Ron James is a Canadian stand-up comedian. James was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; his family later moved to Halifax during his youth. He attended Acadia University, studying history and political science with the intention of becoming a history teacher.
He later moved to Los Angeles during the early 1990s for three years and got a spot on a late-night syndicated series produced by Ron Howard’s Imagine TV. After that show was cancelled, he made some guest appearances in TV shows, such as Get a Life and Wings, and an appearance in the movie Ernest Rides Again but mostly experienced rejection during his time there while incurring sizable debts.
He has also done voice work in animation for shows including Star Wars: Ewoks as Mring-Mring and RoboCop: The Animated Series. James also played a bank security guard in Tommy Boy. James starred in the television series Blackfly and Made in Canada, and won two Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Stand-up (2000) and Best One Person Show for his stand-up show The Road Between My Ears in 2004. He has also won a Gemini Award as part of the writing team for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and received a Genie Award nomination for best supporting actor in the film Something About Love. He currently has his own CBC Television series, The Ron James Show.
James has appeared at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, as a headliner with his own show. According to Ron, during a show in Ottawa on April 28, 2011, he separated from his wife two years ago and now lives in a Toronto condo.