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CODCO was a Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian troupe that aired on CBC from 1988-1992. This show is a pun on this theatre troupe's origins. Founded as a theatrical revue in the early 1970s in the island-province of Newfoundland, CODCO draws on the province's cultural history of self-deprecating "Newfie" humour, frequently focusing on the cod fishing industry.
From these roots, CODCO subsequently developed a half-hour, television comedy program of the same name, for national broadcast, produced in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's regional studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and on location in St. John's, Newfoundland.
CODCO's pointed satire takes aim at regional differences, national assumptions, politics, sexism, gender roles, gay codes and television genres. The general format of CODCO's satire is sketch comedy, with sets, costumes and make-up that replicate the sources under attack.
The CODCO members' theatrical roots trained them to shape detailed caricatures, with nuances that dismantle not only the conventions of the source personas and genres but also the ideologies of a medium colonized by commercialism.
Spun from the collective writing and acting skills of the members, and ably directed by the experienced John Blanchard and David Acomba, the CODCO members' sketches show the tightness of well rehearsed scene studies, rather than the loose burlesque of Saturday Night Live.
CODCO was produced by Salter Street Films.
Show Description Credit: Wikipedia
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|Last Airing||Jan 01, 1992|
|Premiere||January 1, 1988|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Mary Walsh.... Herself
Andy Jones.... Himself
Greg Malone.... Himself
Tommy Sexton.... Himself
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