The Debaters

 
 

The Debaters

The Debaters is the hit show where comedians go toe-to-toe in a battle of laughs and logic. Hosted by award-winning funnyman Steve Patterson, the program is a combustible combination of sharply crafted comedic rants and hilarious ad libs. The engaging format is part stand-up, part quiz show and part comedy competition, with the live audience picking the winners.

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1419: Play in a Band & Universal Health Care

Wes Borg and Maddy Kelly strike a chord with their North Vancouver audience over playing in a band. Then, Sean Lecomber and DeAnne Smith fit the billing for their debate on Canada’s health care system.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:34:57]


1418: Millennials & Romance Novels

The Debaters have opened the vault and it’s time for a fan-favourite episode from season 10! John Wing and Ivan Decker shoot from the hipster when they discuss millennials. Then, love is in the air when Lori Gibbs and Graham Clark debate romance novels.

Download 1418: Millennials & Romance Novels
[mp3 file: runs 00:27:53]


1417: The Train & Kids Change Everything

It’s full steam ahead when Peter Brown and Erica Sigurdson discuss taking the train. Then, Sean Lecomber and Julie Kim refuse to play nice when they debate if kids change everything.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:30:41]


1416: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan & Study Abroad

Graham Clark and Kim’s Convenience’s Andrew Phung are ready to rumble when they compare wrestling icons The Rock and Hulk Hogan. Then, Arthur Simeon and Kate Davis pack their bags when they discuss studying abroad.

Download 1416: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan & Study Abroad
[mp3 file: runs 00:31:52]


1415: Social Media News & Chair vs. Couch

Charlie Demers and Katie-Ellen Humphries Buzz-Feed off each other in their debate on social media as a source for news. Then, Don Kelly and Charles Haycock get comfortable when they compare chairs to couches.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:36:20]


1414: William Shatner is the greatest actor of all time

It's time to bring back one of The Debaters' most iconic debates: "William Shatner"! This fan-favourite from season eight has so many facts and funny that it's the only debate to dominate an entire episode! Sean Cullen and Corner Gas' Eric Peterson are in Ottawa stirring up some Tribble over William Shatner's acting legacy.

Download 1414: William Shatner is the greatest actor of all time
[mp3 file: runs 00:27:51]


1413: Home for the Holidays & Telemarketers

Lara Rae and Rob Pue refuse to overstay their welcome in their debate on going home for the holidays. Then, John Hastings and Derek Seguin dial it up a notch on telemarketers.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:30:06]


1412: Festivals & Best Friends Forever

Don Kelly and Ali Hassan Wood-stock up on jokes when they discuss festivals. Then, Nour Hadidi and Courtney Gilmour exchange friendly fire on the subject of best friends.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:30:01]


1411: Correcting Grammar and Spelling & A Day on the Slopes

Erica Sigurdson and Sterling Scott make their punctuation mark when they discuss correcting others on their spelling and grammar. Then, Tim Nutt and Ryan Williams are a black diamond in the rough in their debate on skiing and snowboarding.

Download 1411: Correcting Grammar and Spelling & A Day on the Slopes
[mp3 file: runs 00:28:47]


1410: Plate vs. Bowl & Soap Operas

Simon Rakoff and Sean Cullen offer their dinner-most thoughts when they compare plates to bowls. Then, Michelle Shaughnessy and Deborah Kimmett offer bold and beautiful arguments in their debate on soap operas.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:33:14]


1409: Carbon Tax & City Slogans

Charlie Demers and Glen Foster refuse to look fuel-ish when they discuss the carbon tax. Then, Evany Rosen and Todd Graham try to stay civil in their debate on city slogans.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:32:42]


1408: Fake Meat & Scuba Diving

Rob Bebenek and Dave Hemstad air their beefs when they discuss plant-based foods. Then, Elvira Kurt and Hunter Collins take the plunge in their debate on scuba diving.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:34:43]


1407: New Brunswick Ugliest Province & Parks

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when Peter Anthony and James Mullinger discuss if New Brunswick is the ugliest province. Then, Nikki Payne and Jon Steinberg take swings at each other over whether or not everyone should go to the park.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:34:06]


1406: Call Ahead vs. Drop-In & Canada Food Guide

Nathan Macintosh and Tim Steeves make quite the appearance when they discuss if notice is needed for a visit. Then, David Pryde and Elvira Kurt take a bite out of their debate on the Canada Food Guide.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:36:04]


