I'll Be Here All Week

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Ward Anderson

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Spence is a stand-up comedian who finds his once-hot career going cold. A gig in Canada introduces an intriguing young woman who leads him to rethinking his look on life, love, and his struggles with show business. Can a stand-up comic live happily ever after without it ending in a punchline?



Short Summary

Spence was once a popular up-and-coming stand-up comedian, but is now toiling away in C-list comedy clubs. He's not getting any further in his career, and he's not getting any younger. The constant travel and struggles with show biz haven't left much time for relationships or romance..until now.

After making amends with the all the people he's fought with in his recent life, and a successful appearance on "The Tonight Show," Spence realizes that what he truly wants is waiting for him back in Toronto. His love for Samantha leads him to a successful career in radio...and a happy life.


Midwestern USA, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Spence

Age: Late 30s.

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Desperate,Engaging,Educated,Insecure,Lone Wolf,Secretive,Sarcastic,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Blunt,Narcisstic,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Samantha

Age: Late 20s

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Modest,Charming,Complex,Sexy,Confident,Selfless,Outspoken,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Funny,Honorable,Romantic,Gracious,Heartthrob,Seductive,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Rodney

Age: 50s

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Narcisstic,Blunt,Power Hungry,Sarcastic,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Greedy,Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Jamie Hernandez

Age: 20s

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Underdog,Aspiring,Charming,Obedient,Complex,Confident,Blunt,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Faithful,Sarcastic,Honorable

Development Pitch

Spence is a stand-up comedian who hasn't had a TV appearance in 8 years. His once-hot career has gone cold and now he's struggling as he works in dive bars and nearly-empty comedy clubs. He's not getting any younger, and yet he has no idea what else to do with his life once he leaves show business behind. On top of that, he's pretty certain that his agent has been ripping him off for years. Enter Samantha. While working a comedy club gig in Canada, Spence meets this witty and adorable woman who has him rethinking the path he has chosen, and his years of pushing romance and relationships to the side. Suddenly, the late-nights of drugs and drinking and sex with groupies isn't as appealing as it once was. Samantha brings out the best in Spence, at that includes bringing out the best performances he's had in years. In the midst of falling for Samantha, Spence receives a request to perform on "The Tonight Show," a lifelong dream come true. This is his chance to finally break out of his slump and see his career finally take off as he's always struggled to do. But, deep down, he's not even sure that's what he wants out of life anymore. With the help of Samantha and his now-redeemed agent, Spence decides he can have the best of both worlds. He takes his comedy success and moves into a successful career in radio, making a home in Toronto with Samantha and finally finding the happiness he's been craving his entire life.

About The Author

Ward Anderson is an award-winning comedian, author, director, and producer. He has entertained audiences all over the world, from small clubs to large theaters. He co-hosted his own talk show on SiriusXM satellite radio for five years, hosted his own TV talk show for three seasons, and produced and starred in his own standup comedy TV special. He recently co-wrote a TV movie for the Lifetime television network. He is the author of two novels, "I'll Be Here All Week," and "All That's Left," both published by Kensington Books. Originally from Atlanta, he now lives in Toronto.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Kensington Books

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available