Royal Canadian Air Farce cast member Don Ferguson was in the red chair on Monday night, and makes an appearance in our Best of the Week episode tonight, along with Paul Anka and a special tribute to Christopher Hitchens.
Don spoke to George about some unfortunate fashion choices from early in his career, and describes a trippy personal project he started in 1967. You can see more of Don on the annual Air Farce New Year's Special, airing New Year's Day at 8 p.m. on CBC.
In this clip, Don talks about ...
His once-questionable sense of fashion
"I didn't own a suit, so I had to go out and buy a suit ... but, I looked at this pattern, and I said, 'Well, make me a suit out of this stuff.' I thought I looked great. I've looked at it since, and I thought, this is like a businessman trying to pass as a clown, you know?"
His even more questionable - yet appropriately psychedelic - method of celebrating Canada's centennial in 1967
GS: I heard, and I can't believe this to be true, but in 1967 ... did you ... is that how you celebrated the ...?
DF: Well, everybody had Centennial projects, so I and a bunch of friends in Montreal decided we were going to do acid 100 times. And, uh, we only started part way though the year, so we had to finish it in '68. But we did do it.
GS: Not 100 at once, obviously... but over the course of a year, you did 100 hits of acid.
DF: Yeah. You couldn't do it much more than once every three days, because it just didn't have the effect on us ... well, no, it's a chemistry lesson. You had to come down before you could get back up again. So, that's how we did it! And, every so often, we'd actually miss and then we'd have to double up the next day.
GS: Did some of your best work come out of that one year?
DF: I don't know ... some of my best hallucinations definitely came out of that.