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Rick Mercer

Birth name Richard Vincent Mercer
Born October 17, 1969 (1969-10-17) (age 38)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Official site RickMercer.com

Richard Vincent "Rick" Mercer (born October 17, 1969 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador), is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and occasionally, a blogger. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Nickname: Motto: Avancez (Go forward) Coordinates: , Country Province Established August 5, 1583 by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I Government  - City Mayor Andy Wells  - Governing body St. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Nickname: Motto: Avancez (Go forward) Coordinates: , Country Province Established August 5, 1583 by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I Government  - City Mayor Andy Wells  - Governing body St. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Political satire is a subgenre of general satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics, politicians and public affairs. ...


Mercer first came to national attention in 1990, when he premiered his one-man show Show Me the Button, I'll Push It, or Charles Lynch Must Die at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. A pointed, satirical political commentary on Canadian life after Meech Lake, Show Me the Button made Mercer a national star as he toured the show across Canada. Charles Burchill Lynch, LL.D, O.C. (3 December 1919 – 21 July 1994) was a Canadian journalist and author. ... The Great Canadian Theatre Company, known for short as GCTC, is a professional theatre company based in Ottawa,Canada established in 1975. ... This article is about the capital city of Canada. ... The Meech Lake Accord was a set of failed amendments to the Constitution of Canada negotiated in 1987 by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the provincial premiers, including Robert Bourassa, premier of Quebec. ...


He dropped out of high school before completing his diploma requirements and was given an honorary one.[1]

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Television shows

This Hour Has 22 Minutes

In 1992, he created and performed his second show, I've Killed Before, I'll Kill Again, which was also a popular touring show. Also in that year, he began to work with former CODCO members Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh, and with fellow Newfoundlander Greg Thomey, to create a new television series for CBC Television which became This Hour Has 22 Minutes. CODCO was a Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian troupe that aired on CBC from 1988-1992. ... Cathy Jones as Mrs Enid. ... Mary Walsh as Marg Princess Warrior alongside politician Stephen Harper. ... Greg Thomey was born in May 8, 1961 in St. ... CBC Television is a Canadian English language television network. ... This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a weekly Canadian television comedy that airs on CBC Television. ...


In the first eight seasons of 22 Minutes, Mercer provided some of the show's signature moments, including having lunch at a Harvey's fast food restaurant with then Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and an Internet petition (on the 22 Minutes website) to force Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day to change his first name to Doris. Harveys Restaurant in Ottawa Harveys is a fast food restaurant chain that operates in nine Canadian provinces. ... Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien, usually known as Jean Chrétien, PC, QC, BA, BCL, LLD (h. ... The Canadian Alliance, formally the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, was a Canadian conservative political party that existed from 2000 to 2003. ... Stockwell Burt Day Jr. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924)[1] is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ...


Mercer's unscripted two-minute "rants", in which he would speak directly to the camera about a current political issue, quickly became the show's signature segment. In 1998, he published a book, Streeters, which compiled many of his most famous 22 Minutes rants. It quickly became a national bestseller. In 2007 he published his second book, Rick Mercer Report: The Book.


Talking to Americans

Rick Mercer on "Talking to Americans"

One of Mercer's trademark comedy routines on 22 Minutes was Talking to Americans, in which he would travel to a major American city or institution and conduct on-the-street interviews with average Americans regarding Canadian politics, the weather, etc., often with hilarious results as the subject's ignorance about Canada was illustrated. One famous example saw Mercer asking Americans' opinion on whether Canada should change its "20 Hour Clock" to the 24 hour one used by the United States. He received approval from citizens and from the Governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack. On another occasion he got the support of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in calling on Canadians to save the "National Igloo." Image File history File links Talking_to_Americans_Provences_not_states. ... Image File history File links Talking_to_Americans_Provences_not_states. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and served as the 40th Governor of the state of Iowa. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Largest metro area Little Rock Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... Huckabee redirects here. ...


