Steve Patterson
Birth nameStephen Patterson
BornRichmond Hill, Ontario
Years active1996–present
GenresSatire, Observational comedy
SpouseNancy Théberge
Notable works and rolesHost and writer in The Debaters

Steve Patterson is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, writer, television and radio host, and television producer known for his satire and observational comedy.[1][2][3]


Patterson has been on the comedy circuit full-time since 1996. He draws material from observation of daily/current events and what goes on in the room during a show. He first set foot on the stage at the age of 18 on a dare from his dorm mates. However, he spent the next few years away from comedy, as he finished his university degree in business from The University of Western Ontario.[4] He then earned a post-graduate diploma in media copywriting. He performed comedy part-time while earning a living as a full-time advertising copywriter from 1994-1996.

Patterson was fired from his copywriting job in 1996.[5] and started performing comedy full-time. Later that year, he joined the touring roster of Canadian comedy booking agency Funny Business, for which he started as the opening act.

In 1999, Patterson got a chance to perform at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for the first time.[5] His Irish-influenced set made it possible for him to tour Ireland.

Between the years 1999 and 2004, Patterson performed across Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.[5] He also appeared for a few shows in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. In 2004, he made his first Just for Laughs gala appearance. Also in 2004, Patterson performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

In 2006, Patterson was host of the Just for Laughs Road Tour throughout Ontario, and was part of the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal that summer.

In September 2007, Patterson became a host of CBC Radio One's The Debaters,[3][6] and gained some notoriety in 2007 as being the first comic to say no to Last Comic Standing when he qualified for their Canadian finals in Montreal.[6] He turned down NBC to honour a local show commitment.[6]

In July 2010, Patterson performed again at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal on a Gala hosted by Steve Martin. Following his performance, Martin said "If I knew he was going to be THAT good, I would have canceled him."[7]

With growing success as host of The Debaters on CBC Radio One, The Debaters began airing on CBC Television in the fall of 2011[8]

Patterson was nominated for a Gemini Award for his JFL performance, on the Steve Martin Gala, and hosted the Industry Gala[9] in 2011. His success continued in October when he was awarded "Best Male Stand-up" at the Canadian Comedy Awards, an industry event which he also hosted.[10]

Publishing rights to Patterson's debut novel, The Book of Letters, were sold to Goose Lane Editions in 2015.[11]

Partial filmography



Awards and nominations

Note: The 2008 winner of 'Best Series Writing' (for The Jon Dore Show) at the Canadian Comedy Awards[16] is a different comedian, actor, writer of the same name, now known as Steve Dylan.[17]


  1. ^ Brad Oswald (April 6, 2011). "Debate? Patterson don't need no stinkin' debates!". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Werner Bergen (September 27, 2008). "Patterson comedy at Showplace". Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Guy MacPherson (May 31, 2010). "Comedian Steve Patterson can't wait to get back to his roots". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Steve Patterson Stand-up Corporate Comedy & Custom Corporate Presentations". Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  5. ^ a b c "Just For Laughs Bio". Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  6. ^ a b c "Just For Laughs Upcoming Headliners". Retrieved 2008-01-24.
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  10. ^ a b "Steve Patterson wins best male stand-up at comedy awards". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. October 17, 2011.
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  12. ^ "Steve Patterson". Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "Broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi and Comedian Steve Patterson to host Gemini Industry Galas" (PDF). Gemini Awards. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  14. ^ "2011 Canadian Comedy Awards winners". Canadian Comedy Awards. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  15. ^ "Mr. D, Goon, Colin Mochrie win Canadian Comedy Awards". CBC News. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  16. ^ "2008 Canadian Comedy Awards winners". Canadian Comedy Awards. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  17. ^ Steve Dylan aka Steve Patterson