Canada's pre-eminent satirical commentator brings down the curtain on his hugely successful show in this instant #1 national bestseller.
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 director in charge is delirious from an allergic reaction? (Yes.) All this and more is revealed by Rick in some of his sharpest and funniest writing yet.
RICK MERCER co-created and performed on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, created and starred in Made in Canada, and created and starred in Talking to Americans, the most-watched comedy special in Canadian television history. He went on to host the hugely successful Rick Mercer Report for 15 seasons. Rick is co-founder of the Spread the Net campaign. In 2019, he received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. He is from Middle Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador.
#1 National Bestseller
Longlisted for the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
A Hill Times Best Book of 2018
Praise for Rick Mercer
"Canada's most pointed political satirist for a quarter century." —Toronto Star
"Mercer embodies Canada, but without the smugness." —The Globe and Mail
"Week after week, Mercer continues to delight with his alternately giddy and cutting political humour." —The Canadian Press
"The comedian of choice for viewers who read." —Toronto Life
"[A Nation Worth Ranting About] will make you laugh out loud repeatedly." —The Chronicle Herald
"Canada's leading political satirist." —The New York Times
"The most fun I've had in bed for a long time." —Shelagh Rogers, CBC, on Rick Mercer Report: The Book