June 2019

Comedy Spotlight Mr. Ward Anderson

Ward Anderson

Mr. Showbiz

“The amount of drive and determination Ward has is staggering. He always has four or five projects going at once. Not many people have that kind of focus.” - Larry Nichols

“Ward Anderson for me is an example of someone who never stops working, Stand-Up Comic, author, radio host, father, husband. Spend a few days on the road with Ward you will learn more about Christmas than you thought you could, and you’ll learn there are a thousand angles to attacking your career you never thought of. Solid guy!” – K. Trevor Wilson

“Ward and I have worked together a bunch of times. He's one of the funniest and hardest working guys out there. He's also been super-generous in his support of my career.” – Martha O’Neill

“Ward Anderson is one of the hardest working guys I know. The amount of hustle this guy has in multiple forms of media is both inspiring and sometimes overwhelming to think about. The guy does radio, television, stand-up, and has even had a few novels published. As a comic, Ward Anderson has a special talent to command the stage. His brash, "in your face", style can easily turn an unresponsive group of people into an audience eating out of the palm of his hand; a feat that I have personally seen.” - Ryan Maglunob

“Ward Anderson is loveable dick. I mean that with all sincerity! He gets away with saying things that not many comics can because of his charisma. I love working with the guy. Whether I'm hosting for him, or vice versa, we play well off each other with the main goal in mind of making sure the audience has a great time.” – Brendan McKeigan

“Ward is one of the hardest working comics in the game. Whether it’s writing books, movies scripts or touring internationally, this guy knows how to hustle.” – Allison E. Dore

The author, David Reuben, is a huge fan of Show Business history and one of my favorites is Mr. Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy was a mutli-talented entertainer who could sing, dance, act, play drums & trumpet, and had perfect comic timing.

Recently, I sat down with Mr. Ward Anderson for an in-person interview and found out he is also a huge fan of Show Business history, but more importantly that Ward is an actor, author, director, screenwriter, producer, television & radio host and stand-up comic. Guess what, Mr. Ward Anderson was in a boy band in his early years of his career and can dance.

According to Ward’s mother Annice; “Ward started being funny at 2 years old” while Ward states; “I got all my creativity from my mom”. Mr. Ward Anderson was the youngest grandchild in a large extended family and was spoiled and craved attention and had an abundance of energy. Mom remembers; “What do we do with this kid?” By age 6, Ward was in Acting Classes and started writing comic books. Acting remains Mr. Anderson’s first love. Older brother, Rob says; “Ward was a happy child who was into everything and followed me and our cousin Chris around.”

Mr. Ward Anderson was born in rural Georgia and from age 6 onward grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. Ward states; “In suburban America, there is a lot of time to kind of sit and observe a lot of the quirks that make us who we are. That’s what “observational comedy” is all about, and that’s what my act was from the beginning. At the same time, maybe the ho-hum of suburban life just led me to too much time in front of the TV, watching comedians. Next thing you know, I’m a comic because I grew up watching so much of it on television.” Keep in mind that the Anderson family returned to rural Georgia to regularly to visit the extended family. Ward had a well-rounded upbringing with a lot of diverse characters in his life.

By high school Ward Anderson was an accomplished actor and was singing in a band. Mom Annice remembers. “Ward loved dress up and look good even in Middle School and High School”. By College he was entrenched in acting and theatre, Ward was so good in College plays that his family thought Ward would be a full-time actor. In fact, the family was astounded the first time they saw Mr. Anderson perform in a comedy club.

“When I was 18, I saw a young comedians’ club perform at my University (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, at a local bar. I asked how I could be a part of it. They allowed me 5 minutes at their next show, a few weeks later. I did well enough that they let me come back. Next thing you know, I was in the club and we performed monthly for the four years that a was a student. A few of us went professional. Chris Edgerly is a very popular voice artist; John Turco works the Northeast a lot. And that guy who first gave me my shot onstage? The very busy and popular comic Costaki Economopoulous.”

