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Encyclopedia > Rick Mercer Report
Rick Mercer Report

Rick Mercer Report logo
Format comedy
Created by Rick Mercer
Gerald Lunz
Starring Rick Mercer
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 4th Season
Production
Running time 22-23 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Original run January 12th, 2004 – Present

Rick Mercer Report (or The Mercer Report; formerly known as Rick Mercer's Monday Report or Monday Report) is a Canadian television comedy series which airs on CBC Television and the Comedy Network. Launched in 2004 and hosted by comedian Rick Mercer, the weekly half-hour show focuses on Canadian politics, combining news parody, sketch comedy and satirical editorials. The show's format is similar to Mercer's prior series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Richard Vincent Rick Mercer (born October 17, 1969 in St. ... Richard Vincent Rick Mercer (born October 17, 1969 in St. ... CBC Television is a Canadian English language television network. ... 1080i (pronounced ten eighty eye) is shorthand name for a category of video modes. ... Projection screen in a home theater, displaying a high-definition television image. ... January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... The year 2004 in television involved some significant events. ... CBC Television is a Canadian English language television network. ... The Comedy Network (TCN) is a Canadian cable television specialty channel owned by CTV Television Inc. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Vincent Rick Mercer (born October 17, 1969 in St. ... System of government Canada is a constitutional monarchy as a Commonwealth Realm (see Monarchy in Canada) with a federal system of parliamentary government, and strong democratic traditions. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a weekly Canadian television comedy that airs on CBC Television. ... Not to be confused with John Stewart ,Jon Alan Stewart or John Stuart. ... 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. ...


The first two seasons aired on Monday nights. The show now airs Tuesday nights at 8pm.

Contents

Segments

  • General Format - On each program Mercer travels to a different part of Canada-- often to communities that are currently in the news-- collecting opinions, reactions, and quotes from people on the street.
  • Rants - Rick Mercer also does his 'streeters' rants about current issues, using the same format that he popularised on 22 Minutes.
  • The Front Page - Mercer uses comical bits on certain photos on famous people in the world.
  • Monologue - At the beginning part of each show, Mercer covers Canadian politics and comedy during a monologue. The segment is performed in front of a live audience at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Daryn Jones - Correspondent Daryn Jones goes out and checks out cool things. This segment was discontinued in Season 3.
  • Celebrity Tip - A Canadian celebrity gives advice to Canadians, such as Shirley Douglas demonstating how to boost a car's battery. The humour in this segment often, although not always, comes from the juxtaposition between the celebrity and their ability to demonstrate something the viewing public might not have expected them to know how to do.
  • Ad spoofs - Rick mercer does a fake ad, often spoofing a real one.

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Memorable Moments

Some memorable moments from the series include:

Many of these moments, all the best rants, plus Rick Mercer's blogs, journalism, and a smattering of new material, can be found in 'Rick Mercer Report: The Book', which was published in September, 2007. 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. ... A spliff. ... Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, PC, OC, KCSG (born 25 August 1944, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former financier, newspaper magnate, and biographer. ... Side View of 24 Sussex Drive 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada. ... Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, PC, MP, BA, LLB, LLD (h. ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government - Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, or simply Expo 67 was the General Exhibition Category 1 Worlds Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. ... A Place to Stand 45rpm record cover A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow (Ontari-ari-ari-o!) is an unofficial anthem of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Hon. ... Stephen Joseph Harper (born April 30, 1959) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. ...


Notable Guests

Several notable Canadian celebrities and politicians have appeared on the show, including:

  • Actors
Shirley Douglas
Peter McKenna
Sonja Smits
Geri Hall
  • Authors
Margaret Atwood
Pierre Berton
June Callwood
David Suzuki
  • Comedians
Mary Walsh
Scott Thompson
Ron James
  • Musicians
Jann Arden
Rob Baker of The Tragically Hip
Ronnie Hawkins
Geddy Lee and Neil Peart of Rush
Bif Naked
Chris Murphy of Sloan
Randy Bachman of BTO and The Guess Who
  • Politicians
Paul Martin
Sheila Copps
Belinda Stronach
Helena Guergis
Ruby Dhalla
Peter Milliken
Scott Brison
Stockwell Day
Ed Broadbent
Ralph Klein
Stephen Harper
Stéphane Dion
Justin Trudeau
Chuck Strahl
Elizabeth May
Bob Rae
  • Sports/Athletes
Toronto Rock
Toronto FC
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Alexandre Despatie
Tie Domi
  • Television Celebrities
Don Cherry
Mike Duffy

