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Talking to Americans (2001)

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


Geoff D'Eon




Credited cast:
Rick Mercer Rick Mercer ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louie Anderson ... Self
George W. Bush ... Self
Al Gore ... Self
Letha Hadady Letha Hadady ... Self
David Hasselhoff ... Self
Jerry Springer


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 <kchishol@home.com>

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This TV special attracted 2.7 million Canadian viewers making it the highest rated comedy special in the history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. See more »


American: We demand that the Government of Canada discourage the Canadian tradition of placing senior citizens on Northern ice floes and leaving them to perish.
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References Canada: A People's History (2000) See more »

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I highly recommend this eh!
26 April 2004 | by CaleCat959See all my reviews

I loved it and am going to send a copy to my aunt in Dallas. Luckily she's educated her American friends somewhat over the years, but they'll even enjoy it and find themselves getting "suckered in". Note to Raelon - I also can name the first 3 Prime Ministers, know exactly the beauty of the Bluenose and the gracefulness of our native large cat! I also can tell you the names of every single American state and its capital! I vividly remember taking entire semesters in American history, the War of 1812, The American Civil war as well as its geography (including the Mississippi river system IN GREAT DETAIL), its economy and role in the World Wars along with all the other allies. I think we're taking a humourous, good-natured jab at our friends to the south (as well as a few shots to ourselves!) with this and its all in good fun, but also insightful.

They're might have been a couple of people that went along with it, or were intimidated into agreeing by the camera (rare for Americans - most will speak their mind) but for the most part, you can tell they haven't a clue what we're doin' up here! I wanted to hug the kid who knew we had provinces and not states! I highly recommend viewing this whilst wearing your Leafs jersey, sitting in your cozy igloo, eating your back bacon sandwich with a Labatt's, finishing with rolling up the rim on a Tim Horton's and a box of 20 TimBits with your friends eh!!

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30 March 2001 (Canada) See more »

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