Ward Anderson
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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.

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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

(49) 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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Hollywood 'Nice Guy' Jesse Eisenberg on Bad Movies and Doppelgangers

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:36 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 | 6:11 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 | 12:19 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 | 11:20 AM

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 | 10:55 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 | 11:33 AM

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 | 6:57 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 | 11:06 AM

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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2013: Year of the Persecuted Bigot

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Looking back on 2013, I notice a trend that somehow managed to cling to life from the beginning of the year right up to the final chords of "Auld Lang Syne": The plight of the persecuted bigot. Somehow along the lines, the clear-thinking rest of us missed out on the...

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Five Christmas Myths Floating Around This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 4:29 PM

The Holiday Season is full of wonderful stories and legends, many of which may warm your heart during the coldest part of the year. Jumbled right there in the middle somewhere is a tonne of urban legends and myths that many people still pass along as facts. Below is a...

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5 Things You Might Not Know About A Charlie Brown Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:25 AM

It just doesn't seem like Christmas without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. The 1965 classic TV special has been seen by millions worldwide and is quite possibly the most famous holiday special of all time. Here's five random facts about everyone's favorite boy named Charlie Brown and his little tree...

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Five Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:27 PM

"You'll shoot your eye out!" is just as synonymous with Christmas these days as "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" and "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus". The quote comes from the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, where a young boy in pre-WWII Indiana dreams of having a Red...

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Classic Christmas Songs

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:03 PM

For about six weeks at the end of every year, people everywhere are bombarded with the sounds of Christmas songs filling the air. The department stores play holiday tunes like crazy, and several radio stations go "All Christmas" for the month of December. Every song has a story, and here...

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Christmastime

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:46 AM

As the holiday season draws near, now is the perfect time to give you fine readers some random facts that you might not know about Christmas, December, and the holiday season in general. Grab a cup of egg nog and enjoy!

5. The Average North American Takes Six Months To...

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Mall Santas

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 7:48 AM

"S.Claus" works several weeks per year as a mall Santa. He is one of the few, the proud, the jolly. He works every year in malls and at private parties, posing for photos and keeping party-goers merry during the Christmas season. Below, thanks to "Mr. Claus", are some things you...

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Five Things You Might Not Know About American Thanksgiving

(7) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Turkey Day is upon us, and millions of Americans will be getting together with family and friends for food, football, and fun. Lots of food, actually. The average American will ingest an estimated 4,500 calories on that one day. Here are more facts about (American) Thanksgiving. Or as we call...

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