celebrities | February 28, 2013

Celebrity Speaker Rick Mercer Snags 3 Canadian Screen Awards

It looks like celebrity speaker and television host Rick Mercer is going to have to clear out some room in his trophy case. Again. At the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards (a combination of what were once the Genie and Gemini Awards), he took home 3 awards for his work with the record-breaking CBC hit, The Rick Mercer Report. The show itself won the statue (which has yet to be named) for "Best Music, Variety, Sketch Comedy or Talk Program" and Mercer and his team were also honoured for "Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program". The "Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program" award also went to Mercer for his charismatic and relatable performance on the show.

His candid and hilarious show features his trademark rants—the best of which have now been turned into a book, A Nation Worth Ranting About—and his satirical commercials and fake newscasts. He embraces all that is great (and not so great) about the nation on his show, which routinely beats out American programming in the ratings. Mercer has also taken home over 25 Gemini awards in his career for his work with The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada, and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Not only is Mercer popular in front of the camera, but he's also a hit on stage; his keynote speeches are often standing-room only. Arguably one of the most requested speakers in the country, Mercer appeals to a wide array of audiences thanks to his unique mix of comedic satire and extensive knowledge about the country. He covers the topics that matter to his audience while making them laugh in the process—a skill that will undoubtedly keep the awards rolling in.