Monday, March 03, 2014

Rick Mercer Report on CBC

Canadian comedian Rick Mercer is the star of the CBC with his weekly comedy show about current events featuring his famous Queen Street Graffiti Alley Rants. Broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 pm the Rick Mercer Report (RMR) is taped in front of a live audience and tickets are free - just darn near impossible to get and the 2013-2014 season is already sold out.
With four people trying to get tickets, Fresh Joe was the only one who managed to score some seats. Our live taping happened on Friday, February 28, 2014 in the studios of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Front Street West in Toronto.
Rick looks towards Bob, the stage director
Cool blue and green set
Teleprompter in case Rick forgets his name
"Tickets are limited to 4 per person, at 1 taping per season. Due to high demand for tickets we do not book groups for the tapings. Tickets are available for pickup only on the night of performance. We ask that you arrive between 6:45 – 7:15 PM, the doors will close sharply at 7:15 PM. The taping will last approximately 1 hour."
Down in the Atrium

With ticket email confirmation in hand you can go into the CBC building at 25 John Street and wait in line in the green atrium. When they start the line moving you confirm your identity on their list, receive your official RMR tickets and then you go up to the 10th in the two elevators. In the wheelchair accessible studio you let them know how many in your party and the Audience Assistants show you to your seats, then you wait for the large television cameras to come out and Rick Mercer to make his first appearance.

Rick at his glass desk

Many of the show components are filmed at an earlier time such as his on site interviews and adventures, the Rant and his comedy commercials. In the studio he ties it altogether with several new bits and the audience watches and reacts to the taped segments. Rick immediately tells the audience that he loves photography - just no flash photos during taping.
It was great fun watching the show being put together and Rick is extremely funny so it was a great night of entertainment. At the end of the show Rick stays and meets everyone that wants a photo or autograph.

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