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

Political Correctness Is A Right-Wing Myth

(209) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 4:26 PM

Watching TV recently, I heard another pundit complaining yet again about just how "politically correct" this nation has become.

There's that term again: Politically Correct.

With the entire continent engaged in some of the most polarizing politics seen in decades, everyone seems to have one thing in common:...

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'No Hair Selfie' Shaves Heads In Solidarity With Those Facing Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 3:18 PM

I've never heard of a single person who hasn't in some way or another had their lives affected by cancer. It seems everyone I know has either had it or had someone close to them has. For a disease that is reportedly decreasing in North America, it doesn't often seem...

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Controversy Rewards People Like Nicole Arbour, So Stop Clicking

(7) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 12:04 PM

For the past couple of weeks, people have been all abuzz about a fat-shaming video that has made the rounds online. A Canadian comedian -- She Who Shall Not Be Named -- posted an insulting tirade about fat people, only to find herself in the middle of controversy. After an...

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42 Things I've Learned at 42

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:17 PM

With a toddler running around my house these days, I find myself looking back over the years and thinking of all I've learned in my four-plus decades on this planet. Since I turned 40, I've started making lists I can maybe pass her way one day. Here's 42 things I've...

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The Pro-Gun Lobby Has Won the Debate

(59) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:43 PM

The recent murders of nine people in a mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has of course sent shock waves throughout North America. Once again, America is left mourning the loss of several lives at the hands of an angry gunman. That mourning is something it has...

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Flashback: The Top Five Hits This Week in 1985

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 8:04 AM

It's that time in your life when summer seemed to last for six months and the school year seemed to last fourteen. And when your heart raced like crazy when you saw that girl you had a crush on from all the way across the gym. I'm talking, of course,...

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Free Speech Doesn't Mean You're Free From Public Backlash

(31) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Last week an Indiana pizzeria was hit with massive protests when a someone at the establishment said that, although they'd serve gay customers, they'd refuse to cater a gay wedding. Pandemonium ensued and mere days later that simple interview has blown up into a huge media frenzy.

According to the...

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Flashback: The Top Five Hits This Week in 1990

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Time really does fly by as you get older. I blinked my eyes in 1990 and suddenly 25 years had passed. Yes, it's been 25 years since I was an awkward teenager, screaming pop ballads out my car window on the way to my job at K-Mart. Like many people,...

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Santa Claus

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:43 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 | 7:36 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 | 5:48 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 | 12:29 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 | 11:14 AM

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 | 11:33 AM

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 | 1:03 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 | 1:25 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 | 8:43 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 | 12:41 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 | 12:31 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 | 12:53 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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