Rick Mercer Final ReportBook - 2018
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SPL_Sonya May 21, 2019
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Rick Mercer is one of Canada's most beloved television personalities. Born in Newfoundland, Mercer first came to prominence on the CBC's This Hour has 22 Minutes. In 2004, the CBC gave him his own show: The Mercer Report. That show was always at or near the top of the ratings for fifteen seasons until its final episode last year. Mercer is not sure what he will do next; he just knows it is time to move on.
Mercer has loved his years on CBC television. He feels blessed to have had the opportunity to travel across this vast country so many times sharing his findings with a willing and engaged audience. Of all the segments he will be remembered for, the most popular and most enduring were his weekly rants.
Begun on This Hour has 22 Minutes, Mercer carried them over to his new show. Each week he walks through the same alley with his faithful camera operator walking backwards. During the segment, he rants about what is on his mind. He is usually critiquing a government official or questioning why things are the way they are. Sometimes these rants are profound, particularly when he tackles difficult issues like bullying, prejudice and injustice.
This book is not his autobiography. That may come at a later date. This book is mostly a collection of his favourite rants written in just a couple of pages each. It makes the book easy to read. You can read some of the rants or all of them. You can follow his chronological order or jump around if you wish.
What the reader is left with is a collection of Mercer's favourite memories after a long career of special moments. He includes references to bungee jumping with Rick Hanson, diving into a freezing lake with David Suzuki and rolling a joint with author Pierre Berton.
Rick Mercer is a proud Canadian. This will be self-evident to anyone who reads this very interesting and entertaining book.
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