I attended night two of the taping earlier this month and found the gang in fine form, although most, including the crew, admitted it was a bit hard to shake off the rust after years as a once-a-week comedy machine in order to do these once-a-year wonders.
|Corrin and Park go Gaga over Bieber|
Jessica Holmes, a no-show last year, returns to the Farce for a couple of sketches but wasn't at the taping I attended. She goofs on Celine Dion and the new twins, 'natch. More front and centre is Penelope Corrin, who pulls on a Justin Bieber comb-over wig for a sketch with Park, outrageous as Lady Gaga.
The Farce guck things up toward the end with their F-Bomb, a Chicken Cannon for the new millennium that splats targets all over the studio floor. Comedy isn't always pretty.
Special guest tonight is Lloyd Robertson, about to enter Year Two of his victory lap. The veteran CTV News anchor was saluted after the sketch by Abbott, who noted the many years Robertson also read the news on CBC (over 50 years between the two networks.) Ageless Robertson looked like he could go another 50 and seemed happy to kid himself. He got a big hand from the studio audience.
|Ron James with Brampton Queen Scott Thompson|
James shtick is pretty demanding, especially the intricacies of his word play, all strung together with a Cape Cod lilt. It is that unique aspect of James act that Park targets on tonight's Air Farce sketch. Park was going for an impersonation that James himself will both love and hate and I'm pretty sure he hit a bulls eye.
In any event, the comedy New Year's tradition continues at CBC and it is one Canadians seem to cherish. One year ago, the total audience number for the Air Farce New Year's special, factoring in PVR viewing, topped two million. Let the Farce be with them all again this year.