Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Ron James, who talks about his career in comedy and the entertainment industry, and what led him to write his new book, “All Over the Map.” During the interview, Ron lets loose with one of his famous impressions, talks about working with other comic icons, and what he hopes readers take away from his book.
About Ron James: Born in Nova Scotia, and primarily raised in Halifax, Ron moved to Toronto after graduating from Acadia University with a BA in History. Once in Toronto, he joined the premiere breeding ground of North American comedy, the Second City.
Ron has been voted Comedian of the Year at the Canadian Comedy Awards, appeared half a dozen times at Just for Laughs, the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals, Edinburgh Festival, and starred in the first television series of his own creation, Blackfly, which ran for two seasons on Global.
When Montreal’s internationally renowned comedy festival Just for Laughs commissioned a one-man show, The Road Between My Ears was born and in 2003 became the first of a record-breaking nine one-hour specials on CBC that fast became a New Year’s Eve viewing tradition, annually seen by 1.4 million Canadians. For five year Ron also had a CBC series, The Ron James Show.
Ron is the proud recipient of an honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from Acadia University. He splits his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia.