Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh.
Rick Mercer’s top-rated, award-winning CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report—which routinely tramples even its American competitors in the ratings—features his trademark rants, hilarious (and informative) fake newscasts, commercial parodies, and comic encounters with famous Canadians, talking about Canada. More than any other comedian (or journalist for that matter), he talks to Canadian newsmakers with a refreshing candor, and is uniquely able to spin topical hilarity from the people and the things deeply embedded in the national consciousness. The Rick Mercer Report is currently in its 13th season.
Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for his top-rated CBC series’ The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada, and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Mercer also starred in Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans, which was watched by millions, attracted attention across North America, and remains the highest-rated comedy special in Canadian history. In 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Mercer is the author of three national bestsellers, Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book, and 2012’s A Nation Worth Ranting About. Mercer will co-write the screenplay for High Alert, a political satire based on the 1966 Norman Jewison movie, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.
“Rick was phenomenal to work with and probably one of the most down to earth Canadians ever. He engaged our audience with hilarious anecdotes and some scenes from The Rick Mercer Report and kept the room in stitches for a solid hour and a half.”Central 1 Credit Union
A Nation Worth Ranting About
Few people know Canada like Rick Mercer knows Canada. Unashamedly proud, fiercely skeptical, and endlessly entertaining, Mercer knows the people, the culture, the passions, and the heartaches. He knows Canada is a country worth laughing about, cheering about, and occasionally getting angry about—usually around the time of a federal election. In this new keynote, Mercer pokes and prods at our institutions. He reveals hypocrisy at the highest reaches of power. And he draws our attention to hardworking, unsung heroes. In the process, he illuminates everything that’s great and irreverent about Canada. Mercer's unrivalled genius is his ability to make you laugh at, question, think about, and—most of all—appreciate this glorious country we all share.
My Adventures in Canadian Television An Evening with Rick Mercer
In his hilarious, standing room-only keynotes (he is perhaps Canada’s most requested speaker), Mercer draws on the best moments from his show, taking you behind the scenes of classic Canadian moments, including his Talking To Americans specials, and much more. On full display is his understanding of what delights, and occasionally enrages us about our politicians, our media, our neighbours to the south, our unique pop culture, and our place in the world.