gerald lunz and rick mercer
Mercer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and raised in Middle Cove. Republication or distribution of this content is 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. Schedule times are currently displayed for: ©2018 CBC/Radio-Canada. Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. I had no business standing on the stage for 90 minutes by myself, but I did.” The result was Show Me the Button, I’ll Push It. Prust is a pro hockey player (Vancouver Canucks), and his fiancé Morin is a busy Montreal-based broadcaster who also stars on Hockey Wives. But there weren’t and Lunz couldn’t find anyone willing to take the offer, “possibly because it was going to open in five weeks,” adds Mercer. presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution Galen Weston Junior and Alexandra Weston Mercer was hooked and the next step was that “four of us founded a company called Corey and Wade’s Playhouse, which unapologetically mimicked CODCO.”. “I’ve been on TV for almost 20 years and I just show up for work every day. Rick Mercer, who receives ACTRA's Award of Excellence on Saturday, talks about his two decades on television. GORDON PINSENT He was — and still remains — a huge influence on anyone growing up in Newfoundland who wanted to have a career in the arts. He was named one of the Artists of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and received the National Arts Centre Award at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards in 2004. “When we were putting the show together, there was only one deal-breaker: I insisted that I would appear every week, as myself, doing a rant on camera.”, Those rants made him famous and, when he finally left the show in 2001, it was to go on to his sitcom, Made In Canada, which was also phenomenally successful, although, in retrospect, Mercer calls its five-year run “the hardest work I’ve ever done.”. Mercer and his friends thought they were all set. And even before that, he found himself on that path to comic stardom that seemed like manifest destiny to Newfoundlanders of his generation. Mercer has also written for Time, Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post. You looked at them and it never seemed like an absurd notion that you could live there and write comedy about it.”, Initially without confidence about his onstage abilities, Mercer restricted himself to doing technical work with the high school drama club, “until one of my teachers, Lois Brown, told me that I was totally unreliable as a stage hand and she thought I’d be better onstage anyway.”, The first show Mercer did was a collective written by the students called The 20-Minute Psychiatric Workout. 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. “The plan was always that I would wind up with the Rick Mercer Report, even if it took a while to do it. In addition to being his romantic partner, Lunz is also Mercer’s partner in business: he discovered him and is currently the executive producer of The Rick Mercer Report. In November, 2015 he hosted the Giller Awards on CBC Television for the second time and will host them again in November, 2016. He has appeared in a number of feature films, including the Quebec hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop. He is the sole civilian recipient of the Canadian Armed Forces Commander Land Forces, Command Commendation in recognition of his support of Canadian peacekeepers. 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.

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