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Steve Patterson

Host of CBC's The Debaters | Comedian & Emcee


A mainstay on CBC and HGTV, comedian Steve Patterson has been described as “part Jon Stewart, part Robin Williams.” He adapts to any crowd he faces using his arsenal of wit, sarcasm, and even song. Insistent on always doing his homework, Patterson treats audiences to one-of-a-kind performances that leave them wanting more. As such, he is a sought-after emcee, who is quick on his feet and quick to bring “fun” to any situation.

A household name in Canada as host of CBC Radio’s hit comedy show The Debaters, (now in its tenth season with over 750,000 weekly listeners) Patterson’s quick-wit and authoritative tone expertly anchors comedians’ arguments into a rollicking unpredictable but always hilarious ride every week. His lightning-quick off-the-cuff and endearing personality are also showcased on HGTV Canada’s show I Wrecked My House, where his hosting has already earned him a nomination for a 2015 Canadian Screen Award.

A professional stand-up comedian since 1997, Patterson is immediately recognizable to serious comedy fans through numerous national and international television specials including four Just for Laugh galas.  In 2010 his performance there earned him a Gemini nomination, and caused host Steve Martin to exclaim, “If I’d have known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”  That would have certainly been the highlight of his comedy career had he not returned to Just For Laughs in 2012, to be featured on the now infamous “Muppets Gala” where he was introduced by his childhood idol, Kermit the Frog.

Steve Patterson with Steve Martin

Named “Best Male Stand-up Comedian” at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2011 and 2013, Patterson also earned a nomination in 2015 for his national theatre one-man show and accompanying album called “This Is Not Debatable”.

Patterson’s long-list of repeat clients as either featured performer or Master of Ceremonies includes CBC’s Short Film Face-Off (host 2011-present); The Canadian Screen Awards; the Canadian Olympic Committee; The CFA (Certified Financial Analyst’s) society; Investor’s Group, Comic Vision; Boys and Girls Clubs; Tree Canada; Toronto International Film Festival and many others.

Insistent on always doing his homework, Steve treats each audience to one-of-a-kind performances with consistently fresh, current and never crass material that makes those who book him glad they did.


Comedian Steve Patterson's Speaking Presentations:

Customized Stand-up Comedy
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.

Hosting & Emceeing
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 five years. Since the fall of 2011, The Debaters has taken on a range of debates from Beauty vs. Brains to if China’s superpower status is good for us all.

Steve Patterson
is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Steve Patterson's schedule, fees & hiring Steve Patterson as your conference entertainer or corporate event comedian contact us.


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 (tour sponsors)


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 (tour sponsors)

The Debaters was the perfect “cherry on top” for our event. The comedians were hand-picked to fit our conference theme, the show was expertly planned, and the humour appealed to everyone in our audience. Canadian comedy that is world-class! 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

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 sixty 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

His unique blend of well written prepared material, improvisation skills and charismatic demeanor made him an instant hit with our live audiences and our associated television producers as well.

–Producer, Halifax Comedyfest



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