"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 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!”
- Jess Hinchliffe, Executive Assistant to the President, Sheridan College
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.