1405: Ghosts & Pie vs. Cake

For this special episode, The Debaters are opening the vault and airing two classic debates from past seasons! Jon Steinberg and Jonny Harris go head to headstone over ghosts. Then, the oven mitts come off when Dave Hemstad and Sean Cullen compare pie and cake.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:30]


1404: Pumpkin & English vs. French Culture

Laurie Elliott and Kyle Brownrigg refuse to patch things up when they question the hype surrounding pumpkin in the fall. Then, it’s the clash of the titans when James Mullinger and Derek Seguin compare English and French culture.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:35:35]


1403: Visit Cape Breton & Weather Forecasters

Ed Macdonald and Patrick Ledwell try to East Coast to victory when they discuss if everyone should visit Cape Breton. Then, Jay Malone and Matt Wright are in a high-pressure situation when they debate weather forecasters.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:30:12]


1402: Cashier vs. Self-Checkout & Own a Boat

Nikki Payne and Patrick Ledwell push each other's buttons when they compare cashiers to self-checkout machines. Then, Sean Cullen and Graham Chittenden deliver waves of laughs in their debate on owning a boat.

Download 1402: Cashier vs. Self-Checkout & Own a Boat
[mp3 file: runs 00:37:51]


1401: Oysters & Alexander Graham Bell vs. Alexander Keith

For the season 14 premiere, Lara Rae and Katie-Ellen Humphries crack things wide open with their debate on oysters. Then, smooth operators Mark Farrell and Trent McClellan compare Alexander Graham Bell to Alexander Keith.

Download 1401: Oysters & Alexander Graham Bell vs. Alexander Keith
[mp3 file: runs 00:33:01]


1333: Nature Programs & Public Transit

In The Debaters' season finale, Eric Peterson and Gavin Crawford go wild over nature programs. Then, Debra DiGiovanni and Arthur Simeon get from point A to point B in their debate on public transit.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:40]


1333a Extended: There's nothing more exciting than a nature program

Street Legal’s Eric Peterson and Because News’ Gavin Crawford address the elephant in the room when they debate the entertainment value of nature programs.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:19:51]


1333b Extended: Take public transit!

Debra DiGiovanni and Arthur Simeon take their Toronto audience on quite the ride when they discuss if everyone should take public transportation.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:23]


1332: Public Art & Blue Collar Jobs

Charlie Demers and Lori Gibbs paint quite the picture when they discuss public art. Then, Brittany Lyseng and Sean Lecomber roll up their sleeves to debate blue collar jobs.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:40]


1332a Extended: Every city needs more public art

Charlie Demers and Lori Gibbs are in Calgary mastering their crafts when they question the value of public art to a city.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:47]


1332b Extended: Nothing beats workin' a blue collar job

Brittany Lyseng and Sean Lecomber fight with nerves of steel-toed boots when they determine if blue collar jobs are the best way to earn a living.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:14:53]


1331: Alberta Should Secede & The Bachelor

Peter Brown and Derek Seguin have separate views when they question if Alberta should leave Canada. Then, Nour Hadidi and Erica Sigurdson have a date with destiny in their debate on reality TV's The Bachelor.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:25]


1331a Extended: Alberta should secede from the rest of Canada

Albertan Peter Brown and Quebecer Derek Seguin refuse to play referen-dumb in front of their Calgary audience when they discuss if Alberta should separate from Canada.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:33]


1331b Extended: The best place to find love is on the reality TV series The Bachelor or The Bachelorette

Nour Hadidi and Erica Sigurdson are looking for love and victory in their debate on whether or not reality TV's The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is the best place for romance.

Download 1331b Extended: The best place to find love is on the reality TV series The Bachelor or The Bachelorette
[mp3 file: runs 00:14:29]


1330: Denim vs. Leather & Stadiums

DeAnne Smith and Lorne Cardinal keep their audience in reinforced stitches over which is superior: denim or leather. Then, Dean Jenkinson and Trent McClellan deliver quite the event when they discuss stadiums.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:25]


1330a Extended: Denim is superior to leather

DeAnne Smith and Corner Gas' Lorne Cardinal are dressed to impress when they compare denim and leather.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:04]


1330b Extended: Stadiums are a great investment

Gatecrashers Dean Jenkinson and This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Trent McClellan come out swinging over the notion that all cities should invest in an arena or stadium.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:28]


1329: Slurpees & Honeymoons

Graham Clark and Paul Rabliauskas play it cool when they debate Slurpees. Then, newlyweds Tim Gray and Dana Smith question the value of a honeymoon.

