Talking to Canadians
Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. A national bestselling author and the Governor General’s Award-winner for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Mercer is our most popular comic; a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh. In his new memoir Talking to Canadians, the beloved comic charts his meteoric rise to TV fame in a series of riveting, hilarious, and unforgettable anecdotes and behind-the-scenes revelations from his decades-long career.
“Canada's leading political satirist.”— The New York Times
Rick Mercer’s top-rated, award-winning CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report, routinely trampled even its American competitors in the ratings. The show featured Mercer’s trademark rants, satirical newscasts, commercial parodies, and comic encounters with famous Canadians. More than any other comedian (or journalist for that matter), he talks to Canadian newsmakers with a refreshing candour, and is uniquely able to spin topical hilarity from the people and things deeply embedded in the national consciousness. Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada, and This Hour has 22 Minutes. He also starred in Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans, which attracted attention across North America, was watched by millions, and remains the highest-rated comedy special in Canadian history. In his new memoir Talking to Canadians, Mercer tells his own story for the first time—with the same biting wit that endeared him to the nation. It has been described by legendary author Margaret Atwood as a “funny, pitfall-strewn, no-holds-barred memoir from the ranting TV uproarist, edge-walker, envelope-pusher, and pot-stirrer.”
His earlier book, Rick Mercer Final Report, a #1 Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller, brought together never-before-published rants from the last five seasons of his show, plus a selection of the very best rants from earlier years. Throughout the book, in a series of brilliant essays, Mercer shares his hilarious, moving, and at times hair-raising memories from the course of the show. Mercer is also the author of four national bestsellers, Rick Mercer Final Report, Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book, and A Nation Worth Ranting About.
In 2019, Mercer won the Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement, which recognizes artists who have made an indelible contribution to Canada and the world’s cultural life. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
“In short, Rick was AMAZING. The clip was awesome, exactly what we had hoped for, and struck all of the right notes. We’ve received some terrific anecdotal feedback from graduating students, admin, and guests who watched. One of my favorite comments came from a graduating student who didn’t grow up in Canada. She indicated that while she didn’t know Rick, she felt like he was speaking to her, and took something away from his keynote. It was perfect, and thank you for helping us to secure it!”The University of British Columbia
“Rick, of course, brought the house down! They were on their feet for him the minute his entrance music started and hung on to every single word he said. And he was an absolute pleasure to work with on-site. Can’t say enough good things about him.”Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
“Rick Mercer was a hit with our membership and he put on a great performance for us. I’m not sure I’ve laughed that hard at one of our events before. It was wonderful speaking with Rick after his presentation and having him mingle with our membership for a good hour after the event—that was a nice bonus. Thank you again for your help to secure Rick for our event.”EO Edmonton
“Rick Mercer opened the March Classic 2019 and we could not have asked for a better way to begin the day. He brought some fantastic memories, many laughs and a good-sized serving of Canadian pride to our event. Rick was wonderful to work with throughout the entire morning and I would definitely recommend any conference celebrating all that is wonderful about Canada, look to Rick Mercer as a speaker.”Grain Farmers of Ontario
“Rick was a big hit with the audience! He was also very gracious during the meet and greet and a real pleasure to work with onsite.”The Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta
“In terms of his performance—it was amazing. Our guests absolutely loved it. Everyone came out feeling positive, laughing, and feeling very proud to be Canadian. We were so happy with Rick and would highly recommend him to anyone.”SGI Canada
“Rick Mercer, as always, was spectacular. Not only was his show fantastic, more importantly, all acts should take a lead from him on how to be a gracious professional! This is our third or maybe fourth time presenting him-and it is always a pleasure. We have a reception at the end of the show that Rick attends, and once again he was the last one to leave. Always a smile, time for a chat and a pic, relaxed and in no hurry, with everyone who came up to him. A genuine class act, and a great representative of what it means to be Canadian.”Thunder Bay Blues Festival
“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
Rick Mercer is offering an epic new keynote that will make you appreciate, as never before, this unique nation we all call home. It’s a heart-soaring and laugh-out-loud funny affair, and a perfect way to celebrate what our great country has to offer.
Few people know Canada like Rick Mercer knows Canada. Whether prodding at our institutions, celebrating our unsung heroes, or illuminating everything wonderful and weird about our country, Mercer is a galvanizing speaker. He’s our fiercest critic, our sharpest mind, and our most hilarious comic. This is a one-time talk that gathers together all his—and our—strengths. It is a talk that connects to the past, evaluates our present, and looks forward, hopefully, into the future.