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Rick Mercer, Canada’s top political satirist, returned to CBC Television in September, 2017 for the 15th and final season of the Rick Mercer Report. Rick’s weekly helping of topical satire, funny takes on the week’s top stories, Canada wide adventures and famous rants have made this show a perennial audience favourite. Created by Mercer and Gerald Lunz, the show debuted in January 2004 as Rick Mercer’s Monday Report and moved to Tuesday nights in 2005.  

Rick Mercer began his career in comedy performing and writing in his hometown St John’s, Newfoundland with a series of one-man stage shows. His solo Show Me the Button, debuted at the National Arts Centre in 1990 followed by a national tour. Subsequent stage performances were in I’ve Killed Before, I’ll Kill Again (1992) and Canada: A Good Place to Hide (1995). Mercer launched his television career in 1993 as one of the creators, performers, and writers on the hit topical weekly show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In 1998 he joined Gerald Lunz and Michael Donovan to create the satirical dramatic series Made In Canada, where he again starred and contributed as a writer. In 2001 his CBC Television special Talking To Americans became the highest rated Canadian comedy special ever with 2.7 million viewers.  

On July 1, 2014, it was announced that Rick was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and he was inducted in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in September 2015.  

At the start of 2017 the Department of Canadian Heritage announced that Rick would be a Canada 150 Ambassador throughout  the year celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On New Year’s Eve, 2016 Rick hosted the CBC Television special Canada’s New Year’s Eve –Countdown to 2017, a cross-country musical celebration from Parliament Hill ushering in the nation’s 150th birthday year.  

On July 1, 2017 he hosted the CBC TV Canada Day special From Coast to Coast to Coast from Parliament Hill featuring performances in every province and territory across the country.   In October, 2016 Rick received The John Drainie Award from ACTRA in recognition of his contribution to Canadian broadcasting and for “your unique approach to raising awareness of Canadian politics and current affairs through the award-winning series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, and The Rick Mercer Report.” Rick is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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