Talking to Americans (2001)

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Comedian Rick Mercer shows up Americans' near complete ignorance of Canada.


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In this show, comedian Rick Mercer pokes fun at the great Canadian irritation that while Canadians know so much about the United States, Americans on the other hand, know next to nothing about Canada. In response, Rick Mercer conducts interviews in which he asks Americans, ranging from ordinary citizens to politicians, their opinion about patently ridiculous statements about Canada and records their unquestioningly ignorant responses. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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30 March 2001 (Canada)  »

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Kysytäänpä amerikkalaisilta  »

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Was nominated for two Gemini Awards but shortly after the nomination ceremony Rick Mercer declined to accept the nominations out of respect for the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001. See more »


Rick Mercer: Excuse me, Governor Bush, question from Canada!
George W. Bush: Yeah, what about it?
Rick Mercer: The Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Poutine, said he would not endorse any leader in this race, but now he believes you should be the man to lead the Free World into the 21st Century. What do you think?
George W. Bush: Well, I'm honored. He knows I'm a strong supporter of Free Trade and strong relations with our neighbors, and I look forward to working with him.
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Spun-off from This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992) See more »

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Well-done satire, snarky and straight-faced
28 June 2001 | by (West of Windsor, ON) – See all my reviews

I'm from the U.S., but it drives me nuts how people from this country know about Canadians. This special, compiled from Rick Mercer's ongoing series on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, made me want to be on the other side of the joke. It's so easy! Writing the setups must be a blast ... "Congratulations, Canada, on adopting the 24-hour clock" ... and on 500 miles of paved roads, and on Prime Minister Tim Horton's double-double ... and on ... and on. Thanks to the staff of 22 minutes for some great laughs!

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