Fake news dominates the internet these days, and a pair of guys that have made a living out of fooling people on their show 'This is That' will bring their brand of humour to North Bay Friday night.
CBC Radio's Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring are on tour to entertain fans and promote a new satirical book called This is That: Travel Guide to Canada.
The book is described as "a hilariously outrageous parody of the travel guide genre and what it means to visit Canada."
"We're really excited about it," Oldring told BayToday by phone Thursday. "It's kind of an extension of some of the comedy that we have on the show. We decided we would make a comedic version of a Lonely Planet style travel guide. For people who are actually using it as their guide to travel Canada it might be a different trip than they are expecting."
The book takes readers on a farcical - and unbelievable - journey from coast to coast to coast.
It's also available as an audio book, something that came naturally.
"It was really fun for Pat and I to do the audio book. Obviously, we record so much stuff together but to be able to read the book together, that was a lot of fun. It seemed like a natural fit. We thought it might be fun for people to listen to in the car, maybe on a road trip," he laughed.
Oldring says the focus of tomorrow's show we be "peeling back the curtain in letting fans of the show see how our radio show comes together. Most people are surprised to know that Pat Kelly and myself do about 95 per cent of the voices they hear in the radio show and so for us it's a chance to have a little bit of fun, keep it pretty playful and improvise our way through how our radio show comes to be."
Oldring laughs when the pair is referred to as the Kings of Fake News.
"Fans of our show have reached out to us mainly because we haven't changed the tone of what we do since the beginning of our show. Those that listen to our show and enjoy it know that our primary goal is to approach it from a comedic view."
Can the two of you stand up to the other king of fake news Vladimir Putin, he's asked?
"That's impossible! We'll leave the real fake news to those guys."
Oldring and Kelly will be in North Bay at the Capitol Centre for their “150 Years of Canada” show tomorrow evening at 7:30.