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Turn your head and cough with Ward Anderson




“Testicular cancer? No – that’s a young man’s game.”

 These words come from comedian Ward Anderson relating how he feels approaching 40, newly married and dealing with the medical profession. “I’m now at the age where doctors are telling me ‘from now on’,” he confides to me. “From now on you take Metamucil – and you never stop.”

It’s a good conversation and I am extremely relieved. I never knew that most people who get testicular cancer are in their twenties and * spoiler alert * I have enormous testicles. Sorry for sharing, but for years I have had an uncomfortable fear in the back of my mind that I may possibly have a nut tumor of some kind.  (It’s like sleeping at night with two Tempur-Pedic pillows, but with less memory – and more foam).

 Hearing Ward relate what his doctor told him about the disease made me so completely relieved – that I didn’t waste time and money going to a clinic myself. Second hand health care is way more affordable these days and so far – I’m not dead. (Knocking on wood just one of the many benefits of my Second Hand Health Care plan).

We talk more about our mutual fear of children, Canadian work visas, and generalities then he runs to the stage as the host announces his name. It’s not an unnatural transition. Our green room conversation carries out again on stage, but this time its way funnier as he relates to the crowd his fear of having a son. Being a musical theater/dance major

doesn’t really lend itself to teaching a boy how to properly throw a baseball.

A jack of all trades Ward travels the country as a comedian, directs music videos, hosts the occasional radio show, bestselling author, and posts a popular blog at He’s performing this week at the Rivercenter Comedy club Wed-Sun. For show information call 210-229-1420.

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