Jim Ruel is a comedian, writer, and actor. He is an Ojibwe Native American of the Bay Mills Indian Community. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he spent the first ten years of his career performing in comedy clubs around the Midwest. He was a finalist in NBC’s Diversity Talent Search which led to his first television appearance on ‘The World Stands Up’ which was taped in London, England. He was also featured on ‘Goin Native: the American Indian Comedy Slam’ on Showtime. Jim Ruel works in film and media as the Intertribal Entertainment Production Coordinator for the Southern California Indian Center. He recently worked as production coordinator for the upcoming feature film ‘Four Quarters.’ Jim Ruel is host/writer of the Indiginerd Project video blog on Youtube. Jim Ruel is an advocate for Native American entertainment, serving on the executive committee for the Media Image Coalition. He also serves on the planning committee for Honoring Natives in Entertainment Media’s annual Recognition Night. Jim Ruel currently lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and their daughter.


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