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Don Ferguson


B: May 30, 1946 in Montréal, Québec

Don Ferguson grew up in Montreal and graduated from Loyola College, now part of Concordia University. He then worked in radio, and as an audio-visual producer and photographer. In 1970 he was hired to photograph an improv group, The Jest Society. Founded by John Morgan and Martin Bronstein, along with Gay Claitman, Roger Abbott and Patrick Conlon, when the troupe moved to Toronto in 1971, Conlon decided to stay in Montreal. Don was invited to join the Society, along with Luba Goy and Dave Broadfoot. They made their CBC Radio debut on Dec. 9, 1973 as The Royal Canadian Air Farce. They turned their radio success into a one hour special on CBC-TV in October, 1980 and that led the CBC to commission a 10 week series, which began airing in February 1981. They also produced specials in 1982 and 1983, but retreated from TV until New Years Eve 1992. On October 8, 1993 they went weekly and remained a fixture of Canadian television comedy until 2008.