Mercer made international headlines in 2000 when he pulled a Talking to Americans stunt on then-presidential candidate George W. Bush. He successfully got Bush to answer questions about non-existent Canadian Prime Minister "Jean Poutine" (a play on the real politician's name, Jean Chrétien and popular Canadian -- especially Québécois -- dish poutine). Bush was not amused at the time, and has since then refused to accept any interviews from the CBC. However, he did make a joking reference to this incident during his visit to Canada in 2004. In the same US election campaign, Mercer asked Democratic candidate Al Gore to promise to visit the Canadian capital city of Toronto after his election (Canada's capital is Ottawa). Gore did not question Mercer's incorrect identification of the capital of Canada. (See the article on Talking to Americans for more information about this stunt.) George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Poutine Poutine (pronunciation in IPA as heard in Quebec French — listen to it in . ... Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien, usually known as Jean Chrétien, PC, QC, BA, BCL, LLD (h. ... This article is about the use of the term. ... Poutine Poutine (pronunciation in IPA as heard in Quebec French — listen to it in . ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... This article is about the capital city of Canada. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2001, Mercer co-produced a CBC special based on Talking to Americans, which attracted 2.7 million Canadian viewers - the highest-rated comedy special in the history of CBC. Later, the respected ABC News program Nightline would devote a show to it. This was his last major project related to 22 Minutes -- at the end of the 2000-2001 season, he announced his departure from that show. It was rumoured that part of the reason he had decided to leave was due to a long-standing feud with his co-star Mary Walsh. ABC News Special Report ident, circa 2006 ABC News is a division of American television and radio network ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... Nightline is a late-night hard and soft news program broadcast by ABC in the United States, and has a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world. ... Mary Walsh as Marg Princess Warrior alongside politician Stephen Harper. ...


The Rick Mercer Report

In 2003, Made in Canada ended its run as well, and Mercer began to work on a new CBC series, Rick Mercer's Monday Report. Similar in format to 22 Minutes and The Daily Show, the show debuted in January 2004. Also in 2003, Mercer went to Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops stationed there (See: Operation Athena), resulting in the television special Christmas in Kabul. Made in Canada is a Canadian television sitcom / single camera comedy, which aired on the CBC from 1998 to 2003. ... Rick Mercer Report (or The Mercer Report; formerly known as Rick Mercers Monday Report or Monday Report) is a Canadian television comedy series which airs on CBC Television and the Comedy Network. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning American satirical television program produced by and airing on Comedy Central. ... Operation Athena is a Canadian Forces contribution to the United Nations International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, which began in August 2003. ... Rick Mercers Christmas in Kabul is a CBC Christmas special about comedian Rick Mercer going to Afghanistan to bring Christmas cheer to the Canadian troops stationed outside Kabul. ...


Despite reports of a long-standing feud Mercer invited Walsh to appear on Monday Report as a special guest to promote her own series Hatching, Matching and Dispatching. Hatching, Matching and Dispatching is a Canadian television sitcom pilot, which aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on January 17, 2005. ...


At the end of its second season, Monday Report was the highest rated arts and entertainment show on the CBC. Mercer has had a who's who from the world of Canadian entertainment and politics appear as guests on his show. Ex-Prime Minister Paul Martin gave him a private tour of 24 Sussex Drive and former New Democratic Party leader Ed Broadbent made snow angels with Mercer on Parliament Hill. Other prominent guests were NDP leader Jack Layton, Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper (now Prime Minister), then-Conservative MP Belinda Stronach, and Conservative MP Peter MacKay, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams, Olympic gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt, author Pierre Berton, and recording artists Jann Arden, Bif Naked, Rush bassist Geddy Lee on how to properly toboggan down a hill, and Sarah McLachlan. When Mercer hosted a relief benefit concert for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, musical guests Barenaked Ladies appeared in a segment Mercer shot backstage completely naked. Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, PC, MP, BA, LLB, LLD (h. ... Side View of 24 Sussex Drive 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada. ... This article is about the Canadian political party. ... John Edward Ed Broadbent, PC, CC, Ph. ... For the hill in London, see Parliament Hill, London. ... John Gilbert Jack Layton, PC, MP, PhD (born July 18, 1950) is a social democratic Canadian politician and current leader of Canadas New Democratic Party (since 2003). ... The Conservative Party of Canada (French: Parti conservateur du Canada), colloquially known as the Tories, is a conservative political party in Canada, formed by the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in December 2003. ... Stephen Joseph Harper (born April 30, 1959) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. ... Belinda Caroline Stronach, PC, MP (born May 2, 1966 in Newmarket, Ontario) is a Canadian businessperson, philanthropist, politician, and a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons. ... Peter Gordon MacKay, Conservative, QC, MP (born September 27, 1965) serves as the member of Parliament (MP) for Central Nova, Nova Scotia, Canadas Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. ... Daniel Danny Williams, QC, LL.B, BA, MHA (born August 4, 1949 in St. ... Kyle Shewfelt (May 6, 1982) is a Canadian gymnast. ... Pierre Francis Berton, CC, O.Ont, BA, D.Litt (July 12, 1920 – November 30, 2004) was a noted Canadian author of non-fiction, especially Canadiana and Canadian history, and was a well-known television personality and journalist. ... Jann Arden (born Jann Arden Richards March 27, 1962) is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter with a fan base primarily in Canada. ... Bif Naked (born Beth Torbert on June 15, 1971) is a Juno Award-winning Canadian punk rock singer and actress, with appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Look up Rush in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... Geddy Lee OC is a Canadian musician best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. ... Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC,[2] OBC[2] (born January 28, 1968) is a Grammy-winning Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. ... A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ... The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, known by the scientific community as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake,[1] was a great undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) December 26, 2004 with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. ... The Pengrowth Saddledome is the main indoor arena facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is situated on the east end of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede grounds and Macleod Trail. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... Barenaked Ladies (often abbreviated BNL or occasionally BnL) is a Canadian alternative rock band currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, and formerly Andy Creeggan. ...


