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A Nation Worth Ranting aboutby Rick Mercer
Synopses & Reviews
An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada.
“[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more concise, and more believable, than any campaign ads.” —The Globe and Mail
“The comedian of choice for viewers who read.” —Toronto Life
“Canada’s hottest TV comic.” —Maclean’s
"Week after week, Mercer continues to delight with his alternately giddy and cutting political humour.” —The Canadian Press
“Canada’s leading political satirist.” —The New York Times
“A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane.
They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed—it’s an important distinction.”
—Rick Mercer, from his introduction
Within these pages you’ll find every rant that Rick has so brilliantly and blisteringly delivered since the publication of his previous bestseller, Rick Mercer Report: The Book. Together these rants form a chronicle of human folly, mostly featuring politicians, of course, but with honorable mentions going to people who don’t know how to use escalators and Canadian drivers who don’t think they need snow tires.
Is Mercer getting better or are the fools among us getting worse? Whatever the inspiration—Rick Mercer’s ranting has never been stronger or more on target.
There is a loud, cathartic laugh to be found on almost every page here—with the exception of Rick’s impassioned rant on bullying in schools, words that touched thousands of Canadians, went viral and helped widen the debate on a major problem. Also reprinted here is the rant encouraging students to vote, which resulted directly in a campus ballot and outrage in Ottawa. (People still are still standing on the left on escalators, and the prime minister is still very much the man he was, but you can’t win them all.)
In addition, Rick has authored three new essays specially for this book: the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of his meeting with Rick Hansen, a hero who absolutely was not a disappointment in real life; a heartfelt reflection on public reaction to his bullying rant; and an account of his response—mystified, followed by delighted—to the news that he’d inspired a “vote mob.”
Illustrated throughout with photographs and dialogue from Rick’s travels across Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About will make you proud, will make you think, will make you almost as angry as Rick, and over and over again will make you laugh out loud.
As with the massively bestselling Rick Mercer Report: The Book, Rick's newest collection will bring together his weekly "rants," interview excerpts and other choice items from his show, chosen from all of those broadcast since RMR went to press. But instead of the blog items and brief commentaries that graced the previous collection, this one will contain a much more attention-grabbing set of entirely new, 3,000-word pieces by Rick, including a hilarious behind-the-scenes account of his bungee-jump with Rick Hansen, his reflections on the "vote mob" response to his call for students to vote, and his moving reflections on the rant that has meant most to him, on the suicide of bullied gay teenager Jamie Hubley.
The book's title is also the name of a new speech that Rick will be giving at private dinners and corporate and charity gatherings across Canada for the forseeable future. The book and the speech share a name but will contain quite different material. Rick has a LOT to rant about.
About the Author
RICK MERCER is Canada's sharpest and funniest political satirist. He first came to fame with Show Me the Button I'll Push It, or Charles Lych Must Die, a one-man show that toured across Canada. He co-created and was a resident performer on CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and is now the host of The Rick Mercer Report, the Corporation's highest-rated comedy show. He is from St. John's, Newfoundland. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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