Date: March 22, 2011
A year ago, Andrew interviewed Rick Mercer, a comedic icon in Canada, at the University of Northern British Columbia. (We hear he’s big in….Canada!)
Andrew wrote a whole blog post about this day! For us Americans who may not be up to date on the latest in Canadian comedy…
When it comes to Canadian celebrities, you don’t get much bigger than Rick Mercer.
Not even Celine Dion? :(
I was actually surprised by this– I know he still has his show, but I though his fan base was mostly limited to people who remembered his 22 Minutes/Talking to Americans Day. Boy, was I wrong.
A whole day, just for talking to Americans! We knew they loved us.
We asked Andrew some good old-fashioned interview questions about his own interview with Rick Mercer. Just imagine these words coming out of a tinny radio.
1. How was interviewing Rick Mercer?
Kind of surreal. He saw the CBC [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] logo and said “here comes trouble”, I’m assuming because he works for CBC too— just nationally, and for TV. Weird that we’re in the same organization.
2. Remember any good jokes he told?
He was full of one-liners, but what struck me with this event was how seriously he took the project (raising money for anti-malaria campaigns in Africa).
3. Did you get to ride in the helicopter?
Heck, no. Those things are expensive.
4. Have you been back to UNBC since?
Oh, yeah, all the time. I’m alumni and I have a second job up there. It’s a great place to be.