Monday, May 27, 2013

The Alfred Ward is Past Due download and its 10% Less than the DVD!

I'm so FLLLLLLY! That's right! Alfred Ward is Past Due has gone digital and is available for download for 10% off the DVD's original price! Plus if you're willing to share your purchase on your favorite social network you get another discount! Check it out!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Two Years Back Home, I Never Saw This Coming... But It's Been Good.

So it's been two years since returning to the Gulf Coast. First things first at least I can say that I no longer hate myself for it. In fact that's a quite recent development. I've had a lot of fun, met some really cool people, become a comic, performed spoken word, theater, and even film. Hell, I even complied another book and produced two DVD's. All in all I must say that I've been productive. Of course these things weren't new to me, I was already a prolific author and performer in Northern Alabama before arriving. During my brief stay in the Atlanta area I even managed to get a television appearance for spoken word and it's where I got my official start doing stand up. But this was different, Mobile Alabama is home (Prichard) and the place I had vowed never to live in again. So I guess it was an appropriate as place as any to hit the proverbial 'rock bottom'. All that I knew was that I wanted stage time and I got it. I just wanted to say thanks to my home town for being home and making me feel like me again!

I moved back here after it seemed as if I had failed at everything. A missive tornado outbreak triggered my need to move to find work, my marketing degree was damn near worthless, I couldn't hold a dead end job, couldn't get hired to another decent job, I had already abandoned entrepreneurship for corporate America and had been fired, I was going through a divorce, losing my family, and for the second time in less than a year, my home. My credit score had gone from 700 to the 400's, $200,000 in debt hung over my head, a trail of broken leases, and countless unpaid bills and final notices. I could barely look myself in the mirror and that was before garnishments were enacted which seize over 50% of my wages before I see a dime. Everytime I seemed to be doing a bit better there was yet another setback. But all things must come to an end and accordingly so did my foolishness.

You can't keep a good man down and I decided to embrace comedy and film. Entirely new avenues of expression for me, yes I had dabbled but no pursued them in depth. I struggled, I was booed, I begged, and ranted. They had little to nothing to do with my previous troubles, in fact they were the next steps in my long term goals as if I hadn't experiences any setbacks at all. With each minor victory I saw that I wasn't a failure and I emerged from the storms of my past. It started with a single laugh, to ONE youtube view, until now I expect to get invited to perform, to be able to sell a product I made, and to gain views for my efforts. Yes I still have my other problems but not one in my mind or spirit, I snapped out of my funk once I noticed just how ugly I had become to friends and family. No, I still don't like to let to many people get close because I know what it feels like to be used for your experience and resources and tossed aside, but I know that I don't have to be a jerk about it. Just being assertive about where you stand and what you expect in return helps that. Besides no one has to go out of their way to make people alienate them. Being successful is it's own reward and you can leave those stresses to those people who want to stay in hell. I know this isn't funny or poetic and that's fine with me. I'm also an essayist, novelist, playwright, and screen writer. So the next time you have an adult drink, lift up your glass, and toast to better days and know that you're toasting with me!

-Alfred Ward

P.S. I'd like it if you'd go buy my new DVD now...
(Excuse all the grammatical errors, I ain't fixing them.)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My new comedy DVD "Past Due" Get a copy today!

I finally settled on a name for the new DVD, Past Due. I originally planned for it to be a show this past March which was to be recorded and made into my first DVD with standup but that didn't happen. Luckily I had some buddies capture some footage of me at a recent show which was pretty good so this DVD was born. It features a new animated It's Life and That's Fred episode not released to the web as well as the stand up footage, which also has some clips of an additional two more shows. I've also included the full length Internet Dating documentary and a couple more short films for 60 minutes of laughs. That's thirty more than expected because I wasn't going to include the documentary, but it turned out okay. Okay I expect a little head scratching at some WTH moments, but you know that's my style. I'll be selling them for $10, yes only $10, but that's because I make them by hand otherwise it would be $50 and wrapped in 24k gold leaf. That's enough dreaming because there's none of that fancy bulk order stuff this time and of course the monies go towards paying bills, I have a family to feed, and need gas to go from show to show. 

