Mercer has new book, says he’s ‘less in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics’ these days

Ex-po­lit­i­cal junkie is con­sid­er­ing a re­turn to writ­ing plays, scripts

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Po­lit­i­cal satirist Rick Mercer has a new book and “a bunch” of projects in the works, but a run for of­fice doesn’t seem likely.

“I’m less in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics now than I ever have been in my en­tire life,” the St. John’s na­tive, who lives in Toronto, said in an in­ter­view for the newly pub­lished book Rick Mercer Fi­nal Re­port.

“I used to think about it, but I think if you’re an arm­chair ex­pert in base­ball or hockey, you al­ways think, ‘Well, what if they called me up and asked me to be the gen­eral man­ager?’ ”

The Cana­dian co­me­dian was of­ten asked about his po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions through­out his ca­reer on the weekly CBC satir­i­cal news se­ries Rick Mercer Re­port, which ended its 15-sea­son run last April after he de­cided it was sim­ply the right time.

Now that the self-de­scribed po­lit­i­cal junkie has the time to de­vote to such con­sid­er­a­tions, it seems his mind is on other things than what’s de­fined him for so many years.

“For the first time in my life, I don’t have an im­me­di­ate plan,” said Mercer, who co-cre­ated and was pre­vi­ously a res­i­dent per­former on CBC’S This Hour Has 22 Min­utes.

“Now I can con­sider do­ing things that I couldn’t have con­sid­ered be­fore.

“Just the other day I said, ‘Maybe I’ll write a play again.’ It’s been 25 years since I said that out loud, so who knows.”

Or maybe that 2014 script he helped work on for a po­ten­tial re­make of Nor­man Jewi­son’s The Rus­sians Are Com­ing, the Rus­sians Are Com­ing, which never came to fruition, will resur­face.

The script is among the reve­la­tions in Rick Mercer Fi­nal Re­port, which in­cludes com­i­cal and touch­ing es­says on his life and ca­reer, as well as a slew of the sig­na­ture rants he de­liv­ered from a graf­fiti-dec­o­rated al­ley on his CBC show.

“I’ve had my hand in many, many, many (scripts) over the years. That one didn’t get pro­duced, un­for­tu­nately,” said Mercer, who writes in the book about his friend­ship with Jewi­son.

“But I didn’t care. Head­ing into it, I knew it was prob­a­bly a long shot. But as I men­tion in the book, I would have done any­thing to hang out with Nor­man Jewi­son.”


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Rick Mercer shares a fast-food meal with for­mer prime min­is­ter Jean Chré­tien. His mind’s on other things these days.


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