This Is That was a news satire program broadcast on CBC Radio, which aired comedic news stories presented in the style of a real CBC Radio public affairs program.[1]

This Is That
Running timeapprox. 27 min.
Country of originCanada
Home stationCBC Radio One
Hosted byPat Kelly
Peter Oldring
Created byPat Kelly
Peter Oldring
Produced byChris Kelly
Recording studioVancouver, Canada
Original releaseJuly 2010 –
December 2018
Audio formatMonophonic
WebsiteThis Is That
PodcastCBC Podcasts

The program began as a summer replacement in 2010,[1] returned in the summer of 2011, and was added to the regular schedule in the fall of 2011.[2] It is hosted by Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring, and produced by Chris Kelly.

The This Is That team have also produced comedy videos for the CBC's web comedy platform CBC Comedy.[3]

In September 2018, the This Is That team announced that its 13 new episodes in fall 2018 would be the show's final season.[3] The show's series finale was a live and improvised special from the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on December 22, 2018.[4]

In the 2019 Canadian federal election, Kelly and Oldring produced a number of short-format This Is That segments for the network's morning news series The Current.[5][6][7][8]

In the media


The program, whose style has been compared to The Onion, drew phone calls from listeners who did not realize that they were listening to a comedy program and took the content seriously;[1] Oldring and Kelly admit to having been surprised that listeners would be fooled.[9]

In June 2010, the National Post reported as fact that CTV purchased the set of the NBC series Friends;[10] this, however, was a satirical story by This Is That.[11] Two years later, Canadian journalist Robert Fulford wrote an article for the National Post claiming that the show is "worth tuning in for".[12]

Also in 2012, Public Radio International reported as fact a This Is That story that dogs in Montreal would have to know commands in both English and French by law.[13][14]

In early 2013, Harper's reported as fact a This Is That story in which a Canadian student "sued her university for failing to accommodate her allergies to cactuses, escalators, tall people, and mauve."[15]

In September of the same year, several media organizations, including USA Today and the Washington Times, reported on a story about an U-11 organization that had decided to play soccer without a ball to remove competition from the game.[13][16]

In 2014, Jonathan Jones at The Guardian wrote an article analyzing the satire in their story about a New York artist creating invisible art and selling it for millions.[17]



The program has won three Canadian Comedy Awards.[18][19] Their comedy special "The Christmas Letter" won a gold medal in the category of Best Comedy Special at the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Awards[20] and their fourth season won a bronze medal in the category of Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program at the same awards ceremony.[20]

At the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018, Oldring won the award for Best Actor in a Web Program or Series for his performance in the show's CBC Comedy video series.[21]


  1. ^ a b c Natasha Lederman, CBC Radio satirical show 'This Is That' sparks as much outrage as laughs. The Globe and Mail, June 21, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  2. ^ CBC Radio One Releases Fall Lineup. Broadcaster, September 6, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "After 9 seasons, This Is That says farewell (seriously)". This Is That, September 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "This Is That: The Live, Improvised, and Last Episode". CBC Radio. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  5. ^ @TheCurrentCBC (September 25, 2019). "SATIRE" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ @TheCurrentCBC (October 3, 2019). "SATIRE" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ @TheCurrentCBC (October 18, 2019). "@thepatkelly @poldring @CBCThisIsThat If you missed our latest election satire instalment (and we must stress the S…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ @TheCurrentCBC (October 21, 2019). "@CBCThisIsThat @thepatkelly @poldring Listen to our final This is That election segment here:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ James Brotheridge, It’s All Lies: Radio comedy goes newsy on This Is That Archived March 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Prairie Dog Magazine, August 11, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  10. ^ Vu, Liem (June 29, 2010). "CTV purchases the set from 'Friends' (well, according to 'This Is That')". National Post. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "CTV Buys "Friends" Set". This is That. CBC Radio. June 28, 2010. Archived from the original on July 11, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Fulford, Robert (January 2, 2012). "This Is That is worth tuning in for". National Post. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  13. ^ a b CBC Radio show strikes again with ball-less soccer satire, by John Bowman, at (via; published September 6, 2013; archived October 3, 2013; retrieved March 9, 2015
  14. ^ John Bowman (September 19, 2013). "CBC Radio bilingual dog parody fools the internet". Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Harper’s Magazine reports joke story as real, blames ‘nefarious CBC’". National Post, January 14, 2013.
  16. ^ "CBC Radio Satire On 'No-Ball' Soccer League Fools Everyone - SportsGrid". Archived from the original on September 7, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  17. ^ Jonathan Jones. "Invisible art: the gallery hoax that shows how much we hate the rich". the Guardian. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  18. ^ 2011 Canadian Comedy Award Winners. Torontoist, October 18, 2011.
  19. ^ sifr4. "Canadian Comedy Awards Festival - Award Winners". Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ a b "New York Festivals". Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  21. ^ "Andrew Phung, Peter Oldring, Wynonna Earp Digital, Secret Alberta doc win Canadian Screen Awards". Calgary Herald, March 9, 2018.