If you want an example of just how surreal things have become in Canada's largest city, look no further than this clip from the debut episode of "Ford Nation" on the Sun News Network.
In a segment near the end of the new, hour-long program hosted by embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, the duo plays a recent clip from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
At a press conference last week with his wife Renata by his side, Ford apologized for his "unforgivable" language and said he acted on impulse after a stressful week.
"I would ask you please respect my family's privacy," the contrite-sounding mayor told reporters.
But Ford didn't seem quite as upset Monday night.
In fact, as the cameras cut to both brothers, they were shown laughing at the Stewart clip and seemingly unable to keep a straight face.
After, Rob Ford again apologized for his "inappropriate comment" and said once again that he is happily married to his wife.
"It was a pretty stressful week and there's no excuse for it," Rob Ford said. "I don't use excuses and cop-outs, so, again, I made a mistake so we're going to move on and talk about our record."
Doug Ford sarcastically said he was "shocked" to hear his brother make an off-the-cuff comment. More laughs.
But let's just take a step back and think about how unusual all of this is.
Councillor Janet Davis tells reporters that Rob Ford's remarks were "repugnant" and disgusting, but an accurate reflection of his true personality.
"I think the veneer has finally come off Mayor Rob Ford. You're now seeing the real Rob Ford," Davis says. "This is a guy who's kept this locker room side of him in check and it’s now becoming clear."
Then, Rob Ford apologizes at a press conference with his wife, a woman who is rarely seen in public. He appeals for privacy, but then drags his wife through a pool of reporters instead of taking a back door.
Then, a major U.S. comedian mocks him in a clip that has been shared around the world.
Then, just days later, Ford replays that very clip — replays his "unforgivable" language — on a television show that he now hosts.
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Renata Ford attends a news conference as her husband Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media on Thursday November 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Mayor Rob Ford's wife Renata Ford, centre, is escorted to her car by staff after attending a press conference with her husband at city hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Mayor Rob Ford's wife Renata Ford, second left, is escorted to her car by staff after attending a press conference with her husband at city hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands at an elevator door as he tries to escort his wife Renata out of a news conference on Thursday November 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (centre) jostles with the media as he tries to escort his wife Renata (left) out of a news conference in Toronto on Thursday November 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Rob Ford on election day at his family's (mom and dad's) home in Toronto on October 25, 2010, watching as the results come up on the TV announcing him as the winner, and shortly afterwards, hearing that his brother Doug won as well. Hugs from his mother, Diane, and his wife Renata.This is when he found out his brother had won as well. Renata, Rob's wife, threw her arms up, as did mom, Diane, at left. (Photo by Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Mayor-elect Rob Ford being greeted by his supporters and making his speech at theToronto Congress Centre in Toronto on October 25, 2010, after winning the election. This is where he said the win was for his father. Mom, Diane, is left and wife Renata is right. (Photo by Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Rob Ford on election day at his family's (mom and dad's) home in Toronto on October 25, 2010, watching as the results come up on the TV announcing him as the winner, and shortly afterwards, hearing that his brother Doug won as well. Hugs and kisses immediately followed with his wife Renata. (Photo by Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Mayor Rob Ford gets a kiss from his wife Renata at city hall council chambers as he was officially sworn in as new mayor of Toronto Dec. 7, 2010.(Photo by Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)
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<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/08/sarah-thomson-rob-ford-facebook-photo_n_2836245.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">In March, former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson accused Rob Ford of grabbing her behind</a> while at an event. She <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/11/sarah-thomson-rob-ford-cocaine_n_2853183.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">later suggested the mayor was so out of it that she wondered if he was on cocaine. Ford has denied the accusations.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/26/rob-ford-court-ruling-toronto_n_2191814.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">In November of 2012, an Ontario Superior Court Judge ordered Rob Ford to be removed from office</a> for violating Toronto's Conflict-of-Interest Act. The ruling stemmed from Ford's participation in a council vote to recommend he repay donations that he solicited for his private football foundation using official city letterhead. After weeks of uncertainty about who would replace Ford, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/25/rob-ford-appeal-granted_n_2547358.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">mayor won his appeal</a>, allowing him to remain in power.
<A href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/rob-ford-football">Ford's role as coach of a high school football team</a> has repeatedly landed him in hot water. From a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/05/rob-ford-ttc-bus-football_n_2076761.html">city bus used to ferry the team home</a> after a reported brawl, to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/16/rob-ford-to-testify-today_n_2143353.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">missed council meetings and court appearances</a>, Ford's gridiron exploits have made headlines again and again. Despite the controversy, Ford has maintained that he's not giving up his other job to focus on running the city.
Winnipeg, Windsor, What's The Difference?
On a trade mission to Chicago, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/19/rob-ford-chicago-winnipeg-windsor_n_1896249.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford infamously confused Winnipeg and Windsor</a>, a verbal stumble that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/22-minutes-rob-ford-video_n_1913744.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">prompted chuckles on both sides of the border</a>.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/21/rob-ford-fall-gif-video_n_2170653.html">A video clip of Ford falling</a> while attempting to throw a football at a Grey Cup event was quickly turned into GIF image that went viral.
Driving Mr. Ford
In October of 2012, a photo hit the web of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/14/rob-ford-reading-driving-car-gardiner_n_1776183.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford reading while driving</a>. The mayor admitted to doing it, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/21/rob-ford-driver-toronto_n_1819165.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">refused to hire a driver</a>, despite pleas from the police and political allies. The incident was far from the first Fordian fail on the road. The mayor has also been <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/07/26/ford-calls-alleged-middle-finger-incident-with-motorist-a-%E2%80%98misunderstanding%E2%80%99/">accused of giving a motorist the finger while driving</a> and has admitted that he <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/19/ford-marijuana-possession-charge489.html">pleaded guilty to refusing to provide a breath sample</a> after driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida.
A photo hit the web in September of 2012 of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/26/rob-ford-nazi-photo_n_1707326.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford posing with a neo-Nazi</a> dressed in a foreign military uniform. Ford explained that he was unaware of the man's political beliefs. At least <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/26/rob-ford-neo-nazi-picture_n_1708329.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">one major Jewish group said it was satisfied the mayor meant no harm</a>.
Cut The Waist
For several months in 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/18/rob-ford-weight-diet-toronto-ankle_n_1606268.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford took part in a very public weight-loss campaign</a>. Weigh-ins staged before the press meant the mayor had nowhere to hide, and after some initial success, he actually started putting on pounds. Ford admitted to giving up soon after.
Confrontation With Reporter
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/02/rob-ford-toronto-mayor-star-reporter_n_1472929.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford called the police in May of 2012 and alleged that Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale trespassed on his property</a>. Dale denied the allegations and said Ford approached him with a raised fist. Ford would subsequently refuse to speak with reporters from the Star or to co-operate with the paper in any way.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/18/rob-ford-gay-pride-parade-toronto_n_1434581.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford has twice bucked tradition and refused to attend Toronto's Pride parade</a>, prompting widespread criticism.
Calling The Cops On Marg
Late in 2011, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/10/24/rob-ford-cops-cbc_n_1029601.html?utm_hp_ref=robford">Ford called the police after Marg Delahunty (Mary Walsh) and the crew of CBC's satirical show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" showed up at his home</a>. While other politicians have reacted with laughter when approached by Delahunty, Ford said the "ambush" at his family home crossed the line.