After a short stint as a manager at a pub style Restaurant, Ward decided to go after his dream of being in Show Business. He was working half a month as an actor in the Medieval Times show in New Jersey. Then the second half of the month he toured and established himself as a stand-up comedy. Ward remembers, “For two years, I was able to do that without having a “Day job”. Those two years helped establish me with enough booking agents that I wound up getting full-time stand-up work.

Ward toured internationally for over 10 years leaning his craft and realizing that business is the key to Show Business. After spending 46 weeks a year on the road doing stand-up Mr. Anderson also realized that he wanted a long career in Show Business and had to expand into acting, writing, directing, producing and always having a project on the go.

The author, David Reuben, realized after speaking with Ward that he wants to do everything in Show Business. Ward is proud of the fact that he has not had to have a “Day Job” in 20 years.

Mr. Ward Anderson met his wife Laura in Montreal while he was in town working and she was visiting friends in the mid 2000’s. After they got serious Ward moved to Laura’s hometown of Toronto ON Canada. Not only did Ward fall in Love with Laura but he also fell in love with Toronto. Today he is a staple in Canadian Show Business. He has had two radio shows, been on TV, authored 3 books, directed, wrote movies, gotten back into acting and evolved his stand-up comedy into a more personal act.

His brother Rob says; “that getting into radio has settled Ward down”. Laura states; “that Ward has grown as a performer and person. He loves radio writing movies and producing high end products. But now it is all about family and doing comedy about his life” The rest of Ward’s immediate family concur that he loves living in Toronto and he is happy doing multiple projects in Show Business. Anyone that meets Mr. Ward Anderson admire his hustle and dedication to his many talents.

“My act used to be ridiculous, physical, loud and stupid. I have no shame in saying that, because that’s what I wanted it to be. It was purely observational comedy, with nothing personal in it. Now my act is almost entirely personal, with anecdotes about my marriage, my family, my children, and my reluctance to getting older. Some would probably say my old routine, with the ridiculous pratfalls and silliness, was superior to my more personal material that I’m doing now. But I’m proud of the fact that I learned to bring my actual experiences to the stage in a way that people find relatable and funny.”

These days Mr. Anderson spends as much time as possible in Toronto with his wife and young family and has found a balance between life and work. He has gotten to the point in his career where he can turn down work that does not make him happy. Ward said; “every performer struggles with the idea of turning down work and maybe I am not turning down enough.”

To relax Ward spends time with his family and close friends. He loves to read and is studying Christmas folklore & history. He recently started a Christmas Podcast called “The Christmas Show.” He listens to a lot of Jazz and Smooth R&B. “I’m told it’s odd, but I’m a winter fan. I enjoy long walks in the cold, listening to music.”

Ward Anderson recently sold a movie script to the Lifetime Channel and has a new Comedy Special coming out on July 9, 2019 on Amazon Prime & iTunes. Check Ward out at your local comedy club and say hi. He may give you some fashion advice, Christmas folklore or kick up some old school dance moves.

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On a personal note, the author David Reuben, found Mr. Ward Anderson to be charming, honest, and well versed in all types of showbusiness. Young performers should use him as a resource.

International Songwriting Competition

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International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2018 Winners

R.LUM.R and Super Duper Win Grand Prize For The Song “Frustrated”

May 2, 2019 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected Songwriting competition in the world, is pleased to announce its 2018 winners. Created in 2002, ISC received almost 19,000 entries tis year from almost 140 countries. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.

For the first time in the competition’s 18-year history, the Grand Prize is awarded to an R&B song – as well as to artist/songwriters from Nashville, TN. It is with great pleasure that ISC bestows its highest honor to R&B artist Reginald Lamar Williams Jr., (aka R.LUM.R) and artist/producer Josh Hawkins (aka Super Duper) for their co-written song "Frustrated." The Grand Prize includes $25,000 (USD) cash and over $30,000 in merchandise and services.

