Coast Lines Book Club with Rick Mercer
Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Join Newfoundland’s own Rick Mercer (Honorary D.Litt.’05) with Coast Lines host and Memorial University PhD candidate and per course instructor, Angela Antle (BA’91), along with author and humorist Ed Riche in this online discussion of Mercer’s instant bestseller, Talking to Canadians. For the first time, Mercer shows no mercy in telling his own story.
What will Rick Mercer do now? That was the question on everyone’s lips when the beloved comedian retired his hugely successful television show, The Rick Mercer Report, after 15 rewarding seasons and at the peak of its popularity. The answer came roaring along, when his stand up comedy played to sold out houses wherever he appeared.
And then came COVID-19. His legions of fans began again asking, “What is Rick Mercer going to do now?” Well, for one thing, he’s written a comic masterpiece. For the first time, this most private of public figures has turned the spotlight on himself, in a memoir that is as revealing as it is hilarious. In riveting anecdotal style, Rick charts his rise from highly unpromising school boy (in his reports, the word “disappointment” appeared a fair bit) to the heights of TV fame. Along the way came an amazing break when, not long out of his teens, his one-man show, Show Me the Button, I’ll Push It or Charles Lynch Must Die, became an overnight sensation, thanks in part to a bizarre ambush by its target, Charles Lynch himself!
That’s just one story of many unforgettable stories in this book. If you’d like the opportunity to ask questions:
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