Shirley Douglas OC (born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian television, film and stage actress. ... Peter McKenna (born August 27, 1946) was an Australian rules footballer, who played 180 games and kicked 838 goals with the Collingwood Football Club between 1965 and 1975 before finishing his career with one season at Carlton Football Club in 1977 (playing 11 games and kicking 36 goals). ... Sonja Smits (born September 8, 1958 in Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada) is a television actress who has played roles in many television series, including Falcon Crest, Airwolf, Odyssey 5, The Outer Limits, Street Legal, Traders and The Eleventh Hour. ... Margaret Eleanor Atwood, OC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer. ... 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. ... June Rose Callwood, CC, O.Ont, LL.D (June 2, 1924–April 14, 2007) was a Canadian journalist, author and social activist. ... David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC, OBC, Ph. ... Mary Walsh as Marg Princess Warrior alongside politician Stephen Harper. ... Scott Thompson (born June 12, 1959) is a Canadian television comedian, best known for his time as a member of the comedy troupe Kids in the Hall. ... Jann Arden (born Jann Arden Richards March 27, 1962) is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter with a fan base primarily in Canada. ... Rob Baker is a Canadian rock musician from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. ... The Tragically Hip is a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of Gordon Downie (lead vocals and occasional acoustic guitar), Paul Langlois (guitar), Rob Baker (guitar), Gord Sinclair (bass) and Johnny Fay (drums). ... Ronnie Hawkins, born January 10, 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas, United States, is a pioneering rock and roll musician and cousin to fellow rockabilly pioneer Dale Hawkins. ... Geddy Lee OC (born Gary Lee Weinrib on July 29, 1953 in Willowdale, Toronto) is a Canadian musician best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. ... Neil Ellwood Peart (IPA: ) OC, (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian musician and author. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... 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. ... Chris Murphy (born November 7, 1968) is a member of the Canadian rock band Sloan. ... Sloan is a power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... Randoph Charles Bachman, OM (born September 27, 1943) was lead guitarist and songwriter of the 1970s rock band, The Guess Who, and later formed the famous hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie Bachman, drums, Tim Bachman, rhythm guitar and friend Fred Turner on bass and lead... Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba that enjoyed a string of hit albums and singles in the 1970s. ... The Guess Who is a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that was one of the first to establish a major successful following in their own country while still residing there. ... Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, PC, MP, BA, LLB, LLD (h. ... Sheila Maureen Copps, PC, HBA, LL.D (hc), (born November 27, 1952, in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian journalist and former politician. ... 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. ... Helena C. Guergis, PC (pronounced: DZHOR-dzhis) (born February 19, 1969) is a Canadian politician. ... Ruby Dhalla, BSc, DC, (born February 18, 1974) is a Canadian politician. ... Peter Andrew Stewart Milliken, MP, BA , MA , LL.B (born November 12, 1946) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. ... Scott A. Brison, PC, MP, BComm (born May 10, 1967), Windsor, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian politician. ... Stockwell Burt Day Jr. ... John Edward Ed Broadbent, PC, CC, Ph. ... Ralph Phillip Klein (born November 1, 1942) was the premier of the Canadian province of Alberta and leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. ... Stephen Joseph Harper (born April 30, 1959) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. ... Stéphane Maurice Dion, PC, MP, Ph. ... Justin Trudeau (born December 25, 1971 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is the eldest son of the late former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife, Margaret Trudeau. ... Charles Strahl, PC, MP (born February 25, 1957 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a politician in British Columbia, Canada. ... This article is about the leader of the Green Party of Canada. ... Hon. ... The Toronto Rock are a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a North American professional sports league. ... Year founded 2006 League Major League Soccer Nickname TFC, Reds, Roys Stadium BMO Field Coach Mo Johnston Owner MLSE First Game C.D. Chivas USA 2-0 Toronto FC (Home Depot Center; April 7, 2007) Largest Win Toronto FC 4-0 FC Dallas (BMO Field; June 17, 2007) Worst Defeat... 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Production Details

Rick Mercer Report is produced by Island Edge Inc and the CBC. Island Edge Inc is a Canadian television production company founded by Rick Mercer and Gerald Lunz in 1998. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ...


Starting with Season 3, The Rick Mercer Report is presented in HDTV. (The Royal Canadian Air Farce switched to HDTV at the same time) Royal Canadian Air Farce (usually abbreviated to Air Farce) is a Canadian comedy troupe that starred in an eponymous radio show on CBC radio from 1973 to 1997, and currently star in a top-rated television show, broadcast on CBC Television. ...


In October 2006 the Comedy Network began showing reruns of the Rick Mercer Report For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A new series of Rick Mercer Report begins on October 2. It has been announced that Conrad Black will be a guest on the premiere show.


External links

  • Rick Mercer Report: The Book (published September 2007)
  • Official Website at CBC
  • CBC's Info Site
  • Photo Gallery
  • on TV.com
  • Rick Mercer Report at the Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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