Alison Ann Ward
San Francisco, CA, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, writer, painter|
Alison Ann Ward is an American writer, painter, actress, and television and podcast host. She is currently a correspondent for the CBS series Innovation Nation. Ward has written for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. She has appeared in a handful of TV shows, including Nash Bridges. She achieved notoriety while collaborating with Georgia Hardstark on Cooking Channel programs Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia, Unique Sweets, and Classy Ladies, as well as the Feral Audio podcast Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia. In September 2017, Alie launched the science/comedy podcast, Ologies, in which she interviews a different expert, or “ologist,” every episode.
Alie was born Alison Ann Ward in San Francisco, California to Nancy, an accountant, and Lawrence, a journalist and news broadcaster. She has two older sisters, Celeste and Janelle. When she was 18, she enrolled at University of California – Santa Barbara to study biology, with the intention of pursuing a career in biological illustration. Eventually, she changed her course of study and obtained a degree in cinema before moving to Los Angeles.
While studying cinema in San Francisco, Ward attended an audition for the television series Nash Bridges, which filmed in the area. The role recurred for three seasons. After moving to Los Angeles, Ward continued to take television roles while pursuing writing and painting. She has appeared in several small roles for television, including Grey’s Anatomy, King of the Hill and Comedy Central’s Key and Peele.
Ward has recorded a number of fan recaps for the ABC series, “Once Upon A Time,” “Revenge, and “Scandal.”
In 2014 she became a correspondent on the CBS series Innovation Nation.
Ward’s paintings are often acrylic on wood and employ wordplay or are in diptych form, which she calls her “dichotomy series.” She likens her painting approach to sign making.
In 2014, LA Weekly named Ward’s Instagram account “Best Looking Instagram.”
Ward comes from a family of journalists. In late 2005, the L.A. Weekly hired her to illustrate the column 24/7 and in early 2006 she was offered a writing assignment to cover a concert. Within a few months, Ward had a weekly nightlife and culture column called The Mental Ward.
Alie and Georgia
In early 2009, Ward and her friend Georgia Hardstark jokingly created a cocktail called the McNuggetini, drafting plans on the back of a popcorn bag at the L.A. dive bar The Roost. Hardstark blogged about it on the website This Recording.
The website This is why you’re fat linked to the recipe and it became virally popular. Hardstark and Ward next shot a short instructional video, enlisting their friend Peter Atencio, a feature director who had also created shorts for Funny or Die, to direct. The video appeared on YouTube in October 2009, and became the most watched How-To, with over 10,000 hits per day. The pair followed up with two farcical how-to videos for the Ham Daiquiri and a Bloody-Maryesque drink known as the Bloody Bacon & Cheese.
Next, Ward and Hardstark began making “Classy Ladies with Alie & Georgia” cocktail videos for Scripps Network and Cooking Channel websites, and appearing on the Cooking Channel travel-dessert show Unique Sweets.
Their podcast, Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia, premiered on the Feral Audio network.
In June 2013, their travel-food show Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia premiered on Cooking Channel. Giada De Laurentiis was an executive producer of the show.
In August 2013 the two appeared in Drunk History and read the Lewis and Clark historical story.
Alie and Georgia, as they are known, have been covered by The New York Times, Time Magazine, Cosmo, the Associated Press, The Village Voice, Huffington Post, Serious Eats, Daily Beast, Gawker, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine and Perez Hilton. The McNuggetini has also been featured on The Today Show.
In 2017 Ward began hosting Ologies, a science podcast. A different expert is interviewed by Ward each week, including topics such as volcanology, primatology, paleontology, gemology, and horology. The tagline for the show is “Ask smart people dumb questions”.