Hats off to the editors, producers and friends at Air Farce for turning that Tuesday night Roger Abbott tribute around on a dime. Founding Farcer Abbott, 64, died Saturday night after a private, 14-year battle with leukemia. CBC quickly responded with a tribute timeslot, but the original plan to re-air the most recent New Years’ Eve special didn’t have enough Abbott oomph for Air Farce insiders. A decision was reached at 4 p.m. Monday to hustle together a best-of clip special as a better way to pay homage to the beloved producer/comedian. While Abbott’s closest collaborators Don Ferguson and Luba Goy made the media rounds to speak about their loss, Farce forces literally worked around the clock to pull together the best of Abbott, including the hilarious bobsled sketch with John Morgan, as well as outtakes from the Farce DVDs of Abbott cracking up. Best of all, there was no sadness, all comedy, giving Abbott a chance to leave ’em laughing. Well done.
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