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Centrepointe Theatre101 Centrepointe Drive

Rick Mercer’s Final Report

Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal

Rick Mercer’s Final Report

Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal
Centrepointe Theatre
101 Centrepointe Drive
Rick Mercer

Please Note: This event has been moved to CentrepointE Theatre.


Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe is located at 101 Centrepointe Drive in Ottawa's West End. It is a 10-minute drive from downtown and just a few minutes walk from OC Transpo's Baseline Station.


The closest major intersection is Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue. From the Queensway (HWY 417), take the Woodroffe Avenue South exit. Turn right onto Baseline Road and then left onto Centrepointe Drive.


Parking is free and plentiful!


Please Note: While the venue is accessible, the balcony seating is not. Please contact us in advance with any special accessibility requirements.

Join Alan Neal for a conversation with Rick Mercer, Canada’s pre-eminent satirical commentator, on bringing down the curtain on his hugely successful show.


Rick 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 his new book to keep us going.


The Final Report 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 fifteen years. Remember when he and Jann Arden travelled 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.)


Additional copies of the book will be available at the event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.


Sponsored by  Thom Fountain, Leader of the Thom Fountain Team at Re/Max Hallmark Realty Group



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