Rick Mercer Final Report
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 Final Report Details

TitleRick Mercer Final Report
Author
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Canada
ISBN-139780385692472
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Biography, Cultural, Canada, Politics

Rick Mercer Final Report Review

  • Shilpa
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. My prediction is that it will probably be a very popular holiday gift. “Ranting has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I come from an island of ranters. I love the process of taking a subject that is large and complex, and distilling it into a single, coherent, ninety-second rant.”Rick Mercer is a Canadian icon. Fifteen seasons of the Rick Mercer Report is no small feat. He’s made us laugh, and educated us about all things Canadiana. But, m I absolutely loved this book. My prediction is that it will probably be a very popular holiday gift. “Ranting has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I come from an island of ranters. I love the process of taking a subject that is large and complex, and distilling it into a single, coherent, ninety-second rant.”Rick Mercer is a Canadian icon. Fifteen seasons of the Rick Mercer Report is no small feat. He’s made us laugh, and educated us about all things Canadiana. But, most of all, he’s made us think and challenge the status quo. His political satire commentary down Graffiti Alley, is insightful and crafted with such ingenuity and preciseness. He’s had everyone from Justin Trudeau to Pierre Berton on his show. If you’ve seen The Mercer Report, you know that politics and humour go hand in hand.Full review: http://sukasareads.blogspot.com/2018/...
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    I grew up watching This Hour Has 22 Minutes with my family and my favourite segment was Talking to Americans, hosted by Rick Mercer. Of course, once The Mercer Report started, we watched that too. Needless to say, I have been a Rick Mercer fan most of my life, but this was the first time I had ever read one of his books. He comes off on paper exactly as he does on television, smart, funny, and compassionate. I both laughed and teared up while reading this and I enjoyed every minute. Highly recom I grew up watching This Hour Has 22 Minutes with my family and my favourite segment was Talking to Americans, hosted by Rick Mercer. Of course, once The Mercer Report started, we watched that too. Needless to say, I have been a Rick Mercer fan most of my life, but this was the first time I had ever read one of his books. He comes off on paper exactly as he does on television, smart, funny, and compassionate. I both laughed and teared up while reading this and I enjoyed every minute. Highly recommended for all Canadians.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book!Not only was it highly entertaining, I learned a lot of interesting things about Canadian politics. More importantly I learned that I need to pay more attention to Canadian politics.I laughed out loud at the chapter about Norman Jewison. Read the book and you'll find out why.I don't know if I can pass this book along....I may need to keep it for reference. I have a lot of questions now and I want to to try to find some answers.So I've been entertained and educated. Thank you Ri I loved this book!Not only was it highly entertaining, I learned a lot of interesting things about Canadian politics. More importantly I learned that I need to pay more attention to Canadian politics.I laughed out loud at the chapter about Norman Jewison. Read the book and you'll find out why.I don't know if I can pass this book along....I may need to keep it for reference. I have a lot of questions now and I want to to try to find some answers.So I've been entertained and educated. Thank you Rick Mercer!
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  • Amber Daugherty
    January 1, 1970
    I don't like doing this but I really didn't like this book. I was hopeful - Rick Mercer is an intelligent, thoughtful person who's known for the awesome stunts he pulls and the conversations he has with people across the country. But this book? Was a bit lazy. The show was on for 15 years and so the book just regurgitates some of the rants he did over the years in reverse order from present to 2004. Which means the first rant is kind of relevant and the last is... 14 years old. Throughout the bo I don't like doing this but I really didn't like this book. I was hopeful - Rick Mercer is an intelligent, thoughtful person who's known for the awesome stunts he pulls and the conversations he has with people across the country. But this book? Was a bit lazy. The show was on for 15 years and so the book just regurgitates some of the rants he did over the years in reverse order from present to 2004. Which means the first rant is kind of relevant and the last is... 14 years old. Throughout the book there are a few original pieces sprinkled in - behind-the-scenes looks at the show and people he got to spend time with which are GREAT - and that's what the entire book should have been. Give us something new, don't just reuse material that works better delivered on camera than read in print and is, at best, a nostalgic look at political issues over the last decade. There was potential here, but this book completely missed the mark.