“With R&B being such a dominant force in today’s music landscape, it is exciting that an R&B song is the Grand Prize winner for the first time in ISC. We are thrilled to acknowledge R.LUM.R and Super Duper, two artists who exemplify the present and the future of Songwriting in this genre” says ISC Founder and Director, Candace Avery.

Having amassed more than 48 million streams on Spotify, the Grand Prize-winning song, “Frustrated” was written at a time when R.LUM.R had some big decisions to make. He was contemplating moving from Florida to Nashville to pursue his music, and the uncertainty he felt during his relocation became the inspiration for his breakout single "Frustrated.” He did end up moving to Nashville, and it has paid off for this incredibly talented singer and writer. Easily recognizable for his sultry, soulful vocals and effortless falsetto, R.LUM.R has performed the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live and has been praised by media such as NPR Music, The New York Times, Vibe, Billboard and Rolling Stone (who called him “an artist you need to know”).

The co-writer and producer of the winning song is Super Duper, an up-and-coming electronic artist/producer. Touring with the likes of The Chainsmokers, The Glitch Mob and Big Wild, Super Duper spent the past year bringing his cinematic productions on tour with Petit Biscuit and Kasbo with festivals lined up such as Electric Forest. After writing and producing for others, Super Duper began to release music under his own moniker. One of the first singles "Angela" hit #1 on Hype Machine and entered Spotify's Viral 50 charts before being picked up by SiriusXM Chill. He also recently received a Clio award for scoring the trailer to Steve McQueen's new motion picture Widows.

“Winning the Grand Prize in ISC is a huge honor for me, especially when you consider how many incredible writers entered,” says R.LUM.R. “I wrote “Frustrated” at a time when I was privately going through some very personal things that I honestly wasn’t sure anyone would understand, so it’s amazing to think the song would be honored in such a big way.”

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other deserving songwriters also share in the prestige and kudos of winning their respective categories in ISC. These winners hail from all over the world (50% of this year’s winners come from outside the USA) and represent diverse cultures while ranging from talented amateurs to seasoned Songwriting veterans. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from Rock to Pop to Jazz to Country to Hip-Hop, and more.

Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success. Previous winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Gregory Porter; Passenger; Lupe Fiasco; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; For King and Country; and many more.

For a complete list of 2018 winners and to hear the winning songs, go to:

ISC is sponsored by: Art & Lutherie By Godin Guitars; Berklee College of Music; Celebrity Access; Eventric; Gig Salad; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musician Wellness; Musicians Institute; oneRPM; PreSonus; Pro Tour Nutrition; Shubb Capos; SongU; Sweetwater; The Tracking Room; Vocal Eze; and Westone.

Entries are now open for the 2019 competition. For more information and to enter, go to

For low-res photos of all winners, go to

For high-res photos, please contact Candace Avery at

Judges Include: Adam Lambert, Nicky Jam, Tom Waits, Portugal. The Man, Krewella, Rakim, Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Rodney Crowell, and More.

David Reuben, president of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to partners with the International Songwriting Competition ISC

I would like to welcome Mr. Shane Whalen, Director of Marketing, and the staff of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) to The Comedy Green Room Family.

ISC is the world's largest and most prestigious songwriting competition, receiving between 16,000-20,000 entries each year from all over the world in 23 genres of music, including Comedy/Novelty. We accept all types of comedy and novelty entries, including song parodies and stand-up routines (no music). ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to participate in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, as well as be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The 2018 judge panel includes: Tom Waits, Adam Lambert, Ne-Yo, Marc Anthony, Kane Brown, Dara Frank (Head of Comedy Central Records / Viacom), Carl Caprioglio (Founder & CEO, Oglio Entertainment), and many more.

