Rick Mercer - Wikipedia
Last year, Arden completed a highly successful 27 date Canadian tour, Corner Gas in and several guest appearances on the CBC's Rick Mercer Report. To say Jann Arden is busy would be an understatement. she dangled off the CN Tower with Rick Mercer, she completed her autobiography Falling . Alberta dates include Calgary on February 23rd, Red Deer on February 24th, Medicine. tbt to ten years ago, when Rick Mercer and Jann Arden went on a Calgary date to Jann's favourite places- one of which was the zoo!.
When I was writing it there are lots of things I decided not to write about because I would never want to do anything to hurt my family any more then I already did. To me it felt like really status quo stuff and after getting a chance to talk to people across the country that is indeed the case.
My childhood was like that, I did that, that is the kind of meals we had. We are not so different from each other.
My mom, also an Arden fan, found a lot of herself in the book as well. She and I are closer in age than you and I are. There is so much common ground.
What I really wanted to be aware of was to make it funny, you have to laugh through some of this stuff and have to see the humor in it, my Mom taught me that. She laughs in the face of sheer and total disaster and I just love that about her. She is so kind and funny and never feels victimized or that the world owes her anything. They worked hard all their lives and built their house.
I guess this is my way of making sure they were noted. It leaves the reader wanting more, and her life from that point forward undoubtedly would make another amazing book.
Who knows what I will be doing 10 years from now? If someone had told me I would be writing a book and doing a radio show and narrating an ER Vet show for CMT and judging Canada Sings and all this stuff that I am doing now I would have just said are you nuts?!
I think I have a good decade left in order to not look like a fool, and continue working and being creative and entertaining the masses so to speak, and enjoy myself and then it will be time to tip my hat and move on. I trust Bruce will be looking at retirement for himself sometime along the line and I really think when he packs it in I will too. We will see how it goes. I am really enjoying myself. I am hoping I survive to the end of March.
Her Free tour saw a bigger band and a video screen for the first time. Planning is underway for the tour now. We have yet to sit down with the lighting and stage directors to talk about the set. I think our shows always look nice and the band looks and sounds great.
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There will be some surprises, Bruce and I have been talking about trying different things. It makes me laugh even thinking about it. It gets harder and harder each time I do a record to fit things into a two hour context. I think we will have a lot of that sorted out in December with lots of phone calls back and forth and we will sketch it out.
We have a week of rehearsals before we hit the road so we will sort it out then. Balancing popular songs likeInsensitive, and I Would Die For You with some rarities and songs off the new album becomes harder and harder. I have started making lists and sort through a master list of about 50 songs and work down from there. You are asking me all the questions that I lay awake about at night and think about, thank you.
Inhe published a book, Streeters, which compiled many of his most famous 22 Minutes rants. It quickly became a national bestseller. In he published his second book, Rick Mercer Report: In NovemberMercer contributed a rant he had previously recorded in on the subject of teen bullying in high schools to Dan Savage 's It Gets Better Project.
Talking to Americans One of Mercer's trademark comedy routines on 22 Minutes was Talking to Americansin which he would travel to a major American city or institution and conduct on-the-street interviews with average Americans regarding Canadian politics, the weather, etc.
One famous example saw Mercer asking Americans' opinion on whether Canada should change its "20 Hour Clock" to the hour one used by the United States.
He received approval from citizens and from the Governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack. Mercer made international headlines in when he pulled a Talking to Americans stunt on then-presidential candidate George W. Bush was not amused at the time, but he did make a joking reference to this incident during his visit to Canada in In the same US election campaign, Mercer asked Democratic candidate Al Gore to promise to visit the "Canadian capital city" of Toronto after his election.
Gore did not question Mercer's incorrect identification of the capital of Canada. This was his last major project related to 22 Minutes—at the end of the — season, he announced his departure from that show. It was rumoured that he had decided to leave because of friction between Mercer and co-star Mary Walsh [ citation needed ], although other reasons include focusing on his other television show, Made in Canada.
Made in Canada[ edit ] Main article: The show was a fast-paced situation comedy which self-referentially satirized the Canadian TV production industry, often drawing from details of its own production companies and including thinly veiled parodies of contemporary programs.
It was syndicated abroad as The Industry and won several Gemini Awards which were themselves satirized in subsequent episodes.
The Rick Mercer Report[ edit ] Main article: Also inMercer went to Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops stationed there See: Operation Athenaresulting in the television special Christmas in Kabul.
Despite reports of a long-standing feud Mercer invited Walsh to appear on Monday Report as a special guest to promote her own series Hatching, Matching and Dispatching. At the end of its second season, Monday Report was the highest rated arts and entertainment show on the CBC.
Mercer has had a who's who from the world of Canadian entertainment and politics appear as guests on his show.