Series / The Rick Mercer Report
Canadian comedy news program (2004-) airing on CBC
hosted by Rick Mercer. Each week's program involves satirical news commentary, sketches, parodies of ads and TV shows, and interviews with political/entertainment figures of the day. In addition, there are longer segments of Rick visiting various people/places across Canada. These segments often highlight ordinary Canadians who do extraordinary things, from Paralympians
to the Rangers
to giant pumpkin growers
to circus performers
to lobster fishermen
to RCMP trainees
The tone of the program is quite kind towards the politicians it mocks. Over the years, probably every major Canadian political figure has gone on the show, obviously for the positive publicity of being seen as a comic good sport. Memorable instances include Rick having a burger with Jean Chretien, skinny dipping with Bob Rae, having a sleepover at 24 Sussex (with prime minister Stephen Harper reading bedtime election regislation), having Pierre Berton to demonstrate the correct way to roll a joint of marijuana, or getting every member of parliament to participate in a spoof of the Budlight dude commercial
The show is a spinoff of sorts from This Hour Has 22 Minutes
, where Rick was one of the co-hosts. Unlike 22 Minutes
or Royal Canadian Air Farce
which derives a major portion of comedy from impressions of public figures, The Mercer Report
tends to get the real life
public figures to come and make fun of themselves.
- Artistic License – Gun Safety: Rick's visit to the Ontario Provincial Police's SWAT Team plays up the fact that he's a novice with firearms, the cops even walk off the firing line when Rick asks if he can fire his MP-5 at full auto. He later takes part in an exercise and does things with his gun that makes it very clear that it's a good thing that he didn't have a magazine inserted.
- Bee Afraid: Rick was once visited a bee farm and was covered with over 400 live bees. He said it was one of the scariest things he'd ever done for the show.
- Canada, Eh?: Rick loves playing this trope.
- Canadian Politics: Often joked about. This show has invited many prominent politicians, including previous and current Prime Ministers.
- Face Cam: Mercer's infamous rants (read on).
- Groin Attack: The Revenue Canada/Capital One parody Knee in my Package.
- Human Interest Story: The segments of Rick travelling to events (often in small towns) and participating in whatever is going on. Arguably a highlight of the show.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: During a visit to the Atlantic Police Academy, Rick accidentally shot himself in the foot while holstering his weapon (it was with a Simunition roundnote , but still hurt).
- Lie Detector: Rick is given a polygraph test during a visit to the Atlantic Police Academy. The chief administering the test is able to determine some embarrassing truths about Rick.
- Meta Phorgotten: (A fake ad for George W. Bush): "Some say the glass is half empty, others say its half full. George W Bush says 'that's my glass, keep your hands off my glass or I'll break it and cut you with the glass.' George W Bush. He'll cut ya."
- News Parody: Downplayed. Although Rick got this show due to his success with This Hour Has 22 Minutes, he does very little satire on this show. The bulk of the program is taken up by Rick showcasing various people, organizations, and attractions in Canada with a few satirical ads and headlines done as inserts.
- Parody Commercial: one or two an episode, always just before a real ad break.
- Rant Comedy: A staple of the Report, carried over from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, is "The Rant." Rick has even ranted about how to rant.
- The Slacker: Not being trained to do lifting and other work requiring strength, Rick often leaves it to the real people to do it.
- Stepford Smiler: Invoked in this Parody Commercial about Canada's Liberal Party.