Since Mercer launched his own show, he became a regular target of his old show 22 Minutes. Criticism of Mercer focused mostly on his ongoing support of the Canadian Forces and his personal wealth.


In 2005, the CBC moved Monday Report to Tuesday nights, which caused the show's name to be changed to The Rick Mercer Report. On his blog, Mercer wrote of the time slot shift that "we ended the season as the highest rated comedy show on the network. Clearly some drastic changes were needed."


A book by Mercer, Rick Mercer Report: The Book, based on his television program, was published on September 25, 2007 by Doubleday Canada. This is Mercer's first book since his bestselling Streeters, of 1998. The new book is a collection of the best of Mercer's "rants" from the first four seasons of The Rick Mercer Report, together with choice moments from interviews for the program and other writings by Mercer. On CBC's Sounds Like Canada on September 21, Shelagh Rogers said of the book that “it’s the most fun I’ve had in bed in a long time." The book entered the Globe and Mail bestseller list on October 6 at number three. is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


A new season of Rick Mercer Report began on October 2, 2007. The season premiere included an appearance by Conrad Black, offering his 'celebrity tip' on waxing maple leaves.


Film appearances

Mercer has also appeared in a few films, including Secret Nation, Understanding Bliss and Bon Cop, Bad Cop. Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a 2006 Canadian comedy-thriller buddy cop film about English Canadian and French Canadian police officers who reluctantly join forces. ...


Awards

Mercer has received more than 20 Gemini Awards for his television work. He has also been a winner of the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Award, presented to him at the 2003 Banff Television Festival. In 1993, Newfoundland premier Clyde Wells honoured Mercer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Artist of the Year award. In 2004, Mercer was presented with the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. Mercer donated his $15,000 cash prize to the LSPU hall, the theatre in Newfoundland where Mercer performed his early work. The Gemini Awards are an annual awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements for TV members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. ... The Banff television festival recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary as Canadas premier internation event celebrating television and new media. ... Clyde Kirby Wells (born November 9, 1937) is a Newfoundland and Labrador judge and former politician and Premier of the province. ...


Mercer holds honorary degrees from Laurentian University in Sudbury and Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's. Rick Mercer received a honorary high school diploma for his outstanding efforts and determination from Landmark East School in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... Laurentian University (Université Laurentienne), founded in 1960, is a mid-sized bilingual university in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: Aedificemus (Latin for Come, let us build together) Coordinates: , Country Province Established 1893 (as Sudbury)   2001 (as Greater Sudbury) Government  - Mayor John Rodriguez  - Governing Body Greater Sudbury City Council  - MPs Raymond Bonin (LPC), Diane Marleau (LPC)  - MPPs Rick Bartolucci (OLP), Shelley Martel (NDP) Area  - City 3,200 km... Memorial University of Newfoundland, (popularly known as Memorial University or MUN) is a comprehensive university located primarily in St. ... Nickname: Motto: Avancez (Go forward) Coordinates: , Country Province Established August 5, 1583 by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I Government  - City Mayor Andy Wells  - Governing body St. ... Landmark East School Since 1979, Landmark East has been meeting the needs of students age 11 to 19 years diagnosed with learning disabilities, including dyslexia and attention deficit disorder through its Middle and High School programs. ... Wolfville streetscape, spring 2006. ...


