Comedian Ron James heads to City

Canadian comedian Ron James has a solid local fan base who will be thrilled to hear he’s including Red Deer on his winter tour.

He performs at the Memorial Centre Dec. 13 & 14.

Coming off shooting the fourth successful season of his own television series, James is hitting the road again doing what he loves best – performing live.

With an all-new show of cutting edge material covering everything from mind-crippling Bell Customer Service conversations, to mid-life meltdowns, politics, family, love, death and the nano-second rate of change on our rapidly spinning planet, James aims to tip the ‘apple cart of the country’s sacred cows with a rollicking marathon of non-stop laughs’.

“Stand-up comedy is meant to be seen live,” said James. “It’s religion for the funny bone. Comedy fans are in a room of 1,000 people or more from all walks of life, and for a couple of hours everyone’s laughing at the same thing despite their differences. Plus, there are no commercials!”

James was born in the coal-mining town of Glace Bay, Cape Breton and raised in Halifax. After graduating from Acadia University in 1979, he settled in Toronto and studied improvisational comedy at Second City.

He later appeared in everything from Home Hardware commercials to corporate training films.

Tinseltown beckoned in the early 1990s, so he headed to Los Angeles at the invitation of Ron Howard’s company Imagine TV. James was to join the series My Talk Show, but it was cancelled.

He headed back to Toronto where he penned and performed his first one-man show about his time in LA called Up and Down in Shakey Town.

In the late 1990s, he was a regular on Made in Canada, wrote for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and was voted Comedian of the Year at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2000.

James has also enjoyed popular and coast-to-coast acclaim for his specials on CBC including The Road Between My Ears, Quest For The West, West Coast Wild and Back Home.

For ticket information about his Red Deer shows, call the Black Knight Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626 or visit