This Is That

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This Is That
Genre Comedy
Running time approx. 27 min.
Country of origin Canada
Language(s) English
Home station CBC Radio One
Hosted by Pat Kelly
Peter Oldring
Created by Pat Kelly
Peter Oldring
Produced by Chris Kelly
Recording studio Vancouver, Canada
Original release July 2010 – present
Audio format Monophonic
Website This Is That
Podcast CBC Podcasts

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

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.

In the media[edit]

The program, whose style has been compared to The Onion, has drawn 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.[3]

In June 2010, the National Post reported as fact that CTV purchased the set of the NBC series Friends;[4] this, however, was a satirical story by This Is That.[5] Two years later, esteemed Canadian journalist Robert Fulford wrote an article for the National Post claiming that the show is "worth tuning in for".[6]

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.[7][8]

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."[9]

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.[7][10]

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.[11]


The program has won three Canadian Comedy Awards.[12][13] 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[14] and their fourth season won a bronze medal in the category of Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program at the same awards ceremony.[14]

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.[15]


  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. ^ James Brotheridge, It’s All Lies: Radio comedy goes newsy on This Is That. Prairie Dog Magazine, August 11, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "CTV Buys "Friends" Set". This is That. CBC Radio. June 28, 2010. Archived from the original on July 11, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Fulford, Robert (January 2, 2012). "This Is That is worth tuning in for". National Post. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ John Bowman (19 September 2013). "CBC Radio bilingual dog parody fools the internet". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Harper’s Magazine reports joke story as real, blames ‘nefarious CBC’". National Post, January 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "CBC Radio Satire On 'No-Ball' Soccer League Fools Everyone - SportsGrid". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  11. ^ Jonathan Jones. "Invisible art: the gallery hoax that shows how much we hate the rich". the Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  12. ^ 2011 Canadian Comedy Award Winners. Torontoist, October 18, 2011.
  13. ^ sifr4. "Canadian Comedy Awards Festival - Award Winners". Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  14. ^ a b "New York Festivals". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Andrew Phung, Peter Oldring, Wynonna Earp Digital, Secret Alberta doc win Canadian Screen Awards". Calgary Herald, March 9, 2018.

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