Ward Anderson
Ward Anderson is an award-winning comedian, author, director, and host of the SiriusXM talk radio program "Ward and Al". He has performed all over the world, for tens of thousands of people, in a career that has spanned almost two decades and across several different platforms. He has appeared on such TV programs as MuchMusic's Video on Trial, Breakfast Television, and numerous other talk shows, as well as on his own stand-up TV special. He is also an award-winning commercial and music video director, and a Canadian Comedy Award nominee. Currently, Anderson is one half of the radio talk show "Ward and Al", with comedian Allison Dore. Heard on SiriusXM's "Canada Talks" channel, "Ward and Al" can be heard every Monday through Friday, 10am to 12pm Eastern Standard Time. Anderson's first novel, I'll Be Here All Week, will be released by Kensington Books in spring 2014.

Entries by Ward Anderson

5 Things You Might Not Know About Santa Claus

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 9:43 AM

Up on the rooftop, reindeer pause. Out jumps...well, you know who. Whenever Christmas gets close, children of all ages eagerly await the return of Santa Claus. Known by many names all over the world, Father Christmas is one of the most lasting figures in history. He's everything from a mythical...

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Classic Christmas TV Specials

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:36 AM

You'd better watch out. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to town. How do we know this? Because that song is played over and over again on the radio for six weeks every year. Not only that, but the popular kid's holiday song is also a very popular TV special....

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Five Things You Might Not Know About It's A Wonderful Life

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:48 PM

It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday tradition in America as much as Christmas trees, Mistletoe and TV Specials with Charlie Brown. The 1946 motion picture is shown on TV every single year during the Christmas season, and remains one of the most popular (and acclaimed) movies of all...

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5 Great Adaptations of A Christmas Carol

(6) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:29 PM

I'm not just a casual fan of A Christmas Carol, the classic Dickens novel. I can be a bit picky. I've been a big fan of the novel most of my life, and tend to catch as many interpretations as I can every holiday season. Here are five great versions...

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Five Christmas Songs That Suck

(10) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:14 PM

As much as I'm accused of being a fan of all things Christmas, I'm not always that easy to please. In fact, there are many parts of the holiday that I just can't stand. Below are five examples of "holiday classics" that always manage to be far more grating than...

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American Democrats, Take a Lesson From Canadian Liberals

(13) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:33 PM

The midterm elections are this week in the U.S., and everyone is in agreement that the Democrats are about to lose many of their Congressional seats to The Republican Party. This is especially embarrassing when you consider that The Republican Party has essentially no leadership plan, no issues on which...

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5 Political Terms That Don't Mean What People Think They Do

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:03 AM

This past summer I was lucky enough to go on a 10-week book tour all over North America. From parts of Western Canada all the way south to Georgia and over to Texas and California, with a few stops in The Midwest. I got to meet several listeners of my...

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'Quitting Drinking' Isn't The Same As 'Getting Sober'

(5) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 2:25 PM

I was recently on tour, performing at some comedy clubs and visiting book stores in the US, promoting my new novel, I'll Be Here All Week. Along the way, I ran into an old acquaintance, whom I'll call John Q. We struck up the usual conversation about all things pointless,...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Novelists

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:43 AM

I was recently out west promoting my novel, I'll Be Here All Week, which was just released a couple of months ago. While hanging out at the local Chapters book store, I got to answer a few questions about being a novelist these days. I found that a lot of...

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Spanking Kids Is Just Hitting Kids, and It Doesn't Work

(48) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Spanking doesn't work.

I've gotten so tired of humouring so many of my pro-spanking friends that I have to be as blunt as possible.

On a recent episode of our daily SiriusXM radio show, "Ward and Al," my co-host and I answered phone calls and emails from parents who insisted...

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41 Things I've Learned at 41

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Last year, when I turned 40, I wrote 40 things I'd learned over the years. Well, there was so much that didn't make the list -- as well as more I learned over the past year. So, here's 41 things I've learned at 41.

1. People always said to me,...

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Will Stand-Up Comedy Stay in Prime Time?

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 1:53 PM

When recently being interviewed about my new novel, I'll Be Here All Week, I was asked about the TV series Last Comic Standing, and how it relates to the main character in the book. About a struggling stand-up comic and his desperate attempts to save his love life and...

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Hollywood 'Nice Guy' Jesse Eisenberg on Bad Movies and Doppelgangers

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Jesse Eisenberg is an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actor, most known for the movies The Social Network and Zombieland. His newest film, The Double, is an adaptation of the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. All about a man who is suddenly faced with working alongside his evil doppelganger -- who...

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Please Don't End Mad Men With Don Draper Falling Out of the Window

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:11 PM

We are just a few weeks into the final (split into two halves) season of the TV series Mad Men. With the series finale just months away, people all over the Internet are going wild with speculation as to how it will end and what will happen to its characters....

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Why Did Dragon's Den Go From Transfixing To Train Wreck?

(11) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:19 PM

I used to love Dragon's Den. When it first debuted, I was glued to the TV, watching as millionaires haggled with inventors and battled with each other, bargaining to be investors in the next brilliant upstart. I was amazed at some of the clever ideas that would-be CEOs came up...

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Doctor, Please Don't Live Tweet Photos of My Colonoscopy

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 12:20 PM

When I first heard that Sunnybrook Hospital was going to be live-tweeting open heart surgery to the world, I thought what many of you did:

At least it's not more news about Justin Bieber.

After much thought, I've decided that I can't really get behind it. It's...

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Want to Understand Comedian-Speak? Try This Handy Glossary

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Sometimes comedians will be talking with one another and, to an outsider, it may seem like they're speaking their own language. That is why I offer this simple glossary for everyone who has ever wondered just what "Comedian-Speak" is all about.

The Light. Comedians are often given a "light"...

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Christmas Is Over, Take the Wreath Off Your Door

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Looking out my window, I see that it's a cold winter day. Snow is everywhere, and the flurries started a few hours ago. People are bundled up as they hurry along the sidewalk. Walking down the street in my neighbourhood, I look around with the wonder of a child and...

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Comedians

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 7:57 AM

People ask me about the life of a comic all the time. Even if they rarely watch stand-up comedy or never go to a comedy club, they always want to know about the years I spent touring full-time. "Have you ever been on TV?" "How often do you tour?" "What's...

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Five Late-Night Talk Show Bombs

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:06 PM

On Feb. 5, Jay Leno will have his final episode of The Tonight Show (again) before he retires (?) from NBC. Even if Leno simply moves on and stays away from TV, there is no shortage of of talk show hosts... nor is there a shortage of people who have...

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