Canadian comic promises big laughs on fall tour

Steve Patterson of The Debaters brings tour to City

Acclaimed comic Steve Patterson, named the 2011 and 2013 Stand-Up Comedian of the Year, makes a City stop this fall.

The host of CBC Radio’s weekly comedy show The Debaters performs at the Memorial Centre Sept. 27th.

Though most familiar to more than 750,000 weekly listeners as the host of The Debaters on CBC Radio, it is as an international headline stand-up comedian where Patterson truly shines.

Struck by the idea of stand-up as a full-time career in 1997 when he lost his job as a copywriter for making an ad about an amusement park ‘too amusing’, Patterson has since performed across Canada, as well as Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S. and even the United Arab Emirates.

By 2010, accolades for his work garnered him a third invitation to perform on the Just For Laughs prestigious televised gala.

Considered to be the highlight of the show by critics and audience alike, Patterson’s performance prompted the comedy icon and gala host Steve Martin to quip, “If I’d known he was going to be that good, I would have cancelled him.”

Patterson went on to be named Canada’s Best Male Stand-Up Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2011 and again at the most recent awards in 2013.

This September, Patterson begins the final leg of a national tour with his 90-minute one man show – ‘This Is Not Debatable!’

With his hallmark gift for capturing a funny turn of phrase, he seizes the opportunity to express opinions he doesn’t get to voice as moderator of The Debaters while throwing in a couple of original satirical songs to boot.

As host of CBC Radio One’s The Debaters since 2007, Patterson has become a household name, with more than half a million weekly listeners.

Other film and TV highlights over the years include the Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival in 2001, Comedy Now! (2003), the Halifax Comedy Festival (six episodes spanning 2003 to 2010) Stranger at the Door (2004), Just for Laughs (2006), the Great Canadian Laugh Off (two episodes 2007-2008) and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (one episode, 2008),

For tickets or more information about his Red Deer performance, call the Black Knight Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626 or visit www.blackknightinn.ca.

-Weber

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