CBC Television Network

Let’s Call The Whole Thing Orff

Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1969 to 1970

Broadcast Medium: Television

Aired Saturday nights, before hockey, from September 18, 1971 to May 20, 1972
This half hour comedy/variety show was the last of a series of attempts by the CBC at sketch comedy and satire that included Comedy Cafe, Comedy Crackers and Zut! The only actor to appear on most of those shows was Barrie Baldaro, but that’s where the similarity ends.

This program, whose name was taken from a quotation in the Toronto Telegram, was yet another attempt to poke fun at Canada’s two solitudes, French and English. It lasted longer than most shows on CBC from the early Seventies, only to be canceled after one season. The show’s content may have had something to do with it: fast-paced sketches, gags and little else.

That said, it did feature a decent cast of performers from Quebec, including Yvon  Ducharme, Andre Boucher and singer France Castel. Peggy Mahon, Terrence Ross and Wally Martin filled out the line-up along with Barrie Baldaro.
Bill Weston was the executive producer for the show with scripts written by David Harriman and Al Boliska. The band was conducted by Francois Cousineau.

Written by John Corcelli – August, 2005