Summer might soon be over, but the real fun is just beginning. Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt as APTN premieres some of the craziest, quirkiest and just flat-out hysterical offerings by some of the funniest people in the country this fall.

The much-anticipated sketch comedy, Bionic Bannock Boys, kicks off the season with a Sept. 7 premiere, featuring the self-proclaimed “medicine men of Aboriginal comedy”, Keon Francis, Sean Dean and Cory Generoux, who practise their wild ways to tickle the funny bone because “laughter is good medicine”.

And just to make sure the hijinks continue, we’ll follow up with a brand-new season of one of our all-time viewer faves: the bizarre and sometimes (OK, always) nutty,Caution: May Contain Nuts. This edgy sketch comedy series is led by a fearless multiracial cast, including Sheldon Elter (ofCanadian Idol fame), where nothing is off limits. Viewer discretion is definitely advised.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ll also premiere The Candy Show, a variety show named after the real live Candy show: Candy Palmater herself. The youngest of seven children born to a Mi’kmaq father and non-Aboriginal mother, Palmater grew up among bikers and bodybuilders in Northern New Brunswick.

A self-described recovering lawyer and government bureaucrat, she created The Candy Show by tapping into her rich resource of personal and work experiences.

The Candy Show achieves high marks for humour and entertainment while not shying away from serious topics or controversial issues. In the style of David Letterman (but not!), The Candy Show delivers top entertainment and interviews (including one interview per show that takes place on Candy’s pink bed).

And to make sure we have something for everyone, APTN’s fan favourite, Arbor Live, makes its return Sept. 7 with a new season featuring host Stevie Salas and more live musical performances, in-depth artist interviews and hilarious comedic backstage antics with featured artists.

This season, Salas will be joined by comedic director “Steelbird” and his “assistant”, real life movie star Eric Schweig.

Family fare is at its best as three-time Gemini-award-winning Wapos Bayreturns for a fifth and final season, featuring the voices of Andrea Menard, Lorne Cardinal and Gordon Tootoosis.

The APTN fall launch gets a little more serious with the September premieres of new seasons of the network’s two investigative news shows. Join longtime APTN National News and Current Affairs investigative reporter, host and producer Cheryl McKenzie on Sept. 10 for the Season 2 premiere of APTN InFocus.

She’ll put the news that viewers want to see “in focus”, providing in-depth analysis to give the “story behind the story”.

Then tune in on Sept. 17 as McKenzie asks the tough questions about “Toxic Overflow” for the Season 2 premiere of APTN Investigates.

Next month: Get fit, go fishing with someone famous, learn about building practices around the world, and watch Sex in the City Mohawk style … it’s all coming your way in October.

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