From the Promoter
Jewish Family Service Calgary is pleased to present their annual fundraiser, this year featuring Rick Mercer, May 5th at MacEwan Hall. Rick Mercer began his career in comedy performing and writing with a series of one-man stage shows, beginning with Show Me the Button, which he first performed at the National Arts Centre in 1990 and went on to tour the country. Subsequent stage performances were in I've Killed Before, I'll Kill Again (1992) and Canada: A Good Place to Hide (1995).
He is the recipient of well over 25 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.' Among other awards have been the Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the Banff Television Festival, numerous Canadian Comedy Awards, and he was named one of the Artists of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. He is the sole civilian recipient of the Canadian Armed Forces Commander Land Forces, Command Commendation in recognition of his support of Canadian peacekeepers, and in 2004 he received the National Arts Centre Award at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. In April 2014, he received the DareArts Leadership Awards from a charitable organization that uses educational experiences to empower children and youth facing life challenges.