Comedian and Host of CBC's The Debaters
Though most familiar to over 700,000 weekly listeners as host of the hit comedy “The Debaters” on CBC Radio One, it is as an award-winning stand-up comedian and Master of Ceremonies where Steve Patterson proves most masterful. Since leaving a full-time career as a copywriter behind in 1997, Patterson has performed all over the English-speaking world in comedy clubs, theatres and live events.
This fall will see the release of his first book, The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send: a collection of unsent missives (long a staple of his stand-up comedy routine) in which no subject or target is off-limits. Comedian Debra Giovanni raves that it’s “just like Steve Patterson: funny, smart, and just a tiny bit weird.”
“If I’d known he was going to be THAT good I would have cancelled him.”
In 2014, Patterson completed his first national theatre tour of his one man show called “This is Not Debatable” and released a comedy album of the same name, both of which received strong critical acclaim. He also hosted a one hour special called “I Wrecked My House” for HGTV Canada which earned him a 2015 Canadian Screen Award nomination and helped the series get picked up for a 14 episode run scheduled to air on HGTV this spring. This year Patterson will embark on his second national theatre tour entitled “I Laugh Therefore I Think,” and will continue his hosting duties with CBC Radio on the ninth season of The Debaters.
Stand-Up At Its Finest
Steve Patterson isn’t just a comic. He’s up-to-the-moment with current events, meticulous in creating material, and lightning-quick with a comeback. He is confident but self-deprecating. And, while he'll have fun with his audience, he’ll never make fun of an audience member unless the target of his joke is laughing the loudest in the room. This is stand-up comedy at its finest: responsive, incredibly current, and guaranteed to engage everyone in the room.
As host of CBC's The Debaters and an acclaimed stand-up comic, Steve Patterson has a lot of experience behind the mic. Fast on his feet, with a unique talent for inserting quick jokes between introductions, he keeps an event moving while making sure the audience is engaged and laughing throughout. He would be pleased to lead any event that needs a professional, personable, and unequivocally hilarious host or Master of Ceremonies.
The Debaters: Live
Based on the CBC Radio Show, The Debaters, Steve Patterson offers a customized version of the show written specifically for your company. The Debaters Live! is a stimulating way to liven up your next event, corporate function or fund-raiser. Real live Debaters host, Steve Patterson and two stand-up comedians whom have appeared on the show will entertain your group with a relevant exchange of facts and funny tailored to suit your needs, industry or event. As always, The Debaters guarantees comedy that is manufactured with 100 percent original and hilarious material. Created by Richard Side, who also executive produces The Debaters, this is a unique, cross-platform production that is well known to the large, loyal audience it has been entertaining on CBC Radio One for almost 10 years.
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC
Over the years, we’ve worked with many entertainers for our gala, and Steve is one of a kind! Not only is he ridiculously funny, he is warm and engaging, and spends the time getting to know the crowd so he is able to be current, relevant and really make people feel connected. The perfect proof? Steve has helped us to create the kind of experience at our gala that resulted in our most successful fundraiser yet! We. LOVE. Steve Patterson!
Ernst & Young
Everyone thought that Steve Patterson was amazing—so witty, funny and just on the mark. He was bang on and very quick on his feet to react to the crowd which had a big impact. I think that he really kept everyone engaged.
Grain Farmers of Ontario
We were blown away with the customization of this show! Steve connected with our audience from the second he stepped on stage. He’s simply in a league of his own.
Steve presented an engaging, funny, relevant and appropriate performance to my clients and colleagues. His ability to incorporate recent events, comments from the crowd, and our business into his material was amazing.
Canada Masonry Centre
Many people came up afterwards and commented on how great Steve was or how he set the right tone and flow for the evening. They felt like “he got them” as an audience. My sincere thanks and appreciation for doing what you do, so well.
Frito Lay North America
Steve kept everything running smoothly with intelligent wit at every point and punctuated with absolutely hysterical bits of comic genius.
His talent borders on a type of brilliance I've rarely seen in either the worlds of comedy or business. Sold-out audiences consistently pointed out Steve as the highlight of the night.
Price Waterhouse Coopers
I have heard nothing but rave reviews as to the quality, wit and intelligence of your show...you had our audience in fits of uncontrollable laughter for 60 minutes!
Rotman school of Management, University of Toronto
I have never seen such preparedness in a stand-up comedian. You had quite obviously done your homework on the school and me. You had everyone laughing from the word go and kept it up for the entire set.
Basics Office Products
Everyone thought Steve was hilarious and thoroughly enjoyed his show. I would recommend him to anyone considering him.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Not only did your style of humour appeal to our diverse group, it was clear that this was a customized show based on the research you did within a very short time frame.
The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send
Steve Patterson’s The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send is a collection of—wait for it—letters, written by award-winning stand-up comedian—you guessed it—Steve Patterson.
The host of CBC Radio’s The Debaters since 2007, Steve Patterson has become a household name, with more than 700,000 listeners tuning in each week. He has performed at several of the Just for Laughs prestigious televised galas, including one hosted by Steve Martin. Considered to be the highlight of the show by the audience and critics alike, Patterson’s performance prompted the legendary Martin to quip, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”
Patterson’s letters, long a staple of his stand-up comedy routine, address a number of recipients, from real people, to groups, to inanimate objects and concepts. He airs grievances, offers support or creates just plain confusion in unplainly humorous prose.
From the political to the personal, from the philosophical to the mundane, no subject—or target—is off limits. Patterson’s letters may not change the world, but frankly, it’s too early to tell. In these letters, he pleads, begs, cajoles, grovels, and always makes a compelling argument. He would like men to stop wearing Spandex bike shorts. He would like airlines to stop selling seats they don’t have. He would like gluten to explain itself. He would like his nine-year-old self to know everything will be all right...
In addition to his stand-up comedy and radio work, Patterson has written for several publications, including The Globe and Mail, Irish Independent, London Free Press, Toronto Star, and Canadian Living. This is his first book.
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