For the first time ever, comedian Ron James is headlining at Stratford. No, not as Macbeth, or King Lear or Hamlet. He’ll be performing his politically charged, subversive standup set Saturday at the Avon Theatre. If you haven’t seen James live and in person, get thee to the theatre! It’s all part of Stratfest; ticket information is available here.

Otherwise James talks about his memoir, “All Over the Map,” a collection of terrific stories and smart observations gathered from twenty years performing all across Canada. The Doubleday bestseller has just been nominated for a Stephen Leacock Award.

We also take time to salute a few comedians who we’ve lost in the past year, including Bob Saget, Norm Macdonald and Louie Anderson. Also discussed is Judd Apatow’s recent documentary on George Carlin, and Ron talks about another one of his comedy heroes who once gave him some great advice — Billy Connolly.

All that plus Ron’s pick for all-time best TV theme song. Paddle up to this podcast, it’s always fun rambling with Ron. Just click on the big blue and white arrow above to head straight to the podcast.

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