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TESTIMONIALS

"From the Prime Minister, you, and Gord Downie, to all our impassioned speakers and every young change-maker who joined us on stage – it was an unforgettable celebration of Canada. We cried, we laughed, and when you took the stage, we cried some more…from laughing so much.”   

- CRAIG KIELBURGER, FOUNDER - WE DAY


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

- BARRY ARVICH, PRODUCER OF THE GILLER PRIZE & 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!”   

- JESS HINCHLIFFE, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT - SHERIDAN COLLEGE
 

Working with Steve on our event was simply a pleasure. But more importantly, Steve was “all in”, with whole-hearted preparation—through thoughtful questions and his own research. It was very evident that Steve truly wanted to help make our event a success… and he delivered!!

Thanks for helping us to make last night such a fun, successful, and meaningful evening... where guests could laugh, cry and sing at the same event.
— AYAL D. LESH - ISREAL GUIDE DOGS CENTER FOR THE BLIND
Booking Steve is so much more than just booking one of Canada’s best comedians. Whether to perform at our gala, or helping us launch a new fundraising event centered around The Debaters Live, working with Steve guarantees the best possible, clean, and current comedy, and flawless logistics. There is simply no way that we could be bigger fans, or more grateful to have had Steve and his team working with us to raise money and profile for our organization.
— CAROLYN TUCKWELL, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SOUTH COAST, BC
I knew in advance that Steve was the guy for the job and, immediately after his opening monologue, I knew we were in for one heck of a ride. As the conference co-chair, I watched the faces of those in the audience. I have never seen a happier, more engaged YPO audience (and I’ve been a member for 15 years). Several people asked who’s idea it was to have Steve as MC for our event. I was proud to say…”mine.” Made me look smart!!
In the mornings, on the way to the opening sessions, I spoke to people in the elevators who said that they were absolutely exhausted but made a special effort to be on time so that they would not miss a minute of Steve Patterson.
Steve set the pace and mood for the event. He was quick-witted, engaged, responsive and an absolute pro; not an easy task and he did so with humor and ease. He engaged the crowd and kept the show flowing while entertaining, informing and charming our guests.
It is with an abundance of gratitude and 100% confidence that I recommend Steve as a host, MC, interviewer and… all around fun guy to have at an event.
— ABBY STEINBERG, PRESIDENT, PARAGON CORP. INC., YPO 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
Steve Patterson is not only one of the funniest comedians on this planet, but he can act, write, host and even SING! His talent is unparalleled and to top it all off, he is a wonderful and warm human being.
— HALA BISSADA, PRESIDENT & CEO, HALA INC.
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
You can’t do better than Steve Patterson for an event MC! He’s funny, relevant, engaged, and easy to work with. The 600+ corporate leaders who attend our event each year have given us rave reviews on Steve’s participation. We’re thrilled to have had him back to host two years in a row (and hope to have him join us for a third).
— MARTY PARKER, PRESIDENT & CEO, WATERSTONE HUMAN CAPITAL
It was no coincidence that Steve Patterson was host of the most attended TCA Luncheon in 75 years! In a notoriously tough room, Steve had the eclectic audience laughing from beginning to end. If he wasn’t married, I’d introduce him to my wife!
— JASON PELLIGRA, EVENTS ADMINISTRATOR, TORONTO CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
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.
— HENRY VAN ANKUM, CHAIR OF 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.
— CARL SPIESS, SENIOR WEALTH ADVISOR SCOTIAMCLEOD FINANCIAL SERVICES INC.
I wanted to say thank you again for a great job last night at the OMDA awards. Many people came up afterward 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.
— SANDRA SKIVINSKY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, CANADA MASONRY CENTRE
OMG - I LOVE THIS MAN!!! He was amazing!! He did better than hold the crowd’s attention….. he owned them!!!!!
I would and will work with him again in a second – he as a true professional and one of the funniest emcee’s we have ever had!!
— DENISE COLLIER, DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS, QEII FOUNDATION
Steve was a huge hit with our (at times unruly) audience. So much so that I have reached out to Kelly MacDonald at Speakers Spotlight about booking him again for next year.
Thanks again for all that you and Steve do. It truly contributed to one of the most successful REX Awards to date.
— CONSTANCE WRIGLEY - THOMAS, CAE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAIOP GREATER TORONTO CHAPTER
I have been a fan of stand up for many years but last night was, without a doubt, the best night of comedy I have ever experienced. Though we truly enjoyed every single debate, the Eric versus Sean debate is simply indescribable. Forget the standard lines about laughing so much you can’t breathe or you pee your pants, I was laughing so much that I actually aggravated an old rib injury. The pain was worth it even when it woke me up at 2 am.
I can’t wait for you to return next year. I will be there for sure and this time I will bring my daughter as well.
— ANDREW HORSFIELD, SENOR SALES MANAGER, LORD ELGIN HOTEL
The show was off the hook. Raving feedback is still coming in from the Gala. The bar has been raised again.
On behalf of my President Mike Rosen and the entire Tree Canada team we would like to send you all our heartfelt thanks. The conference was the best one ever and the gala was the perfect icing for a normally diabetic crowd.
— ICHARD WALKER, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, TREE CANADA
Steve, wow. Thank you. I can honestly say I have never heard our clients laugh louder in all the years we have been doing this.

