Actor Craig Lauzon reminisces about Air Farce and how it has shaped Canadian television.
Toronto – December 11, 2008
Actor, comedian and writer Craig Lauzon, best known for his caricatures of John Travolta, George Stroumboulopoulos and Stephen Harper, is grateful to be a part of Canadian television history when the final episode of Air Farce airs Wednesday, December 31, 2008.
“It has been such an honour to be involved with a group like the Royal Canadian Air Farce,” says Craig. “They are Canadian icons and just being around them has taught me so much.”
In addition to appearing on Air Farce, Craig also stars in a new darkly comic Canadian film Bull, recently screened at the Calgary International Film Festival and Montreal World Film Festival.
Filmed in Toronto, Lauzon plays the lead role – a hapless stockbroker who finds himself caught up in a twisted web with dangerous characters, persistent detectives, beautiful women wearing surprisingly little, not to mention mysterious and threatening individuals.
Written, produced and directed by Kent Tessman, Lauzon joins a great cast including Simon Reynolds (The Sentinel & Instant Star); Lindsey DeLuse, (Beautiful People & Victor); Maury Chaykin (Dances with Wolves & Entourage); Jeff Seymour (Jeff Ltd.); Lori Hallier (Days Of Our Lives & Star Trek: Voyager); and Ellen Dubin (Napoleon Dynamite & The Collector).
“The experience of making Bull was fantastic and now getting to see it with average and industry people alike really makes it complete,” says Craig. “Knowing viewers responded so positively to it makes it even better.”
Craig Lauzon has also been made a partner of East Hill Productions. The company gives filmmakers and television creators the tools and resources they need to make exceptional and original documentary, film, television and music. East Hill Productions created The Chiefs, which was voted #2 on ESPN‘s list of best hockey movies of all time.
An accomplished writer, he has received three Canadian Comedy Award nominations: one for Funniest New Play (The Chick and Cubby Comedy Hour); and two for Pretty Funny Writing – Television, for Ham I Am and Royal Canadian Air Farce. He also co-wrote the 2006 Gemini Industry Night gala events held in Toronto.
As a stage comedian, Lauzon has been nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Award and has performed at previous Gilda’s Club galas, The Canadian Comedy Awards, Raising The Roof, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, the Upper Canada Brew HaHa, We’re Funny That Way and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
Some of Lauzon’s other television credits include The Seán Cullen Show, Train 48, Much Music’s Video On Trial, Monster Warriors, The Toronto Show, Army Brats and Chez Carla.
Lauzon works with many other charities and causes, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps for Kids, and the Kidney Foundation’s Brush of Hope campaign.
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