Co­me­dian Ron James to share new ma­te­rial

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Co­me­dian Ron James is re­turn­ing to his old stomp­ing grounds to tour with new ma­te­rial in venues across the Mar­itimes.

“How can you not love this work? You get to walk out on stage, sing your song for peo­ple who are ready to laugh,” said James.

James lives with his fam­ily in Toronto, Ont. and says that he’s ea­ger to come home.

“There’s def­i­nitely a taste for life there,” said the famed co­me­dian from Glace Bay.

“That’s one thing you for­get when you live in this fish­bowl of me­dia over­load in Toronto.”

James’ com­edy ca­reer re­ally took flight in 2000 with the suc­cess­ful tele­vi­sion show, B lack­fly. Be­fore that, he re­ceived wide recog­ni­tion for his standup com­edy spe­cial Up & Down in Shaky Town: One Man’s Jour­ney through the Cal­i­for­nia

Dream.

It was dur­ing his three-year stint in Los An­ge­les where

James first watched the leg­endary Scot­tish co­me­dian, Billy Con­nolly.

“In 1991, I was church mouse poor, and I saw his spe­cial on HBO,” said James, who got to meet Con­nolly years later and re­ceived some ad­vice which he has taken with him ev­ery­where since.

“‘Just sing your song’ he said. Sing your song. He meant life as it is. Its lumps, its bumps, bruises, fail­ures and won­ders. Just be you. That’s what he was say­ing. Just be you.”

To­day, the vet­eran funny man says that writ­ing new ma­te­rial is still a chal­lenge, but that 20 years in the busi­ness has given him a good sense of where to find gold.

“You know how to read the land. Like a ge­ol­o­gist. He might not find gold ev­ery time, but he knows how to go look­ing for it,” said James in a phone in­ter­view.

“Talk about what you know, and what you feel. Talk about what’s wrong and what can be made right.

“So many young co­me­di­ans want to get the right peo­ple to see them and they want the right doors to open. When, re­ally, what you want to do is con­cen­trate on get­ting good,” he said.

James is the first per­son to point out that he hasn’t got it all fig­ured out, but he hopes that his blunt satire and down to earth style will ap­peal to ev­ery­one who comes out to see him.

“As the world gets in­creas­ingly heavy, it be­hooves the co­me­dian to carry the knap­sack for a while and lighten the road,” he said.

“If you want a ser­mon, go some­where else.”

My man­date is the same as any per­former. Give them a show. I think that’s what keeps me go­ing. That, and a cou­ple of Red Bull.”

Per­for­mance dates and lo­ca­tions

• TH’YARC in Yar­mouth on Nov. 20. For ticket info, call 902-742-8150.

• As­tor Theatre in Liver­pool on Nov. 21. For ticket info, call 902-354-5250.

• Hal­i­fax at the Re­becca Cohn Au­di­to­rium on Nov. 29. For ticket info, call 902-494-3820.

Con­tributed

Co­me­dian Ron James says he will be de­liv­er­ing new ma­te­rial at his shows in Yar­mouth (Nov. 20 ) and Liver­pool (Nov. 21).

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