A little preview:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Doing standup at Alchemy Tavern this weekend!!! 5/18/2013 Come check us out!

Hello friends! I've been working on a DVD like crazy so I slowed down the open mic torrent that I had going so well, but I'll be back! I came to the conclusion that I needed a new product to sale after only selling three books in three weeks. Hey enough of that, this weekend I'm on the bill at Alchemy Tavern in Mobile AL! It's always a lot of fun there comedy or not so I hope you guys can make it!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday's Open Mic at Bojangles!

What else can I say? I love to hang out and that's how the open mic at Bojangles is shaping up. We're on the cutting edge of funny, pushing the envelope, and taking comedy to where it's never been before. Okay we drink beer and play around on a microphone but it could be worse, we could be without a microphone. I came with some notes and a list but like so many of these types of nights I wound up just going on a venting rampage. It was great! This is comedy! I hope BFG recorded it... I'll have to ask...

Mike, Eddie, BFG, Govna (The Host), Me

Monday, May 13, 2013

Here's a preview of some of the fun things I've been working on!

Stand up! Cartoons! Animation! Film! You know I get around so here's a quick lil preview of what I've been doing lately! ENJOY!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Coming Soon! All NEW episodes of " It's Life and That's Fred!" My Animated Miniseries...

Stay Tuned! The It's Life and That's Fred! The Animated Miniseries is making a comeback!!! With new Episodes LOL! Here's a sample of the first series. The new episodes will be on the upcoming DVD that has yet to be titled, but you know me I'll think of something! Watch and enjoy my friends...


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Alfred Ward's Irreverent Documentary Series Episode One: Internet Dating starring ET, Ricardo, & SquareTite

Recently during stand up performances at TAG and again at The Alchemy Tavern it dawned upon me that little in regards to research had been done on the dirty underbelly of meeting chicks online for the purpose of knocking boots. Please join me in a round of investigative reporting that attempts to get in touch with the internet as never seen before! Uncensored and with little to no editing. This is a real as it gets, or not...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

What an AWESOME Comedy Show @ Island Strikz In Gulfport Mississippi!

In the midst of my brief hiatus from comedy to do some much needed film work I received the opportunity to make up for canceling a show at Big Mike's in MS by featuring for Tommy Rustin at Island Strikz (5/4/2013). The crowd was awesome! For a moment I thought I was about to be heckled as had most that went before me but nope, in fact they did that scary thing crowds do sometimes in which they get so quiet you can hear yourself breathing. Then you say something and they laugh. I've been told that it means you have their attention, but it still scares the crap outta me when I notice it. Sometimes I just want to yell out "Fuck me, pull out your phones, make calls, go to the bar, order 12 drinks, and bring me one!" It was my first show in Mississippi and I'm really glad everyone enjoyed hearing my anecdotes about homosexual insects, Vietnam, and black supremacy. I'll be back!

Eric the Red, Honoree Kemp, Tommy Rustin, Eddie Dixon, Gov'na, Steven Street BFG, Some other black guy, Me

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Support INFINITY GIRLS : a sci-fi thriller by Burning Mirror Films!!! on Kickstarter!

Hey out there in internet land I have some great news for you! My favorite production team is in the process of making their first feature length film! I work with them often so I'm helping out however I can, but this is a great group of people and by supporting you basically get a copy of the finished film so it's a win-win situation! So what are you waiting for?!?!? CHIP IN!

Infinity Girls is a completely independent ~90 minute live-action sci-fi thriller film  -the first full-length movie from Mobile, AL production team Burning Mirror Films. (Mobile, AL is a burgeoning treasure trove of film industry technicians and creative talent, didn't you know?)
We're seeking only the most barebones of budget for the anticipated cost of creating this picture.
The movie is scripted by Daniel Hathcock (Broken Balance) from a story by Trey Lane & Timothy Dixon (Burning Mirror Films) and will be directed by Trey Lane.