The Road Between My Ears is a tour-de-force brilliant performance stand-up comedy DVD by Canadian comic Ron James. Very few stand-up comics still tackle the daunting task of telling full-fledged funny story from beginning to end but James does it for 102 minutes.
This performance, filmed over two shows in Toronto, starts off with an autobiographical narrative of James' experience traveling Canada's back roads going from comedy club to legion hall to comedy club. His observations on salt-addicted moose lining the highway at dusk, truckers barreling down a barely two lane road high on so many pills "their turds must be Technicolor", the welcome respite of a Tim Jeezly Horton's segue into more autobiographical material about buying a house, jogging in Toronto and it only gets better.
Ron James is absolutely great at segueing stories so seamlessly you never see it happen. He magically takes you to his summers as a kid, camping expeditions as a teenager, and going to church with his grandmother and, before you realize it you are with him as he rants about Costco, Future Shop, genetically altered foods, and computers.
Those who have seen the version the CBC aired missed about half the show which is, mostly, the last few comedy routines on this stand-up comedy DVD. Here, you get his take on U.S. Canada relations, a quick coast-to-coast trip through Canada through James' sharp comedic mind, and, finally, probably the best airline rant ever (although it is about Air Canada so half of the material was handed to him on a gilt-edged silver platter when he bought his ticket on the flight to hell and back -literally).
The Road Between My Ears is an absolute must have stand-up comedy DVD.
Lake Superior, Junkie Moose and Ice Fishing
Tim Horton's, Starbuck's, and Hockey Parents
Roads I Drive
Hotel Room Living
Smoking, Dogs and Jogging
Mortgage, Moving, Bobby De Niro's Tomatoes
Beer, Bongs and Camping in the 1970s
Family Travel Tips
Crafts, Re-enactors, Ye Olde Inns
Church With Grandmother
Wandering Gene of Celtic Tribes
Tongue Splitting Fad
Aging Baby Boomers
War on Terror
Canada, America and Survivor
Embrace the Place You Are
Coast to Coast on Ron's Road
Air Canada Hell Flight
Other Ron James Reviews
Quest For The West CBC Special: now available on a comedy DVD near you
Ron James Full Tilt - 2007 Just For Laughs: This tax burdened ticket was well worth every tax gouged dollar I paid for it.
West Coast Wild: Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
Quest For The West DVD: Great comedy DVD from brilliant monologuist
Back Home DVD: Brilliant, great, wonderful, and so on stand-up comedy DVD by comic wordsmith
Manitoba Bound - CBC December 31, 2008 9 p.m.: Great stand-up comedy show, as usual.
The Ron James Show CBC Fridays 8 P.M. Begins 09-25-09: Fun stand-up and sketch comedy show.
The Ron James Show New Year's Eve Special 12-31-09: One-hour special. Fun but not as much as James' stand-up comedy specials of yore