Book Review: Rick Mercer Final Report by Rick Mercer

May 30, 2022

Details from Audible:

  • Rick Mercer Final Report

  • By: Rick Mercer
  • Narrated by: Rick Mercer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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     4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 (26 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Number One National Best Seller

Longlisted for the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

Canada's pre-eminent satirical commentator brings down the curtain on his hugely successful show in this instant number one national best seller.

Rick Mercer can always be relied on to provoke a strong reaction - but what he said one fall day in 2017 truly shocked the nation. In a rant posted on social media, the great Canadian satirist announced loud and clear that the current, 15th season of the Rick Mercer Report - the nation's best-watched and best-loved comedy show - would be the last. After more than 250 episodes, 250 rants and countless miles spent travelling the length and breadth of Canada to do everything from bungee jumping with Rick Hansen to whale watching with Measha Brueggergosman, it was time to move on. What he will do next is still unknown, and Canada eagerly awaits future developments. But meanwhile, we have this book to keep us going. 

This volume brings together never-before-published rants from the last five seasons of the show, plus a selection of the very best rants from earlier years. And throughout the book, in a series of brilliant new essays, Rick shares his hilarious, moving and at times hair-raising memories from the past 15 years. Remember when he and Jann Arden traveled by helicopter to a terrifying bat cave in a mountain? No - because that trip went so horribly wrong it never made it to the screen. Pierre Berton - what was really in that joint he rolled? (It wasn't oregano.) What catastrophe took place in Norman Jewison's bathroom? And can the show still go on when your director in charge is delirious from an allergic reaction? (Yes.) All this and more is revealed by Rick in some of his sharpest and funniest writing yet.

©2018 Rick Mercer (P)2018 Doubleday Canada

 

Initial Thoughts:

 

As you see I'm continuing my non-fiction kick, I'm quite enjoying it and plan to continue for as long as that's the case. I've taken a break (maybe for good, we'll see) from using Audible and listening to all my audiobooks through Libby, which lets you borrow audio books for free (with a library card) quite a good idea! So this is from a show that I used to watch (not every episode but plenty of them for a good number of years) and of course, I've always enjoyed Rick Mercer, he is a great speaker/smart/funny, and a fellow Newfoundlander and Labradorian! So I wanted to hear this book and is could borrow it right now, I did.

 

Main Points:

 

This book is very different from any audiobook I've listened to before. It is a collection of his best rants with the show, combined with behind-the-scenes knowledge/trivia/info, his reflections on various topics (and some HILARIOUS stories from his life), with an added bonus just for the audiobook of new material!

 

One of the other noticeable differences here is that the book starts with some of his final rants from the end of the show (in 2018) and moves back in time to the beginning. It's something I've never read before it worked really well, I like how when he went back through events I could remember them (not all, I'm just not that political or keep up with a lot of world events/it's just often too depressing).

Mercer is a political expert (as far as I'm concerned!) and I'm certainly not but I can enjoy the humor (and serious points) that he puts in many of these rants. Mercer is not only Canadian but from my home province, so aside from always having more interest in someone from here, I've also seen him on TV many, many times (not just the Rick Mercer Report) and have always enjoyed watching him and hearing what he has to say. The Rick Mercer Report could be hilarious and this book is at times. I quite liked how he gives us plenty of behind-the-scenes/unseen bits (well unheard) and his added perspective on a number of topics along with some excellent stories from his life.

I also quite liked how this book is unique, not only in its content but how it's arranged. Instead of chronological order, the book goes from his favorite rants from his last season (2018) all the way back to 2004. It's really satisfying (especially you get older) to look back on events that happened 10, 15, or more years ago, it tests my memory and lets you see that a lot of the things happening now happened in a similar way before (like Russia attacking Ukraine) and that a lot history really does repeat itself.

Some of his stories had me laughing out loud (hard!), while others hit hard with astute observations on troubling events/facts/topics. Mercer has an excellent voice and it's always an added pleasure to hear an author read their own work. It was great to also get bonus material (Which was only done for the audiobook) which makes it more current and of course better value than the paper copy.

 

Final Thoughts:

 

At just 6.5 hours it's a quick listen and while I often listen to books at 1.25 or even 1.5 speed, I wouldn't think about doing it here. This book is not for kids, I'd say ages 13+. While I can't be certain I think someone from Newfoundland and Labrador will get even more enjoyment from this (than someone not from here), when he discusses his uncle and other unique things just here, it really connected with me. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it, 8 out of 10 from me. I wanted more and was sad when it ended, I'm sure Rick would have a lot to say about the pandemic and other recent events, I hope I get to hear it sometime.