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Rick Mercer Final Report
By (author): Rick Mercer
9780385692472 Hardcover English General Trade HUMOR / General Nov 06, 2018
$32.00 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.54 x 0.89 in 256 pages B&W THROUGHOUT Doubleday Canada
Canada’s pre-eminent satirical commentator brings down the curtain on his hugely successful show.

Rick Mercer can always be relied on to provoke a strong reaction—but what he said one fall day in 2017 truly shocked the nation. In a rant posted on social media, the great Canadian satirist announced loud and clear that the current, 15th season of the Rick Mercer Report—the nation’s best-watched and best-loved comedy show—would be the last. After more than 250 episodes, 250 rants and countless miles spent travelling the length and breadth of Canada to do everything from bungee jumping with Rick Hansen to whale watching with Measha Brueggergosman, it was time to move on. What he will do next is still unknown, and Canada eagerly awaits future developments. But meanwhile, we have this book to keep us going.

This volume brings together never-before-published rants from the last five seasons of the show, plus a selection of the very best rants from earlier years. And throughout the book, in a series of brilliant new essays, Rick shares his hilarious, moving and at times hair-raising memories from the past fifteen years. Remember when he and Jann Arden travelled by helicopter to a terrifying bat cave in a mountain? No—because that trip went so horribly wrong it never made it to the screen. Pierre Berton—what was really in that joint he rolled? (It wasn’t oregano.) What catastrophe took place in Norman Jewison’s bathroom? And can the show still go on when your cameraman is delirious from an allergic reaction? (Yes.) All this and more is revealed by Rick in some of his sharpest and funniest writing yet.

TRACK RECORD: RMR: The Book and A Nation Worth Ranting About were both national bestsellers.

À LA RECHERCHE DU RANTS PERDU: RMR is no more. Fans will want a souvenir.

AUTHOR AVAILABILITY: For the first time, Rick—not having a day job—is able to commit to publicizing the book with interviews and a tour. He is eager to do all he can to sell this last RMR-related title.

RICK MERCER, Canada’s sharpest and funniest political satirist, is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He first came to fame with Show Me the Button: I’ll Push It, or Charles Lynch Must Die, a one-man show that toured across Canada. He co-created and was a resident performer on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and became the host of Rick Mercer Report (or Rick Mercer’s Monday Report, as it was at the time) in 2004. In 2017, Rick announced that the current season of the CBC’s highest-rated comedy show would be its last.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

Author Hometown: St. John’s, NL

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Publicity: • 3 - 4 city tour (Toronto + additional markets TBC)

• Event and media focused

• Leverage speaking engagements for additional regional media opportunities

Author Website: rickmercer.com

Author Social Media: Facebook: @rickmercerreport; Twitter: @rickmercer; Youtube: MercerReport

Praise for A Nation Worth Ranting About:

“A self-described ’rantaholic,’ Rick Mercer is our country’s best-known and most-loved satirist…. The use of surprise or the unexpected is a trademark of Mercer’s humour…. But once again, beneath his humour, Mercer is seething…. You can’t read Mercer’s rants without appreciating that we live in a society where ranting—whether it’s about our government, attitudes toward sexuality, or escalators—is possible. And that, kids, is a good thing.” —Calgary Herald

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