The Farce was with the entire studio audience last night as CBC's Air Farce Live signed off with their 15th season finale. Eleven more episodes next fall and the troupe will pack their sets, wigs and wardrobe trunks and shuffle off to TV history.
The hour-long show ended with an extended and heartening standing ovation for the seven-member troupe. Producer/performers Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson announced earlier this week that they would bring the series to a halt after one more half season.
Abbott seemed relieved it was all over after a grueling, 22-episode, all live schedule. "We wanted to go out while the news still made the 'above the fold,' not as three lines buried in the back of the newspaper," he said after the show. He and Ferguson had pretty much always planned to bow out this spring after signing a three year deal in 2005. The 11 final episodes this fall gives them a well deserved victory lap.
The performers seemed genuinely moved by the applause on what had to be an emotional night. Abbott called it "historic," but he was referring to the live blast from the fabled chicken cannon, a tricky effects segment taped in previous years. The main target last night were goalie goons Patrick Roy and his equally hot-headed son Jonathan, with pucks, sour grapes and an octopus part of the cannon fodder; police are still searching for the squid out on John St.
Here are some photos of the Farce season farewell:
Costello, Abbott, Costello Jr. Abbott still has his eye brows penciled in from that last sketch. I could use a little wardrobe and makeup.
On the way out, Dan and Erik check out the CBC bulletin board posted outside the ground floor elevator. "Employees first!" it says. "Here's the latest!" The message was blank. Guess nothing happened this week.