May 30, 1946 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Occupation||actor, writer, and producer|
Don Ferguson (born May 30, 1946) is a Canadian actor, writer, and producer and is one of the stars of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. He and Dave Broadfoot were the only Canadian-born original cast members of Air Farce. In 1998, Ferguson and the original Air Farce cast of Roger Abbott, Luba Goy, and John Morgan received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.
His many Air Farce roles include parodies of Paul Martin, Pierre Trudeau, Ron MacLean, Jack Layton, Joe Clark, Preston Manning, Stockwell Day, Rex Murphy, Lucien Bouchard, Bill Clinton, Brian Mulroney, Vladimir Putin, Bob Dylan, Mike Myers and John Kerry. Many of these portrayals involve Ferguson as the 'straight man' to the more eccentric personalities played by Roger Abbott.
Don Ferguson is a graduate from Loyola High School, Loyola College, now Concordia University, in Montreal, with an Honours English degree, and afterward worked in radio and as an audio-visual producer and photographer until he discovered that he preferred comedy writing and performing. He has written and directed documentary programs for CBC, a science-fiction series for radio, a political farce for the stage, ("Skin Deep"), and a stage drama about the World War II raid of Dieppe. Don Ferguson is a widely popular Canadian after-dinner entertainer, and an enthusiastic sailor.
Ferguson starred in the 2004 situation comedy XPM. In 2011 and 2012 he produced two seasons of Comedy Bar, a sketch comedy series for Bite TV. He previously produced a similar series, SketchCom, in the late 1990s. Ferguson was also a producer on the various Air Farce television series since 2004 and has been the executive producer of the annual Air Farce New Year's Eve specials since 2010.
Fair Vote Canada - 'Doctor' Don Ferguson prescribes a cure for Canada's Electoral Dysfunction. As the star of a doctor skit, in a citizen's driven group, he prescribes a cure for some of the failings of the country's current Single Member Plurality (SMP) voting system (sometimes called First Past the Post, FPTP).
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