Though most familiar to over 750,000 weekly listeners as the host of “The Debaters” on CBC Radio, it is as an international headline stand-up comedian where Steve 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 US and even the United Arab Emirates (the crowd spoke English … Steve’s not a magician).
By 2010, steady 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 legendary 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.”
The comedy industry formally agreed with Martin, when Patterson was named Canada’s Best Male Stand-Up Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards.
In November, Patterson begins the third leg of a national tour with his 90-minute one man show – “This Is Not Debatable!” The tour includes a stop in Campbell River on Nov. 13 at the Tidemark Theatre. Call the box office at 250-287-7465 or 800-994-0555 for tickets.
With his hallmark gift for capturing a funny turn of phrase, he gleefully seizes the opportunity to express opinions he doesn’t get to voice as moderator of “The Debaters”…throwing in a couple of original satirical songs to boot. A full throttle, pedal to the metal ride!
Reserved seating tickets for Steve Patterson – “This Is Not Debatable!” are $42 (tax and facility fees included, handling charges may apply), and are available from the box office. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, pics and comedy clips, visit www.shantero.com or www.stevepatterson.ca.