Air Farce jets back for another year-ender

 Looking for what to watch this New Year’s Eve?
Taped in Toronto earlier this month, the 20th annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special (8 p.m. ET, CBC) goes Stephen Harper Style. A slimmed-down Craig Lauzon goes Gangnan as Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a “Farce Films” sketch.

Henderson gives Lauzon a thumbs up as Grapes

The special features several guest stars, including Team Canada goal scorer Paul Henderson, plus George Stroumbuolopoulos, Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries) and Olympic trampoline champion Rosie MacLennan. Plus there are the annual F-Bomb targets, with Toronto’s in-and-out mayor Rob Ford sure to be in range.
Had the good fortune to attend the taping and it was fun to see Arnold Pinnock, who joined the cast last year, crack everybody up during the Murdoch sketch.
Canadians love these annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve salutes. Last year’s comedy hour was the highest-rated CBC special of the season.

At 8 p.m., CBC repeats the 22 Minutes holiday special on Monday, New Year’s Eve, at 8 p.m. ET, worth a second look if just for that animated parody of the classic National Film Board of Canada short The Sweater. In the original version, based on the Roch Carrier short story, a young Quebeclad dreams of a new Canadiens’ hockey jersey. In the new, a child of the lockout era receives the modern equivalent—a Gary Bettman business suit.

At 9 p.m., Cape Breton-native Ron James returns with another New Year’s Eve dose of stand up and satire. His Friday night CBC series returns for a fourth season Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m.

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