Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.3in x 6.3 x 1.08 in | 1.19 lb
Page Count:312 pages
HE’S BACK: Since retiring his show and being forced off the road by Covid-19, his publichas been missing the much-loved comic.
AND HOW: Rick is working on a series of four one-hour Just for Laughs specials,competing and appearing with other stand-ups, to be shown on CBC in the run-up topublication.
A NEW DEPARTURE: After a series of bestsellers based on previously broadcastmaterial, this is Rick’s first all-new, narrative book.
INSTANT #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 STEPHEN LEACOCK MEDAL
“Talking to Canadians: [a] funny, pitfall-strewn, no-holds-barred memoir from the ranting TV uproarist, edge-walker, envelope-pusher and pot-stirrer who once talked me into impersonating a goalie!” —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
“I laughed so much reading this, I kept waking up my dog in bed. Rick is a determined writer—he never stops pulling you into his stories and he never stops looking for the punchlines in everyday life. He made me realize how funny ordinary things are, how funny and how incredibly interesting. It’s heartfelt and honest and generous and edgy—just like Mercer himself. Read it! It’s fabulous!” —Jann Arden
“A delightful and warm-hearted memoir.” —Chatelaine
“Chockablock with detail, spiced with industry gossip, thoughtfully contextualized, steeped in verve, insight, and of course comedy.” —Saltwire
“[Talking To Canadians] details the evolution of Rick Mercer as a national treasure, who through a well-informed mind, a sense of boundless energy, a fearless attitude of diving into everything head first, and a sharp, rapier wit, has continued the proud tradition of Canadian comedy. If there is one thing that you can take away about Rick Mercer after reading his book, it’s that he is definitely not afraid to speak his mind and shoot down the absurdities of everything in Canada and the world, while proudly draped in the Canadian and Newfoundland-Labrador flags.” —Montreal Times
“When Mercer was in the midst of writing his new memoir…he told a friend that his biggest concern was that ’my childhood was wonderful and my family members are terrific, so how the hell can I make this book exciting?’ The answer, as the thoroughly engaging final product makes clear, is that Mercer is incapable of being boring. [His] passion—for Newfoundland, all of Canada and the people who live within—sparks the fire that feeds Mercer’s trademark rants. It is also evident throughout this alternately funny, moving and always heartfelt book.” —Policy Magazine
“[Rick Mercer is] an interesting person who has done singularly interesting things, many recorded and broadcast, which makes the inside back story most engaging and enjoyable. Add Mercer’s brisk, informative contextualization…and Talking is an immersive read.” —Calgary Herald