Canada's most verbally virtuosic comic makes his literary debut--and he's just as richly, uproariously funny on the page as on stage.
His legion of fans--the ones who ensure his every show the length and breadth of Canada is a sell-out--recognize Ron James as one of the great stand-ups of his generation. His seemingly improvisational flights of fancy--no two shows are ever the same--are crammed with inventive phrase-making, feature a vocabulary Donald Trump could only fantasize about and put every word into the service of uproarious comedy.
He sounds like a man born to write a great book--and now at last he has. But this is a book he has been writing for most of his life, in his head, in his car, while driving from gig to gig.
In All Over the Map, Ron has brilliantly captured the voice that has enthralled millions on stage and screen. He also lets up a little on the usually relentless laughs (though there are still plenty of those) to reveal a new dimension to his beloved showbiz character. His hilarious reminsences of growing up in Nova Scotia and his early struggles as an aspiring comic, his reveries on such topics as family, country, celebrity, and lessons learned from myriad chance encounters, will deepen our appreciation of this great comic and win him many new fans in his new role as author.
RON JAMES, one of Canada's most beloved comedians, was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and raised in Halifax. He attended Acadia University, studying history and political science with the intention of becoming a history teacher. During his time there, he came under the influence of Evelyn Garbary, head of the university's theatre program. After graduating he moved to Toronto and joined the Second City troupe, working with them for ten years, before moving to Los Angeles in the early 1990s and co-starring in the sitcom My Talk Show. He returned to Canada after three years and turned his sojourn into the celebrated stage show Up & Down in Shaky Town, which was filmed for The Comedy Network. For the CBC, Ron has starred in Blackfly, The Ron James Show and a number of one-hour specials, including his immensely popular annual New Year's Eve comedy special. His writing on This Hour Has 22 Minutes has earned him a Gemini Award, and he is the recipient of the Dave Broadfoot Award for Comedic Genius and the Canadian Comedy Awards' Comedian of the Year award. He regularly fills halls all over Canada with his stand-up shows, and resides in Toronto when he's not on tour.