There was a time in Torontoist’s early adolescence when Must See TV meant Friday night on CBC to see who the Chicken Cannon Target of the Week was – to our 12-year-old sense of humour, the Royal Canadian Air Farce was the pinnacle of biting political satire. Plus, we loved Luba Goy from that time she was on The Elephant Show. And it wasn’t just us – our entire grade 7 class would be quoting choice sketches on Monday morning. The show made us feel smart and politically informed, and when we got a joke, everyone had to know about it.
Air Farce is still going strong. The cast has some fresh blood (Jessica Holmes’ Liza Minelli impression gets us every time), but the old standbys are still reassuringly present. The show tapes every Thursday night at 6:30 and 9:00 at the CBC, and tickets are free. It’s always a fun night out – the energy of the live cast is quite different from how it reads on tv, and the jokes are funnier when you’re surrounded by a few hundred people who are just tickled to be in an actual tv studio (and admit it – you’re pretty tickled too).