The Comedy Green Room:

David Reuben started The Comedy Green Room in 2001 with the mandate to promote Canadian, US, and International Comedy. As a producer of The Hogtown Comedy Festival, Judge on The Great Canadian Laff Off, and adviser to many US Comedy Festivals, Mr. Reuben continues to promote International Comedy. Canadian, US, and International Comedy acts have graced the stage weekly at Ein-Stein’s Bier Halle for 22 years. Happy Hour Comedy is sponsored by and produced by David Reuben.

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Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or

David Reuben, president of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to be joining forces with Norm Shaw and Cassius Morris hosts of Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or

Starting on Wednesday July 25, 2018 and every 4th Wednesday of the month moving forward will be devoted to promoting Canadian, US and International comics. The full two- hour show which is live Wednesdays at Midnight Edmonton time [2am Toronto time] will be an interview to profile that month’s comic.

Norm, Cassius, and David are committed to spotlighting a mix of comedy legends and up-and-comers in the Canadian Comedy Scene, as well as US and International comedians.

Comic Jenius:

Comic Jenius, our show is 12 ½ years old. Comic Jenius has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award twice, and in 2015 (at the time) co-host Lars Callieou and Norm Shaw were voted best Independent Radio DJs in Edmonton by Vue Weekly’s Best Of Edmonton Awards. Our home is CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or around the world. We have a large listener base in Edmonton and area, as well as Australia, USA, South Africa and the UK.

The Comedy Green Room:

David Reuben started The Comedy Green Room in 2001 with the mandate to promote Canadian, US, and International Comedy. As a producer of The Hogtown Comedy Festival, Judge on The Great Canadian Laff Off, and adviser to many US Comedy Festivals, Mr. Reuben continues to promote Canadian Comedy. Canadian, US, and International Comedy acts have grace the stage weekly at Ein-Stein’s Bier Halle for 22 years. Happy Hour Comedy is sponsored by and produced by David Reuben.

To be considered for a profile on Comic Jenius please e-mail: Please include your contact information.

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Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein June 2nd Cancelled for the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors game @ 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein June 9th Host Janice Israeloff Featuring: A True Open Mic. Sign Up 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein June 16th Host Ruby Featuring: A True Open Mic. Sign Up 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto [Depending on the Raptors & Golden State playoff Series]

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein June 23rd Host Lisa Feingold Featuring: A True Open Mic. Sign Up 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein June 30th Host Ruby Featuring: A True Open Mic. Sign Up 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto

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Kenny Robinson and the Nubian Disciples of Pryor: June 30th at 8:30 pm... Yuk Yuk’s Downtown 224 Richmond W. in Toronto, ON 416.967.6425. Mention you found out about this event on

Comedy Monday Night in Calgary Alberta

Every Monday Night; at 8pm @ Broken City 613-11 Ave. SW. in Calgary, AB James Moore presents Western Canada’s longest running open mic where amateur, professional and first time comedians gather. For more information visit Mention you found out about this event on

Every Tuesday Night; at 8pm @ Blind Beggar 4608 McLeod Trail S.W. in Calgary, AB Cory Harding presents Western Canada’s Tuesday Night open mic where amateur, professional and first-time comedians gather. For more information contact Cory at To book a spot

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The Canadian Comedy Community

This Page is for Comics, Comedy Clubs and Producers in Canada to post their shows, events and availability. Let’s bring Canada together in Comedy All Canadian Events Welcome. No Bullying

Shows from my funny friends Cleve Jones & Victoria Stewart

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Comedy Animation:

Ms. Jordyn Shapiro has just completed a comedy animation titled "Ruby The Darkest Mind in Comedy. Check out this talent artist work at

This & That:

Stage Time Magazine: David Reuben, president of, would like to thank Tasha A. Harris of Stage Time Magazine for doing the excellent article on The Comedy Green Room. Check it out by visiting or

New Book:

Help! My Feelings are sticking out of my gown! An expressive therapeutic workbook created for chronic illness, medical or physically challenged children and young adolescents. Author Maurie Shapiro-Comenzo, PhD Co-Author/illustrator Jordyn Shapiro. For more information visit

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David Reuben, President, of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to welcome the “All Joking Aside” team to The Comedy Green Room Family. I would like to thank Producer, Jon Ornoy, Director, Shannon Kohli, Elizabeth McCarthy and the rest of the “All Joking Aside” team for welcoming The Comedy Green Room to this exciting stand-up project.


