Our government recognizes and respects all artists — unless their talent is being funny.
Ward Anderson is an award-winning comedian, author, director, TV and radio host. For five years, he was co-host of the talk radio program "Ward and Al." He has performed all over the world in a career that has spanned two decades and across several different platforms. He has appeared in his own stand-up TV special and his talk show, Offstage with Ward Anderson, can be seen on Bell Digital Media and Amazon Prime. A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, Anderson's two novels are available wherever books are sold.
Today there's a lot of pearl clutching by an industry that has spent the past few years normalizing the very behaviour they pretend is shocking.
04/30/2018 11:10 EDT
The country needs to stop pretending that the fetishizing of assault rifles and the fantasizing about armed insurrection are somehow completely normal.
10/04/2017 10:26 EDT
Our grandparents believed a person wasn't their job. They didn't live to work. They wanted a work day that ended on time and a job they didn't take home with them. Now we thumb our noses at the people we depend upon every day, as if they somehow are beneath us because of the jobs we need them to do. We talk about how these are jobs for teenagers, despite the fact that -- much like older people did these jobs 50 years ago -- the average age of a fast food worker is 29. We now act as if not having the highest ambition is somehow deserving of poverty.
06/05/2017 11:53 EDT
Hard to believe it's been over thirty years since one of the greatest moments in bad ideas. Yes, way back in April, 1985, we welcomed into this world a little gem known today as "New Coke." It seems c...
01/31/2017 01:47 EST
For many people, the Christmas season is the best time of the year not only because of the festivities, but because of the holiday music that is only played for approximately six weeks every year.
01/11/2017 12:05 EST
For people who are still wondering "how did this happen," do not waste precious time trying to figure out the voters. Look no further than your TV and at your local newspaper. There was news to be reported, but the media was more interested in a soap opera. They were the real drivers of the "clown car" this year.
11/14/2016 10:47 EST
Somewhere in the past 20 years or so, Americans started repeating a false narrative. The myth was about there always being "two sides to every story" and that -- because of that belief -- the media was responsible for always showing both sides. But that's simply not the case. By making mindless arguing over every single issue the norm, cable news has convinced a misinformed public that the facts are whatever is said by the person who screams the loudest.
11/08/2016 04:29 EST
There is something to be said about breaking the rules. As someone who, for so much of his life, did things by the book, I never thought I'd owe so much of my success to doing everything the wrong way...
08/19/2016 12:29 EDT
With the entire continent engaged in some of the most polarizing politics seen in decades, everyone seems to have one thing in common: Everyone thinks people these days are too easily offended. But they aren't. They're no different than they've ever been. And, as for political correctness, it doesn't exist.
04/05/2016 04:26 EDT
If you've ever known anyone who has lost their hair due to cancer treatment, you already know how disheartening and dehumanizing it can be. The No Hair Selfie campaign seeks to show support to the people going through that battle with a little cleverness and a tiny smirk on the side.
02/03/2016 04:18 EST
We set a dangerous precedent when we give tens of millions of views to videos so obviously phony as that one. We make it worse when we then invite the people who make them to go on TV and pretend they're somehow authentic. We wind up telling people that simply being a jerk is a viable talent to be paraded around.
09/18/2015 12:04 EDT
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 learned at 42.
07/07/2015 12:17 EDT
The argument about guns in America is a pointless one because, frankly, the pro-gun lobby won the debate many years ago. Like that Japanese soldier living on an island for decades, unaware that WWII was long over, the anti-gun crowd continues to fight a battle that it already lost. Americans long ago made up their minds in regards to guns. They want to keep guns and it is likely that no tragedy is great enough to change that fact. Not even a little bit. In fact, Americans not only want to keep their guns, they want to change very little in regards to how they keep them, how they get them, or what they do with them.
06/22/2015 05:44 EDT
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, about 1985. Let's open up the time capsule and look back on the Billboard Top 5 hits this week thirty years ago.
04/15/2015 08:04 EDT
The same people who protested The Dixie Chicks are some of the same people moaning about the unfairness heaped upon this little pizzeria in Indiana. People get the "Free Speech" argument wrong all the time. It is not, nor has it ever been, a license to say whatever you want, free of consequence. It doesn't remotely mean that everyone has to shrug and simply ignore or accept what you say. And it doesn't mean you're free from financial ruin if you say something that incites public backlash.
04/06/2015 11:27 EDT
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, the songs of my teen years hold a special place in my heart. So this week I'm taking the Delorean to 1990 and remembering what the Top Five Songs were on Billboard's Top 100 chart this week way back when.
04/01/2015 01:05 EDT
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 father figure to a kick-ass salesman of soft drinks. Here are a few random facts about the jolly old one.
12/19/2014 09:43 EST
You'd better watch out. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to town. There are very few popular Christmas songs that have not been turned into TV specials or movies. Below are five random facts about some that might just be on your "Best Of" list every year.
12/16/2014 08:36 EST
It's a Wonderful Life was originally to be released in January, 1947. Besides taking place around Christmastime, the movie is not actually a Christmas film. Frank Capra and the Columbia Pictures were so confident that the public would love the flick, however, that they moved the release date up to December 1946, hoping it would fare better for an Oscar Award.
12/10/2014 06:48 EST
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