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    I prefer this book of rants to his earlier one, though reading them without watching him on TV strutting the alley, gesticulating, and (of course) ranting just isn't the same. This is organized in chronologically reverse order, from April 3, 2018 back to January 12, 2004. As always, Mercer skewers politicians, and Trudeau gets it, mostly for his numerous flubs. Anyone, however, who is beginning to forget and go soft on the years of "The Harper Government" (his own term for The Government of Cana I prefer this book of rants to his earlier one, though reading them without watching him on TV strutting the alley, gesticulating, and (of course) ranting just isn't the same. This is organized in chronologically reverse order, from April 3, 2018 back to January 12, 2004. As always, Mercer skewers politicians, and Trudeau gets it, mostly for his numerous flubs. Anyone, however, who is beginning to forget and go soft on the years of "The Harper Government" (his own term for The Government of Canada) will get a refresher from the rants from 2006 to 2015. I gave it an extra star for this in this election year, and will keep an eye out for not just negative attack ads but dirty tricks, too. Mercer's joint-rolling lesson from Pierre Berton is a hoot, with a great ending. Each rant is generally around a page long, so this is easy to pick up and put down, a "bathroom book". Worth reading.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Mercer Final Report takes Mercer's greatest rants from across all 15 seasons. There are also added reflection pieces.Very good read, only suggestion would have been to reverse chronological order. The book starts from his last rant and works back. I think I would have wanted it to start with an early rant and work towards his last rant so that ideas would build off on each other instead of seeing opinions regress. The rants also become a bit more irrelevant as political policies/people are Rick Mercer Final Report takes Mercer's greatest rants from across all 15 seasons. There are also added reflection pieces.Very good read, only suggestion would have been to reverse chronological order. The book starts from his last rant and works back. I think I would have wanted it to start with an early rant and work towards his last rant so that ideas would build off on each other instead of seeing opinions regress. The rants also become a bit more irrelevant as political policies/people are no longer in power the further you dive into the book.
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  • Brandon Forsyth
    January 1, 1970
    This made me so nostalgic for the show. I miss Rick Mercer, and I can’t wait to see what his third act will entail. I found myself looking up old clips from his show and smiling fondly as I was reminded of a man who made me much more politically active and engaged. It may be too much to say Mercer is Canada’s Jon Stewart - but for me, he looms just as large. And he made me laugh - hard - once again. Thanks, Rick!
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  • Sandy Krausnick
    January 1, 1970
    4.5. I love Rick Mercer rants. So much that I had to check out the alley when I was in Toronto. RM gave me a lot of incite into Canadian politics and helped me laugh at the ridiculousness of our political leaders. The piece on Pierre Burton was priceless and I loved the Jann Arden part as well. Great short short stories. Thanks for sticking up for the military veterans RM. You’re a stand-up guy. Will miss the show.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Classic Canadiana - though because it reaches back so far I tended to rush through earlier rants. I also forgot how much the country's been through in the last decade and a bit.But it's still Rick. It's still unvarnished common sense. And Canadians will always turn to his point of view about the ordinary everyday things and the extraordinary moments we've shared together.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent read. Made me laugh out loud lots which is what I had hoped for.
  • Brian Carrigan
    January 1, 1970
    Good rants and story's
  • Chrisreadsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    He's hilarious - this is quite political but still a fun read. And he does a chapter on Jann Arden. As he should.
  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    Refreshing, humorous, a very pleasant read.
  • Shua Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I had a REALLY fun time reading this.
  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I give this 4 stars because I wanted something a little more memoir-y but this is all rants. Obviously the rants are great, I just wanted more.
  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Loved every minute!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    We will miss his rants!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing stories and insight as always. This should be on every Canadian high schools must read list.
  • Joshua C Liston
    January 1, 1970
    A funny, interesting read. Rick made me want to spend even more time in NF and CAN more broadly. I also enjoyed that Rick appears to pick fun at everyone in Canadian politics, no one is safe.
  • Luc Bouchard
    January 1, 1970
    Really good read, brings back memories of great rants.
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