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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.

When it comes to comedy—punch up, don't punch 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?

Oct 20, 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.

? is superior to !

Questions are asked and answered—loudly!—in this 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.

Oct 17, 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.

Upcoming Live Shows - Saskatoon Oct 23, 2018

The Debaters are coming to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Tuesday October 23, 2018!

There is no better entertainment than Antiques Roadshow

Myles Anderson and Ivan Decker have a knick-knack for jokes when they question the true value of the television program Antiques Roadshow.

Aquafit is a wonderful way to keep fit

Mayce Galoni and Deborah Kimmett use their noodles when they discuss if Aquafit is a good form of exercise.

Oct 13, 2018: Antiques Roadshow & Aquafit

Myles Anderson and Ivan Decker give a priceless performance in their debate on Antiques Roadshow. Then, Mayce Galoni and Deborah Kimmett dive into Aquafit!

We don't need any more royals

Aisha Brown and Scott Vrooman step into the bloodline of fire when they discuss if we really need more royals.

Oct 10, 2018: No More Royals & Abbreviations

This week Aisha Brown and Scott Vrooman duke it out over whether or not we need more royals. Then, Sandra Battaglini and Patrick Ledwell cram in their arguments over the use of abbreviations.

Are abbreviations a good thing?

Sandra Battaglini and Patrick Ledwell are checking their word counts when they question the true value of abbreviations AKA “abreeves”.

Love songs are the worst songs

Leonard Chan and Dean Jenkinson try to strike a power chord with their Winnipeg audience on the importance of love songs.

A bird is a wonderful pet

Carole Cunningham and Lara Rae get cagey over whether or not a bird makes a good pet.

Sept 29, 2018: Birds as Pets & Love Songs Suck

Carole Cunningham and Lara Rae ruffle each other’s feathers when they debate if birds make great pets. Then, Leonard Chan and Dean Jenkinson hit all the right notes when they discuss love songs.

All place names should be Indigenous names

Howie Miller and Mayce Galoni map out their arguments when they discuss if when it comes to geography, all place names should be changed to Indigenous names.

Bees are superior to butterflies

Jacob Samuel and Sophie Buddle float like a butterfly and sting like a bee when they debate who the superior insect is.

Oct 6, 2018: Indigenous Place Names & Bees vs Butterflies

Howie Miller and Mayce Galoni have landmark opposing views when they discuss if all place names should be Indigenous. Then, Jacob Samuel and Sophie Buddle create quite the buzz when they debate bees vs. butterflies.

All place names should be Indigenous names

Howie Miller and Mayce Galoni map out their arguments when they discuss if when it comes to geography, all place names should be changed to Indigenous names.

Bees are superior to butterflies

Jacob Samuel and Sophie Buddle float like a butterfly and sting like a bee when they debate who the superior insect is.

Aug 22, 2018: Indigenous Place Names & Bees vs Butterflies

Howie Miller and Mayce Galoni have landmark opposing views when they discuss if all place names should be Indigenous. Then, Jacob Samuel and Sophie Buddle create quite the buzz when they debate bees vs. butterflies.

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.

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.

Oct 3, 2018: 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!