THE RON JAMES SHOW marches into Season 5 with a fast-paced new format, a stunning new set, and an even more exciting new set of features.
This year, Ron’s signature stand-up is punchier than ever, and now it’s shot “in the round” before a live audience. Hilarious new departments on the show include Bobby DeNiro’s Canada, where the legendary actor (played by Ron) pays tribute to our nation as only he can (“There’s no rats in Alberta!”); as well as From the Vaults, where film aficionado Elroy Faber affectionately dusts off forgotten gems found in the CBC archives, like the long-running Western Prairie Buckaroo, which due to budget constraints, was set in a single jail cell – for all 23 seasons!
Each episode of the series will also feature a comedic song, an edgy graphics piece, and 5 new sketches. We’ll see returning favourites like C-CON’s Buell Crawford - the right wing radio host whose guests so routinely storm out of the studio, all his broadcasts end with, “And once again, I am right and my guest has left!” - and new age guru Erskin Toob, who imparts dubious nuggets of advice in a series of Toob Talks to an adoring audience of self-help junkies. And of course, L’il Ronnie is back every week, stirring up trouble in a series of beloved animated segments inspired by Ron’s childhood in Cape Breton – but there are some loopy surprises this year as the beloved scamp has found some success beyond Canada – meet L’il Ronnie, the HBO version!
Special guest stars include many of Canada’s top actors, comedians and Second City alumni, including Rick Roberts, George Stroumboulopoulos, Karen Leblanc, Scott Thompson, Linda Kash, Eric Peterson, Peter Keleghan, Kathy Maloney, Pat McKenna, Sean Cullen, Max Topplin, Aurora Browne, Raoul Bhaneja, Sandy Jobin-Bevans, Allana Harkin, and Mike Wilmot.
ABOUT RON JAMES:
Hailed by critics from coast to coast, award winning comedian Ron James has consistently sold out theatres across the country with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. With a comedian’s eye for satire and a poet’s ear for language, Ron cuts a wide swath through contemporary culture with a razor sharp wit and machine-gun delivery, making him a stand-out among stand-up performers.
Ron’s one hour comedy specials, The Road Between My Ears, Quest for the West, West Coast Wild, Back Home and Manitoba Bound garnered nearly one million viewers on CBC Television. They also received huge critical acclaim, with comments ranging from ‘a comedic tour de force’ (Globe and Mail) to ‘explosively funny’ (Halifax Herald) to ‘hilarious verisimilitude delivered with poetry and soul’ (Toronto Sun).
Ron recently wrapped production on the fifth season of his comedy series for CBC, aptly titled The Ron James Show. The series is built around Ron’s poetically-charged observations about technology, politics, aging, identity and all the other things that go into surviving life in the new millennium. The show features stand-up, sketches, comedic songs, graphic pieces and a weekly cartoon inspired by Ron’s childhood in 1960s Cape Breton.
Most recently, Ron garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor for The Ron James Show, in addition to hosting It’s Always Something, the much lauded variety event for Gilda’s Club.
Prior to his enormous success as a stand-up comedian, Ron spent nine years with The Second City, performing on Toronto’s prestigious Main Stage for three years. When Mike Myers was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2003, he personally requested that Ron be the person to induct him. In 2004, when Late Night With Conan O’Brien filmed in Toronto, featuring Canadian superstars the likes of Mike Myers, Eric McCormack, Jim Carrey, and Michael J. Fox, Ron was the only comedian invited to perform a live set, that rocked the jam-packed Elgin Theatre. This was Conan’s highest rated show of the season and brought the comedy of Ron James into the homes of 4.7 million North American viewers.
Ron has been seen on every major television network over the last twenty years, both here and in the United States. Selected film and television credits include Tommy Boy, Ernest Rides Again, Wings, Night Heat, Robocop and SCTV. Ron created and starred in Blackfly, which John Doyle of the Globe and Mail hailed as, ‘…an original and uniquely Canadian series’. He’s been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Genie Awards (Something About Love), has won a Gemini Award as part of the writing team for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and has been voted Canadian Comedian of the Year (inaugural Canadian Comedy Awards). Ron also enjoyed popular and critical acclaim for his ninety minute television special, Up and Down In Shakey Town on CTV, leading the Toronto Star to call it, ‘one of the ten best events of the television season’.
Ron tours across Canada regularly, playing over 70 sold-old dates per year. He is also a sought-after performer on the corporate circuit.