The Debaters

About The Debaters



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Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. ET
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Richard Side

Creator Richard Side is a writer and performer who produced The Debaters for its first 12 seasons during which time he had the privilege of working with dozens of talented comics while putting together nearly 800 debates.

Richard's other interactive comedy credits include co-writing the stage show Suspect, a Game of Murder, which has been produced in 6 countries. Richard created and produced the multi-media interactive stage show Adventures in the Nth Dimension (starring Colin Mochrie) which ran for 5 months at Vancouver's Canada Place, and wrote and starred in the musical comedy kids' show Scat in the Hat which was presented at the Awesome Festival in Perth, Australia and at Dublin's prestigious Ark Theatre. 

Richard's interactive formats for TV include Improv Comedy Olympics (hosted by Brent Butt.) Other TV producing gigs include CBC's Winnipeg Comedy Festival and The Western Alienation Comedy Hour and II (starring Brent Butt and Will Sasso respectively.) TV writing credits include co-adapting the novel Silverwing for Teletoon, and writing for David Steinberg's music biz sitcom Big Sound, in which Richard had a recurring role as MC Hammer's stalker.

Other acting credits include the Will Farrell film, Elf.  As an improv comedy performer Richard wistfully recalls tournament wins in Toronto, Seattle, at Just for Laughs in Montreal and at the World Championships in Vancouver where his teammates included Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie.

Richard Side photography by Simon Hunt

Steve Patterson

Host of The Debaters on CBC Radio One, award-winning stand-up comedian, 5th favourite son of John & Kathleen.

Familiar to hundreds of thousands of Canadians as the host of CBC Radio One's hit show The Debaters, Steve Patterson is a veteran headline comic who has performed across Canada, North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. His material is a combination of off-the-cuff and meticulously crafted, up-to-the-moment social commentary. He's also been known to break into song.

He has taped numerous nationally televised comedy specials for over a decade earning him the title Best Male Stand-up Comedian at the 2011 and 2013 Canadian Comedy Awards.

After touring his praised one-man show "This is Not Debatable" nationwide, Patterson released the show as a comedy album, which earned him 2015 Canadian Comedy Award nomination for best one-person show and best comedy recording and receives regular airplay on comedy broadcasts throughout the world.

Patterson's trademark wit is well-sought after to also host productions where relevant top-notch comedy is appreciated, including: the Canadian Comedy Awards (2011); Industry gala nights for both the Geminis (2011) and Canadian Screen Awards (2013 & 2014); CBCs "Short Film Face Off" (2011-2015) and HGTV Canada's "I Wrecked My House" (2014 & 2015).

Despite all this, Patterson's most passionate undertaking now is making his daughter Scarlett laugh, often immediately before bed, which often makes his wife Nancy angry.

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Site header and Steve Patterson photography by John Hryniuk