(Is it just me or has this pretty much become a book blog????)
I decided it was time for a light read. And so this was an obvious choice.
Canada is a country with a strong history of political comedy. For many of us the high water mark in this field was set by the Royal Canadian Air Farce (though admittedly their last few seasons were relatively poor). But I think that many would admit that the current Clown Prince of Canadian political comedy is Rick Mercer. Each week on his show The Rick Mercer Report he has a rant about some topic or another. Here is the latest one:
Yes, sometimes Rick takes himself too seriously. Far too seriously sometimes. Sometimes he is just too earnest. ANd certainly those wild camera movements get distracting at times. But for me the weekly rant is one of the reasons I watch the show. Which leads us to the book.
This is Rick's second book. (here is the first) Like the first it is a collection of his rants, but this one also includes some larger articles/stories and a selection of pictures from the show (pictures don't work so well on a KOBO though). When I heard it had been released I promptly went looking for it. And I am glad. It was good for many laughs, but also (as is the nature of well done political comedy) is a source of thought provoking commentary. Even non-Canadians would likely appreciate much of the book (though there is a lot of the content which requires a knowledge of the Canadian political and social scene). And of course a memory of recent history certainly helps (in fact I could almost remember watching some of the rants--especially at the end of the book when the rants were from the last 12 months)