The Debaterswith Steve Patterson
Punching up vs. punching down
In a debate filled with upper-cutting remarks, Aisha Brown and Arthur Simeon discuss if comedians should only “punch up” and make fun of privileged people like celebrities and politicians or can they "punch down" and make anyone fair game?
Toronto's next mayor should be a raccoon
Should the next mayor of Toronto be a raccoon? That’s the question Pat Thornton and Ron Sparks try to answer when they debate if these bold and assertive residents should run their city.
April 21, 2018: Punching Up & Raccoon Mayor
Aisha Brown and Arthur Simeon slug it out when they debate if comedians should only “punch up” and make fun of privileged people. Then, Ron Sparks and Pat Thornton get bright eyed and bushy tailed over the idea of a raccoon becoming mayor of Toronto.
Upcoming Live Shows - Victoria May 29, 2018
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Peanut butter is superior to jam
Sean Cullen and Dave Hemstad suss out the superior spread: is it peanut butter or jam?
We should all take more naps
Derek Edwards and Anna Gustafson debate the importance of naps.
April 18, 2018: Peanut Butter vs. Jam & Napping
Dave Hemstad defends peanut butter while Sean Cullen argues that it's the jam that really sweetens the deal. Then, Anna Gustafson and Derek Edwards debate napping: is it wasteful or restful?
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We do not exist
Whereas scientists and mystics agree that we are but an ever-changing interplay of matter and energy, be it resolved that we do not exist. Chris Locke and Simon Rakoff are ever present when they debate if we are living in reality or an illusion.
Let's do brunch!
Amanda Brooke Perrin and Nour Hadidi hash things out when they debate if the meal between breakfast and lunch is really that enjoyable.
April 14, 2018: Brunch & We Don't Exist
Amanda Brooke Perrin and Nour Hadidi give an egg-ceptional performance in the topic of brunch. Then, Chris Locke and Simon Rakoff flesh out the answer to the question: do we actually exist?
April 7 2018: Money Buys Happiness & NFLDers Leave Alberta
Lorne Cardinal cashes in his best arguments when he takes on Charlie Demers and money’s role in the pursuit of happiness. Then, Lisa Baker tries to move Brian Alyward and her fellow Newfoundlanders to leave Alberta.
April 4, 2018: Nickelback & ? vs. !
Look at this photograph: Canada's most-maligned band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Kyle Bottom tells Mayce Galoni it's time we appreciated Nickelback. Then, questions are asked and answered—loudly!—in a punctuation altercation between Lara Rae and The Irrelevant Show's Peter Brown.
Nickelback is one of Canada's greatest bands
Look at this photograph: Canada's most-maligned band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Kyle Bottom tells Mayce Galoni it's time we appreciated Nickelback.
Stop interviewing professional athletes
Peter Anthony and Chantal Desjardins are going on the record when they face-off against the idea of broadcasters no longer interviewing professional athletes.
The end is near!
In this truly special debate, it’s Ron Sparks vs. Ron Sparks over whether we should view the future with optimism or pessimism.
March 31st: Sports Interviews & The End is Near
Peter Anthony and Chantal Desjardins step up to the mic to discuss if we should stop interviewing pro athletes. Then, Ron Sparks debates if the future looks great or grim against his toughest opponent yet: himself!
Family dinners bring us together
Ashley Moffatt and Big Daddy Tazz serve up delicious arguments in this debate about family meals.
Personal trainers are a waste of money
Ivan Decker and Julie Kim work out the issue of personal trainers: are they a good investment?
March 28, 2018: Personal Trainers & Family Dinners
Julie Kim and Ivan Decker work out the issue of personal trainers. Big Daddy Tazz and Ashley Moffatt debate the sweet and sour sides of family dinners.
March 24, 2018: Don't Write a Memoir & Heavy Metal
Arthur Simeon and Martha Chaves make their bookmark when they debate if anyone should write a memoir. Then, Mike Paterson and Don Kelly rock n’ roll with the punches in the topic of heavy metal.
Please don't write a memoir
Get ready for a real page-turner when Arthur Simeon and Martha Chaves discuss if people should stop writing memoirs.
Heavy metal is the greatest music of all time
Mike Paterson and Don Kelly strike a power chord with their audience over heavy metal’s superiority.
The aisle seat is superior to the window
Erica Sigurdson and David Pryde buckle in for a bumpy ride as they argue whether or not the aisle is the superior seat for planes, trains and buses.
Award shows need more gender neutral categories
Derek Seguin and Eman El-Husseini are in it to win it when they debate if more award show categories should be gender neutral.