Mercer was awarded the 30th Annual Bob Edwards Award in Calgary. [1] Robert Alan Edwards (born May 16, 1947 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an award-winning American public radio broadcaster. ...


In 2007, he was named honorary colonel of the 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia; the squadron flies an aging fleet of Sea King helicopters. [2] [3] Please see Colonel for other countries which use this rank In the Canadian Forces, the rank of Colonel (Col) (French: colonel or col) is an Army or Air Force rank equal to a Captain of the Navy. ... Canadian Forces Base Shearwater (CFB Shearwater) is a Canadian Forces base located in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia on the eastern shore of Halifax harbour. ... Shearwater is a largely industrial area in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. ... The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (company designation S-61) is a twin-engined anti-submarine warfare (ASW)helicopter. ...


Spokesperson and endorsements

Rick Mercer is also co-chair, along with Belinda Stronach, in the Spread the Net campaign, partnered through UNICEF. Spread the Net provides bed nets to prevent the spread of Malaria for children living in Africa for $10 each. Belinda Caroline Stronach, PC, MP (born May 2, 1966 in Newmarket, Ontario) is a Canadian businessperson, philanthropist, politician, and a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons. ...


In December, 2004, Mercer appeared on the commercials advertising the One-Tonne Challenge for the Government of Canada. Mercer also appeared as a model in a national ad for men's clothing store, Harry Rosen, wearing a Canali suit. All of Mercer's fees for the campaign went to Casey House, a hospice in Toronto for people living with AIDS. Casey House was founded by June Callwood, who appeared as a celebrity guest on Monday Report. The One-Tonne Challenge is a challenge presented by the Government of Canada in March 2004 for Canadians to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne each year. ... Harry Rosen Inc. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... June Rose Callwood, CC, O.Ont, LL.D (June 2, 1924–April 14, 2007) was a Canadian journalist, author and social activist. ...


In September of 2005, Mercer became the National Spokesperson for the 2005 Walk For Life. The Walk for Life is a series of 132 fundraising walks across Canada that raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Walk for Life is a project of the Canadian AIDS Society.


Mercer has also narrated an animated science video on climate change for Science North in Sudbury. Variations in CO2, temperature and dust from the Vostok ice core over the last 450,000 years For current global climate change, see Global warming. ... Science North logo. ...


Mercer has been named the honorary colonel of 12 Wing Shearwater's 423 Squadron, a three-year posting designed to raise morale of, and draw attention to, the unit based outside Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canadian Forces Base Shearwater (CFB Shearwater) or Halifax/Shearwater Airport, (ICAO CYAW, IATA YAW), is a Canadian Forces base located in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia on the eastern shore of Halifax harbour. ... For other uses, see Halifax, Nova Scotia. ...


Personal life

Mercer's long-time partner is television producer Gerald Lunz. Although the romantic relationship came first, Lunz is also Mercer's long-time partner in business, who discovered him, fostered his career, and is currently the executive producer of The Rick Mercer Report. Mercer neither hides nor seeks to publicise his sexuality. He regards his personal life as private, and says little about it publicly. [4][5][6].


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Rick Mercer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1451 words)
One of Mercer's trademark comedy routines on 22 Minutes was "Talking to Americans" in which he would travel to major American cities and conduct on-the-street interviews with average Americans regarding Canadian politics, the weather, etc., often with hilarious results as the subject's ignorance about Canada was illustrated.
Mercer holds honorary degrees from Laurentian University in Greater Sudbury and Memorial University of Newfoundland in St.
Rick Mercer received a honorary high school diploma for his outstanding efforts and determination from Landmark East School in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Popjournalism.ca - Inside the Mind of Rick Mercer (2755 words)
Right now, Mercer is not in his office and it looks like he never is. His Spartan home base holds a simple desk with a few accessories and two basic bookshelves on opposite walls.
Fortunately, Mercer and his crew successfully fought off international reporters for their chance to go face-to-face with the future president during the 2000 presidential primaries in Michigan.
Mercer was born and raised in Middle Cove, a small community of fewer than 2,000 people located along the Atlantic coastline, just northeast of St. John's.
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