Dave Broadfoot, Canadian comedian, Died at 90


Dave Broadfoot was born on December 5, 1925 , in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and died on November 1, 2016.

He was a Canadian comedian and satirist.

He was best known for his performances on the Royal Canadian Air Farce.

When he left high school in 1943 and joined the merchant navy, serving until 1947.

Dave took part in community theatre in Vancouver, then eventually gravitating towards comedy.

Broadfoot relocated to Toronto in 1952 and for ten years was a writer and performer in the stage revues Spring Thaw and The Big Review.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he appeared on several CBC television shows, including The Big Revue, the Wayne and Shuster Show, and Comedy Café, on the Ed Sullivan Show in the U.S. in 1955, and on radio with Funny You Should Say That.

Dave was a member of the radio version of the Royal Canadian Air Farce, from 1973 to 1993.

Broadfoot retired from regular performing when the troupe moved to television, although he continued to appear on the show as an occasional guest star, including the TV series finale in 2008.

Upon leaving Air Farce, Broadfoot toured comedy clubs and appeared at the Just for Laughs festival.

Broadfoot also starred in the 1998 comedy special, Old Enough To Say What I Want, and two years later in Old Dog, New Tricks, winning Gemini Awards for both.

He then starred in the short-run sitcom XPM.

Broadfoot received several ACTRA and Juno awards and was an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dave Broadfoot received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement for his work in broadcasting, in 2003.

Dave also did voices for two animated Christmas specials George and the Christmas Star and Bluetoes the Christmas Elf.

Dave Broadfoot passed away at 90 years old.