Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 250 Front Street West
Date: Nov 2013
Rick Mercer first appeared on television in the satirical news show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. After leaving 22 Minutes he went on to star in Rick Mercer's Monday Report which eventually was renamed The Rick Mercer Report. After about 15 years, Rick Mercer has decided to retire the show. We were lucky enough to see a taping at CBC Studios in Toronto. After Rick welcomes you to the "Mercer Report" the camera always does a quick awkward pan from one side of a pillar to the other. We were sitting in the seats just below where the camera ends up after it pans.
As part of the show Rick travels somewhere in Canada to attend an event. The show we watched took Rick behind the scenes on the set of Murdoch Mysteries and to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He didn't have to go very far as both of these events also take place in Toronto, Ontario. We have also been lucky enough to visit the fair and the set of Murdoch Mysteries. We can't quite compete with Rick who has also been to every province and territory in Canada to film his show.
Rick's show is also known for its commercial parodies and his rant. Rick's rant is where he discusses a topic he feels strongly about usually while walking through a graffitti covered alley. It is also known for sticking to a very rigid script between segments. Rick basically says the same things each week such as "All that and so much more, but first please take a look at this", "And now it's time for The Front Page" or "I'm Rick Mercer, see you next Tuesday".
We will miss The Rick Mercer Report as it was as much a Canadian travel show as it was a comedy. Thanks Rick!
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