Rick began his career in comedy performing and writing in his hometown of St John's, Newfoundland with a series of one-man stage shows. His solo show, Me the Button, debuted at the National Arts Centre in 1990 followed by a national tour.
He received nearly 30 Gemini Awards and Canadian Screen Awards for television writing and performance and, in 2015, again won the CSA for 'Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.' He is the author three best-selling books and has appeared in a number of feature films, including the Quebec hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop.
On New Year’s Eve 2016, Rick hosted the CBC Television special Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017, a cross-country musical celebration from Parliament Hill ushering in the nation’s 150th birthday year. Rick Mercer returned to CBC Television in October 2016 for season 14 of The Rick Mercer Report. Created by Mercer and Gerald Lunz, the show debuted in January 2004 as Rick Mercer's Monday Report and moved to Tuesday nights in 2005.