Download 1329: Slurpees & Honeymoons
[mp3 file: runs 00:28:09]


1329a Extended: Slurpees are the king of frozen treats

Graham Clark and Paul Rabliauskas are in Brandon, Manitoba using a slush-fund of jokes when they discuss if Slurpees are the superior frozen treat.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:20]


1328b Extended: All newlyweds should take their honeymoon

Newlyweds Tim Gray and Dana Smith provide all-inclusive arguments on the importance of a honeymoon.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:14:41]


1328a Extended: Canada does not need more political parties

Simon Rakoff and Jon Steinberg are in Ottawa trying to earn votes when they debate if Canadians need more options on the ballot.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:30]


1328b Extended: Gum is superior to mints

Pat Thornton and Elvira Kurt provide long-lasting laughs over which breath freshener comes out on top: gum or mints.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:15]


1328: Political Parties & Gum vs. Mints

Simon Rakoff and Jon Steinberg poli-tickle their audience's funny bone over Canada's number of political parties. Then, Pat Thornton and Elvira Kurt deliver a burst of minty freshness in their debate on gum vs. mints.

Download 1328: Political Parties & Gum vs. Mints
[mp3 file: runs 00:27:42]


Introducing Personal Best

Hey Debaters fans, we're sharing a bonus episode from the new season of the CBC podcast Personal Best. Do you have a goal you want to achieve, but you're too embarrassed to even admit you need help? Welcome to Personal Best - a humorous podcast dedicated to pushing everyday people to new and very attainable heights. In this episode, Chandler, a woman in her thirties without a credit card, is worried she isn't responsible enough. She turns to hosts Rob and Andrew for guidance, but the answer might be found in an unusual self-help book. Subscribe to the Personal Best podcast at cbc.ca/personalbest.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:36:38]


1327: Hockey Parents & Travelling to the U.S.

Kelly Taylor and Sean Lecomber stay in the attacking zone when they discuss if hockey parents are the unsung heroes of hockey. Then, Martha Chaves and Rob Bebenek are stars and stripes in their debate on Canadians travelling to the U.S.

Download 1327: Hockey Parents & Travelling to the U.S.
[mp3 file: runs 00:28:15]


1327a Extended: Hockey parents are the unsung heroes of hockey

Kelly Taylor and Sean Lecomber fight to come out on top-shelf with their Brandon, Manitoba audience when they question the value of hockey parents to the sport.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:44]


1327b Extended: Canadian tourists should boycott travelling to the U.S.

Martha Chaves and Rob Bebenek try to Trump one another in their debate on whether Canadians wanting to peacefully protest American politics, should boycott travelling to the United States.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:18:13]


1326a Extended: When dining out, a booth is superior to a table

Laurie Elliott and Graham Chittenden are in Toronto food fighting over the best way to dine at a restaurant: at a table or in a booth?

Download 1326a Extended: When dining out, a booth is superior to a table
[mp3 file: runs 00:16:00]


1326b Extended: There's no such thing as a stupid question

Chris Locke and Courtney Gilmour provide awesome answers when they debate if there is such a thing as a stupid question.

Download 1326b Extended: There's no such thing as a stupid question
[mp3 file: runs 00:15:49]


1326: Booth vs. Table & Stupid Questions

Big laughs are on the menu when Laurie Elliott and Graham Chittenden argue for their superior seating option: booth or table. Then, inquiring minds Chris Locke and Courtney Gilmour discuss if there's such thing as a stupid question.

Download 1326: Booth vs. Table & Stupid Questions
[mp3 file: runs 00:27:41]


1325: Opinion on Everything & Horror Movies

Peter Anthony and Aisha Brown have a war with words when they discuss having an opinion on everything. Then, Allyson Smith and Don Kelly give a spooktacular performance when they debate horror movies.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:15]


1325a Extended: It's good to have an opinion on everything

Peter Anthony and Aisha Brown are in Ottawa firing funny feedback when they question if it's important to have an opinion on everything.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:42]


1325b Extended: Horror movies are spooktacular

Allyson Smith and Don Kelly deliver petrifying punch lines when they examine the value of horror movies.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:14:47]


