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    • Rick was the 2005 Walk For Life national spokesman. The goal of that campaign is to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada.

    • Rick was contracted to advertise the one-ton challenge for the Government of Canada in 2004. This involved appearing in several Government ads encouraging Canadians to reduce green house gases.

    • A highlight of Rick's time on This Hour Has 22 Minutes was when he ate lunch with then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien at a Harvey's restaurant. A second was when he/they started a petition to have Stockwell Day to change his first name to Doris.

    • At the 2003 Banff Television Festival, Rick was awarded the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Award.

    • Rick released a book, titled Streeters, based on his same titled spots on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The book, like the spots, are 100% political commentary on things happening at the time of being written/filmed.

    • Rick appeared in the Canadian movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) as a Don Cherry-like character. Rick often spoofs Don Cherry, so he was picked when Don opted to not be a part of the movie.

    • Rick was one of the many featured comedians that were in the 2004 CBC special Comedy Gold. He was credited as working on Rick Mercer's Monday Report, even though the show had been renamed to the Rick Mercer Report by the time the show aired.

    • Rick was named the fiftieth Greatest Canadian in a CBC contest held in 2004. The contest was decided by votes from the Canadian population.

    • Rick made history in 2001 when his CBC special, Talking to Americans, attracted 2.7 million viewers across Canada. As of 2006, this is still the highest rated Canadian comedy special. It has since been shown many more times. The first three repeats of this episode each brought in over 2 million viewers.

    • Rick was a 2004 recipient of The National Arts Centre Award, presented at the Governor General's Awards for the Performing Arts.

    • Rick is very well know in Canada for his Talking to Americans sketches on This Hour has 22 Minutes and the same titled CBC special. He revealed that the questions they came up with were often designed while suffering from a lack of sleep while driving to the next site.

    • As part of his RMR show in Season 3, Rick put up a Liberal Leadership kit for sale on eBay. The kit included: 15-minutes with the show's writers; and use of the shows colour printer. Eventually, the auction was pulled when the bids reached $16 million dollars, with no obvious honest bids.

    • While Rick never graduated from high school (he quit to pursue his comedy career), he did receive an honorary high school degree in 2005 from a school in Nova Scotia.

    • As of the 2006 Gemini Awards ceremony, Rick has received 20 Gemini Awards for the work he has done on Canadian TV. He has many more nominations.

    • Rick joined on to Mary Walsh's This Hour Has 22 Minutes in 1992. He joined the original cast with fellow Newfoundlanders Cathy Jones and Greg Thomey. All but Rick were part of the CODCO comedy troupe.

    • Rick became so famous with with his Talking to Americans special that he decided to leave This Hour Has 22 Minutes to develop his own shows with the CBC.

    • He has a blog where he comments on many things, but mostly political things.

  • Quotes

    • (Talking about the Liberal Leadership kit auction)
      Rick: When we did this, we were doing this to determine what the market value of the Liberal leadership is and raise beer money. But, when it got out of control and it was at $15,000 or $20,000 I said we would have to give it to charity because that would have too drastic an impact on productivity levels if we spent all that on beer.