I don’t think it is any surprise to you when I say you nailed it, as I know you would have felt the energy from the stage and I could see you feed off it. I would be surprised if it was much louder when you did your sold out show there, but I know I am little bias. Many people remarked to me at the end of the evening that they never heard so many “belly laughs”.

As impressive as you were in your monologue, I was even more impressed by how incredibly well you handled the interviews. I did not have a true appreciation of how difficult that interview was going to be. When I first brought up your name to act as a talk show host, I did not consider the nature of your “guests”, which included a 10-year boy and a lady who survived 460 days of torture. That interview had a high potential to fall apart and I think you used every one of your skills to keep it on track. In retrospect, I should have structured that part of the night a bit differently, and apologize to you for not doing more research and being more thoughtful on what I was potentially putting you into. That said, I am incredibly thankful I had you there to “save” that part of the evening and cannot imagine anyone else who would have been able to pull that off.

What I have always appreciated about you is how much research you do before each of your shows to customize your materials to your client, which was the key reason I wanted to engage you. You did this masterfully once again.

Thank you for making us look good, you were awesome.
— CRAIG SENYK, CFA, VICE CHAIRMAN, INSTITUTIONAL PORTFOLIO MANAGER
I would like to extend my gratitude to you for serving as the guest speaker at Lambton College’s second annual President’s Gala. The President’s Gala is the Lambton College Foundation’s largest and most successful fundraiser and your participation helped to ensure yet another successful evening.

Your professionalism was evident from our initial contact onward, during which you learned about Lambton College in order to personalize your presentation. Your references to Lambton College and the Sarnia area resonated with the guests and made the event even more enjoyable. It was a pleasure working with Nancy to navigate event particulars travel logistics as she was extremely understanding and very professional.

We have received nothing but positive feedback from our guests about the entertaining show you delivered. Thank you again for a memorable evening. We would be thrilled to work with you again in the future.
— MARC GUILBEAULT, DIRECTOR, THE LAMBTON COLLEGE FOUNDATION & ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Steve Patterson

Host of CBC’s “The Debaters”
Award-winning stand up comedian
Author, The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where To Send
Parents’ 5th favorite son

Familiar to hundreds of thousands of Canadians as the host of CBC Radio One’s hit show “The Debaters” since 2007, Steve Patterson is a veteran comedian equally comfortable as a Master of Ceremonies, headline comedian or keynote speaker.

His material is a combination of razor sharp wit and meticulously crafted, up-to-the-moment social commentary, with a measure of musicality thrown in where appropriate.

He has appeared on numerous nationally televised comedy specials over the past two decades and twice earned the title “Best Male Stand-up Comedian” at the Canadian Comedy Awards (2011 and 2013). His work has received considerable praise over the years, but none more poignant than at a Just For Laughs Festival gala when he shared the stage with comedy icon Steve Martin who proclaimed of Patterson:

If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”

In an effort to continue to prove he is THAT good, Patterson has toured his one-man show called This Is Not Debatable in theatres nationwide and released a comedy recording of the same title in 2014 which earned him another Canadian Comedy Award nomination. In 2016 he also added author to his credits with the publication of his first book, The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send and created and co-produced his latest media project The Smartass-ociates with Steve Patterson which combines topic specific experts with top comedians to make smart people funnier and funny people smarter.