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BIOGRAPHY

The Longer Story
Rick's comedy career began in 1984, his last year of high school, when he landed a job sweeping backstage and working the sound and lights at Ottawa comedy club, Skit Row.

By the end of that decade, he had stage managed three different productions at Canada's National Arts Center, the Miss Grey Cup pageant, taken a show to London, England and worked on a CBC national TV pilot. It was time to come out of the wings and see what it was like onstage. He went to Yuk Yuks amateur nights, and in less than a year, he was out on the road appearing at comedy clubs and one-nighters across Canada.Just for Laughs

The national comedy circuit and Rick embraced each other like long lost brothers. The stages he played grew bigger and more prestigious throughout the 1990s including Toronto's People's Comedy Festival andthe Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Other highlights include repeat performances on CBC Radio's "Madly off in All Directions" and a two appearances on the Comedy Network's "Club 54". He also acted in a number of national television ads and movies. Canadian Tire Ad These years included tens of thousands of kilometers worth of touring throughout Canada, England and the USA.

In 1999, Rick returned to Ottawa and was re-introduced to the city when he was cast in a popular parody of the Molson Canadian rant, "I Am an Ottawa Senators Fan".The rant was played at the Corel Center each night during the 2000 playoff series,I Am an Ottawa Senators Fan as well as shown on sports channels across North America. Later that year, Rick organized "The Ottawa Comedy Collision" - a benefit show that sold out Barrymores and raised thousands of dollars for the Ottawa Regional Cancer CenterFoundation.

In the winter of 2001, the producers of "Open Mike with Mike Bullard" put out a call for submissions in a national search for a new writer. Out of hundreds of applications, Rick was chosen for the job and his material appeared each night for the next four seasons.

Other highlights of the early 2000s is having a stand out performance at the Yuk Yuks 25th Anniversary Show at the National Arts Center, a taping of CTV's "Comedy Now!" Comedy Now!and repeat performances on CBC Radio's "The Debaters".

Through much of 2007/08 he was remote correspondant for 93.9 BOB FM's "The Morning After with JR and Sandy ".

Rick played at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2008 and 2009 which was broadcast on CBC TV. The Bus Strike Song

In the winter of 2009, it seemed like the whole city of Ottawa was singing Rick's "OC Transpo Strike Song".

In the summer of 2010, he joined the writing team for CBC's "The Rick Mercer Report"and has won three Canadian Screen Awards for his writing there.

This was followed by another gala TV taping at the Halifax festival in 2012.

He also wrote on the 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards and was Host Producer for the Canada 150 New Years Celebrations from Parliament Hill.

Amongst all this, he still plays clubs and private shows when not driving one of his daughters to an activity.