VANCOUVER, B.C. – Feature film All Joking Aside follows the struggles of a young woman searching for her voice as a comedian, is launching a crowdfunding effort October 10 to October 31 to raise $30,000 in production financing, and lend support to non-profits Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians (CASC) and Stand-Up! Girls.

Exploring novel ways to engage our audience Animal Mother Films (AMF) is welcoming the public to become active participants in the film-making process, and connect with a community of comedians and comedy lovers. AMF is offering a unique range of perks and ways to join our film-making team, regardless of where they live. The campaign will also see partial proceeds directed to CASC and Stand Up Girls to support their comedic efforts in the real world.

Stand Up! Girls is a non-profit organization that offers free workshops in New York City to educate, inspire and equip girls from underserved communities with the communication skills necessary to succeed in and lead male-dominated workplaces. CASC is a professional association that is currently engaged in a drive to have stand-up comedy declared an official art form in Canada. To find out more please visit our website at

All Joking Aside is a feature-length comedy film about the barriers women face in the entertainment industry, told through the story of one young woman committed to beating the odds and pursuing her dream of becoming a stand-up comic. It’s 2018, and despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women still only count for about 10% of the performers at comedy clubs. If we accept that women are just as funny as men, the question becomes why are there not more female comics, and what can we do about it?

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Charity Work:

The Comedy Green Room is proud to be aligned with these two wonderful charities.

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I would like to thank Ms. Skylar Hart for her hard work and dedication for on taking on this redesign project of

Skylar Hart is a passionate, incredibly hardworking person with many talents and interests in a variety of industries.

​She's been fortunate to collaborate with many leading companies in television and film production in New York City for television shows and live events.

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​When she's not behind the camera, she's an actor and petite model!

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Kenny Robinson & Darren Frost Present: Rank N Vile

Misters Robinson and Frost combine their talents for a fun night of XXX Rated Comedy. Click on the link below to find out where they will be next. Mention you found out about this event on

New Book!!

"You Can Do Anything"

Part memoir, part pep talk, Boris Chernaiks " You Can Do Anything" charts an incredible story from a three-time immigrant child wearing hand-me-down socks from the poor box to international renown performing for Royalty in the Middle East. For full book review visit:

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Best Before!

The Comedy Green Room’s lovely and talented friend Ms. Kate Davis and her collaborator Ms. Kelly Fanson were finalist in the 2016 Stand Up & Pitch [Just For Laughs 2016] for their web series “Best Before”.

Kate Davis is a twelve-time nominee (for Best Female Standup as well as for the prestigious Phil Hartman Award) at the Canadian Comedy Awards. She is also the star of her own hour-long CTV/The Comedy Network special, Comedy Now. Kate Davis was the first female comic chosen to be on and a multiple time “Comic of The Week”.

Kelly Fanson is an acclaimed actor and voice performer, with writing, producing and directing credits. Along with optioning screenplays she has directed theatre for The Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Toronto residents Kelly Fanson, left, and Kate Davis have created a comedy web series inspired by their lives called ‘Best Before,’ aimed at the 40-something audience.

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Comedy Album!

The Comedy Green Room’s lovely and talented friend Ms. Kate Davis has a new comedy album "House Arrest" Produced by Howl & Roar Records available on iTunes! This is an album you should download if you are a comedy Fan. Not only is Kate a funny stand-up she is a wonderful person.

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Book Launch:

You can get Kate’s New Book at on Amazon also available for Kobo & Kindle.

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