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Comedy Factory


Comedy Factory

If a joke's worth telling, it's worth repeating.  Comedy Factory host Jane Testar collects our favourite skits, commentaries and funny bits that appeared on CBC Radio over the past week. It's an assembly line of humour, safety-tested and priced to move!

Updated: Tuesdays
Download episodes from this podcast for: 6 months


Featured Podcast

Listen to the entire series

Hillary McBride and her clients want to help demystify mental health. No actors. No auditions. No artifice.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:55]

Featured Podcast

The housing crisis

A CBC Vancouver original podcast that explores how foreign investment in real estate divides community, class and culture.

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[mp3 file: runs00:02:26]

Featured Podcast

Panic in Toronto

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about what happened in Toronto on Monday.

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[mp3 file: runs01:12:57]

Featured Podcast

Get a taste of Mic Drop

Teens have a lot to say about this complicated world -- are you listening? Check out the trailer.

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[mp3 file: runs00:01:16]

All podcast episodes

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Jane's Public Service Announcement

Be Alert! Your phone is about to freak out on you. And not because the pic you posted of your cat is sooooooooo cute. Punching up, Art swapping, a new royal baby, and maybe the birth of a new Indigenous national holiday?

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[mp3 file: runs 00:15:25]

A Sensory Experience

From peanut butter, to restaurants in the dark, to smudging, Opera, and Facebook. We've got everything to set your senses on fire!

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[mp3 file: runs 00:20:57]

Cash Money

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore" Sweden hates cash, Lorne Cardinal LOVES it, Don Kelly finds value in hunting, and we get that last of Rick Mercer's two cents.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:14:35]

Spring: Nature's Reboot

What once was old is new again. Have the television reboots gone too far? Whales, gratitude, Nickelback and Plogging.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:16]

When Queenie Met Shaggy

The Queen will enjoy the song stylings of Shaggy for her birthday, Canada enjoyed the song stylings of...the music industry this past weekend, Don Kelly rode a dinosaur (sorta), Rick Mercer has had it with data mining, and a double dose of Charlie Demers.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:25]

Old Grey Mare...

Themes of going grey, and getting too old...to use a smartphone. Plus, our Premier's official residence has seen better days (listen closely as Jane mistakenly refers to it as 22 Sussex Drive *sigh*). Plus, a short but sweet tribute to comedian Mike MacDonald.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:22]

There's a New Tariff in Town

After Jane explains proposed tariffs on aluminium and steel to you, you will somehow understand them LESS. One thing she DOES understand? Canadian Heritage Minutes. Big time.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:15:15]

She Got Robbed

Post-Oscars. Post-winter? Post haste!

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[mp3 file: runs 00:15:15]

Budget An Inch

It's budget week, but we're splurging. Debaters,Olympics, Because News, Rick Mercer, weird trips to India, Don Kelly and only one joke about male anatomy.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:52]

These Foolish Games

...are tearing me apart. Especially after Virtue and Moir's last ice dance. I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:13:34]

Lovers in a Paperless Time

It's Valentine's Day week! What does a modern lover do for their beloved? How do couples look at money? What's in a name? Can we find love and happiness in Nova Scotia? What would Fifty Shades of Grey be like in Canada?

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[mp3 file: runs 00:14:53]

Where No One Has Gone Before...Again

Communicating with whales, groundhogs, mascots, and horny Olympians might be just as difficult as communicating with the Romulans. (Jane may or may not have fallen down a Netflix Star Trek hole this week)

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[mp3 file: runs 00:15:55]

Ya Filthy Animals

From dogs at the deli,to enhanced camels, to the unwashed parkas of Canada.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:52]

Canadian Hygge

Host Jane Testar, the world's youngest cranky old lady, looks for comfort and togetherness like the Danes do, but with coffee, hockey, and all of the carbs and sugar (sorry Whole 30-ers). Oh, and also poop jokes.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:18:45]

Bill of Health

Apparently Donald Trump is perfectly healthy. His presidency? Less so. What's the big fat deal? Host Jane Testar tells you.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:13:08]

Sudafed Up

It's week two of Jane's cold. Jen Hayward is trying to stay healthy. Is beef or chicken the better option? And are you ingesting enough helium?

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[mp3 file: runs 00:12:41]

Cold Snapped

Isn't it nice to go from ridiculously cold to normal cold temperatures? Let us bask in the relative warmth as we enter 2018!

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[mp3 file: runs 00:14:36]

Winter Clean Up

NO STAR WARS SPOILERS. Fear not. For fear leads to anger...anger leads to hate...hate leads to suffering. Jane cleans the annoying parts of 2017...out of 2017.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:15:50]

2017 Rating: 1 Star

If 2017 were on Yelp, no one would darken its door.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:13:25]

Sign the Pledge

Consider avoiding holiday eating remorse the way you should avoid the malls on Saturdays. Both lead to insanity.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:52]

Holiday Budget

Keep off the web, avoid the "sales", cut down on the boozing, trim redundant government employees and stop policing free thought in institutions of learning. IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:15:42]

Aaaaand They're Off!

The holiday season has begun. In what new ways will we annoy each other this year? WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!?!?!? Warning: Some DISCUSSION of birthday suits

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[mp3 file: runs 00:13:44]

Food and Fights

What's your favourite snack food? Ready to fight over it? There might be better things to fight about ex: human rights and the minimum wage!

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[mp3 file: runs 00:15:26]


Some of you are colour blind. And it has Jane seeing red.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:19:39]

The Smashing Pumpkins (not the band)

Okay, seriously. We can all stop talking about Halloween...after this episode.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:00:32]