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Steve Patterson | Comedian and Host of CBC’s The Debaters

Every comic can tell a joke—but Steve Patterson is a triple threat of funny. Smart, well-read, well-versed in current events, quick on his feet, and a riveting raconteur, Patterson can quickly turn a crowd of strangers into a roomful of laughing co-conspirators. 

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.


His first book, The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send is 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.”


Career highlights include being named Canada’s Best Male Stand-up Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards in both 2011 and 2013 as well as being nominated as the Canadian Comedy Person of the Year in 2012 and 2013. He has also headlined throughout Ireland and Australia, performed for several top tier North American companies throughout the continent and has starred in several nationally televised specials in Canada including the prestigious Just For Laughs Galas where, in 2010, his performance on a Steve Martin hosted gala prompted the comedy icon to proclaim:

“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.   


“Steve was a hit and very well-received. I felt a mixture of relief and disappointment he didn’t roast the co-chairs (myself being one of them) a little! His shots on government were wonderful and played to the crowd nicely. I know many enjoyed a good hard belly laugh and were very entertained. He continues to be talked about in a positive and memorable way.”

Manitoba Federation of Labour

“Over the past few years, Steve has made a huge impression on our gala attendees. He is gregarious, hilarious, and whip-smart. He tailors his material to our crowd, can be seen jotting down jokes about breaking news at the very last minute, and truly isn’t afraid to toe the line – a combination that makes for a truly remarkable host. Our guests were floored by his performance in the first year he joined us, and they’ve been begging to have him back every year since! Steve is right on the money.”

Kayla Calder, Writers’ Trust of Canada

“Steve was fantastic! He brought an energy level to our event that was both needed and welcomed given the not so happy forecast news we had to share. Members appreciated it!”

Kimberly McDonald, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton

“Undoubtedly, Steve Patterson is Canada's Jimmy Kimmel, Johnny Carson and Jon Stewart wrapped into one dynamite bundle. As a host and writer, Steve is collaborative and creative without ego and pretension.”

The Giller Prize and The Canadian Screen Awards

“Steve’s performance was incredible! He was hilarious, engaging and inclusive in his routine. The academic crowd can be a tough one but he made the panelists feel at ease on stage and even crack a few jokes of their own. I would not hesitate to engage Steve in another event for us. His performance will be difficult to top!”

Sheridan College

“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!”

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

“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.”

Ernst & Young

“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.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario

“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.”

Scotia McLeod

“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.”

Canada Masonry Centre

“Steve kept everything running smoothly with intelligent wit at every point and punctuated with absolutely hysterical bits of comic genius.”

Frito Lay North America

“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.”

Investors Group

“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!”

Price Waterhouse Coopers

“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.”

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

“Everyone thought Steve was hilarious and thoroughly enjoyed his show. I would recommend him to anyone considering him.”

Basics Office Products

“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.”

Deloitte & Touche LLP

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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.

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Hilarious Host

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.

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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.