1324: Easter & Second Place

Lara Rae and Derek Seguin deliver an egg-cellent performance when they discuss Easter. Then, Jon Steinberg and Bruce Clark try to be good sports over the benefits to coming in second place.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:10]


1324a Extended: Easter is a fun holiday

Whereas it's a long weekend of fun, family and spiritual reflection, be it resolved Easter is a truly 'hoppy' occasion. Lara Rae and Derek Seguin deliver very bunny jokes when they tackle this popular holiday.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:43]


1324b Extended: Nothing beats coming in second place

Jon Steinberg and Bruce Clark race to the finish when they discuss if coming in second place is actually better than placing first.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:34]


1323: The Toronto Maple Leafs & Let Yourself Go

Hunter Collins and Ryan Belleville hit the ice when they question if the Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst franchise in hockey. Then, Carol Zoccoli and Dave Hemstad shape up when they discuss letting yourself go.

Download 1323: The Toronto Maple Leafs & Let Yourself Go
[mp3 file: runs 00:28:10]


1323a Extended: The Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst franchise in hockey

Hunter Collins and Workin' Moms' Ryan Belleville face-off in Toronto over whether or not the Maple Leafs are a hockey team that should be respected or ridiculed.

Download 1323a Extended: The Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst franchise in hockey
[mp3 file: runs 00:19:28]


1323b Extended: Once you're in a long-term relationship it's okay to let yourself go

Carol Zoccoli and Dave Hemstad address to impress when they discuss if partners in a long-term relationship have earned the right to relax and let themselves go.

Download 1323b Extended: Once you're in a long-term relationship it's okay to let yourself go
[mp3 file: runs 00:16:18]


1322: Ottawa Nightlife & Never Take Back an Ex

Jen Grant and Don Kelly call the shots when they examine Ottawa's nightlife. Then, it ain't over till it's over when Arthur Simeon and Adrienne Fish discuss taking back an ex.

Download 1322: Ottawa Nightlife & Never Take Back an Ex
[mp3 file: runs 00:27:41]


1322a Extended: Ottawa has the worst nightlife in Canada

Ottawa natives Jen Grant and Don Kelly go disco-toe to toe over whether or not Ottawa is the worst city to party in.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:31]


1322b Extended: Never take back an ex

There are no takebacks when Arthur Simeon and Adrienne Fish question if it's ever a good idea to get back together with an ex.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:14:12]


1321: Poutine & Jury Duty

Laurie Elliott and Derek Seguin side-dish it out when they question if poutine should be Canada's national food. Then, court is in session when David Pryde and Ron Sparks deliberate over jury duty.

Download 1321: Poutine & Jury Duty
[mp3 file: runs 00:27:41]


1321a Extended: Poutine is Canada's national food

Laurie Elliott and Derek Seguin are in our nation's capital going potatoe-to-toe over whether or not poutine should be considered Canada's national dish.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:18:40]


1321b Extended: Jury duty should be avoided

David Pryde and Ron Sparks go on the strength of their convictions to argue whether jury duty is our civic obligation or just a burden.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:25]


1320: Snowball Fights & 60 is the New 40

Things really snowball when Derek Edwards and Dave Hemstad debate if snowball fights should be banned. Then, Mike Wilmot and Deborah Kimmett deliver an ageless debate over whether or not 60 is the new 40.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:15]


1320a Extended: Snowball fights should be banned

Derek Edwards and Dave Hemstad pummel their Ottawa audience with jokes when they discuss if to avoid injuries, snowball fights should stop.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:18:25]


1320b Extended: 60 is the new 40

Mike Wilmot and Deborah Kimmett combine a healthy dose of facts and funny when they answer the question: "With so many baby boomers being healthy, productive and having fun, is 60 is the new 40?"

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:39]


1319: Trudeau vs. Trudeau & Sharing Food

Glen Foster and Elvira Kurt deliver a liberal dose of laughs when they compare Pierre Trudeau to his son, Justin. Then, Ali Hassan and Patrick Ledwell have a mouthful to say on the subject of sharing food.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:09]


1319a Extended: Pierre would be the superior politician to his son, Justin Trudeau

Trudeaumania meets Wrestlemania when Glen Foster and Elvira Kurt discuss who would be the superior politician: Pierre Trudeau or his son, Justin.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:18:09]


1319b Extended: Stop sharing food!

Ali Hassan and Patrick Ledwell take a bite out of their topic on whether sharing food is a good idea.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:24]