008/04/01/air-farce.html?ref=rss


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Le Téléspectateur
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posted 01 April 2008 07:09 AM      Profile for Le Téléspectateur     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
RMR first? RCAF has been seriously unfunny since they made the jump to TV. It's sad that they let it drag out as long as it did.
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posted 01 April 2008 07:55 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Very true, but they were great on radio.
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posted 01 April 2008 08:22 AM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had expected Jessica Holmes and the other new additions to take over.
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Le Téléspectateur
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posted 01 April 2008 08:47 AM      Profile for Le Téléspectateur     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does CBC have a satire comedy show on the radio anymore?

I remember The Muckrakers (or something) and RCAF and Double Exposure, which were all into political satire.


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posted 01 April 2008 08:47 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This has to be a joke. Why would they make an announcement like this on April 1st?
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posted 01 April 2008 09:00 AM      Profile for Pride for Red Dolores     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
nooooooooooo !
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posted 01 April 2008 10:10 AM      Profile for johnpauljones     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think this deserves a 21-chicken cannon salute.
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posted 01 April 2008 12:59 PM      Profile for CMOT Dibbler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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I remember The Muckrakers

It was called the muckraker and it was great.


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Le Téléspectateur
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posted 01 April 2008 01:15 PM      Profile for Le Téléspectateur     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm surprised that people are so upset about this. RCAF has not really been an effective satire group for a long, long time (unless there is a deeper ironic critique of satire that is lost on me).

It's jokes are usually along the lines of "doesn't the PM have a funny way of talking!" or "Canada's military is sooo small..." or "aren't all these politicians so craaaaaazy!!!, wooow!"


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Michelle
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posted 01 April 2008 01:51 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is it actually true? The story came out on April 1st. Is it possible that it was a joke?

That said, I don't really care. Well, I care in that it's kind of an institution, but it really isn't all that funny anymore.


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posted 01 April 2008 01:59 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
They are childish and boring and embarrassing and ought to have been euthanized long ago. There is no political satire in Canada, and they are (temporarily) living proof of that proposition.
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posted 01 April 2008 02:21 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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unionist: There is no political satire in Canada, and they are (temporarily) living proof of that proposition.

There's some. Mike Constable lives. However, he mostly does sculpture art (caricatures and the like) and cartooning. And there are others, of course.

[ 01 April 2008: Message edited by: N.Beltov ]


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posted 01 April 2008 03:05 PM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I always preferred the Frantics on radio to Air Farce. And Double Exposure's musical satires were brilliant and were sorely missed when they made their ill-fated transition to TV. I still remember some of the lyrics to "The Phantom of the Ottawa" (Trudeau: "You will obey me Jean, you have no choice...")

And Linda Cullen as Barbara McDougald singing Peggy Lee's "Is that all there is?" Brilliant stuff.

Air Farce tended to recycle the same gag over and over again and I tired of it years ago.


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posted 01 April 2008 03:07 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I agree with both Beltov and Mycroft, but we do need current live audio-visual satire, and my jokes (while admittedly brilliant) just won't cut it commercially.
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I don't find Rick Mercer as funny as he used to be. I think, unfortunately, he's lost his distance from most leading politicians and once you become friendly with them it's hard to really skewer them.

Go to You Tube and watch a few episodes of Australia's "The Chaser's War on Everything" to see what real biting satire is.

This is probably the ultimate in offensive parody right here:

code:

[ 01 April 2008: Message edited by: aka Mycroft ]


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posted 02 April 2008 08:01 AM      Profile for CMOT Dibbler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
There is no political satire in Canada, and they are (temporarily) living proof of that proposition.

What about This Hour Has 22 Minutes?


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M. Spector
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posted 02 April 2008 08:39 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tom Lehrer said that satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize.
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remind
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posted 02 April 2008 02:49 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:
...Well, I care in that it's kind of an institution, but it really isn't all that funny anymore.
It is way funnier than "My Name is Earl" of which we are being treated to a hour long production tomorrow.

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posted 02 April 2008 08:51 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
With Paris Hilton, never forget the Paris Hilton
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posted 03 April 2008 10:28 AM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The ceeb has never figured out how to do anything funny since "Kids inna Hall" or "Dead Dog Cafe." "This Hour" has been unbearable for about thirty years (or so it seems) and Libble Mosque is barely watchable. Fer gawds sake, it makes the beachcombers look edgy.
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posted 03 April 2008 10:31 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by Makwa:
The ceeb has never figured out how to do anything funny since "Kids inna Hall" or "Dead Dog Cafe." "This Hour" has been unbearable for about thirty years (or so it seems) and Libble Mosque is barely watchable. Fer gawds sake, it makes the beachcombers look edgy.

Agree 100%!


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posted 03 April 2008 10:36 AM      Profile for kropotkin1951   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A little current Tom King humour.


EGAD


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posted 03 April 2008 10:38 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The U.S. had edgier satire 45 years ago than we do today:


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