Dave Broadfoot

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For the radio officer on the Princess Victoria, see David Broadfoot.

Dave Broadfoot (born December 5, 1925 in North Vancouver) is a Canadian comedian.[1] In 1943, he joined the merchant navy serving until 1947.[1] He gained experience for a professional career in theatre by working community theatre, eventually gravitating towards comedy.

For ten years he was a writer and performer in the influential stage revue Spring Thaw.[2] From 1973 to 1993 he was a member of the radio version of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. He 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 addition to stand-up routines in the traditional format, Broadfoot has created a number of recurring characters[3] including, most notably:

  • Big Bobby Clobber, a professional hockey player who seemed to have taken a few too many hits or else was not very sharp to begin with.
  • David J. Broadfoot, the Honourable Member of Parliament for Kicking Horse Pass, representing the New Apathetic Party. (Kicking Horse Pass is a mountain pass in the Canadian Rockies with a negligible population.)
  • Sgt. Renfrew of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Broadfoot performed this character for the RCMP on a number of occasions, receiving a 'promotion' each time.[4] As of 2004, he was an honorary Sergeant-Major.

Broadfoot also starred in the short-run sitcom XPM. He has received several ACTRA and Juno awards and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2003, Mr. Broadfoot received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement for his work in broadcasting.[5] He is the author of an autobiography, Old Enough to Say What I Want (ISBN 0-7710-1657-3). He retired in 2005.

He also did voices for two animated Christmas specials George and the Christmas Star and Bluetoes the Christmas Elf and made a guest appearance as a hospital patient in the hit TV series Puppets Who Kill.


  1. ^ a b Erickson, Annette. "Dave Broadfoot". Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Ottawa Citizen. "Spring Thaw's 17th edition is now cast". January 4, 1964, Entertainment p. 3. Retrieved on May 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Brownstein, Bill. "Air Farce veteran Broadfoot commandeers La Diligence". Montreal Gazette, August 9, 1986, p. C-3. Retrieved on May 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Broadfoot, Dave (July 1, 2006). "Dave Broadfoot's Canada". Smile of the Day (blog). Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dave Broadfoot - biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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