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Steve Patterson is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, writer, television and radio host, and television producer known for his satire and observational comedy.
Experience: Steve Patterson first set foot on the stand-up comedy stage at the age of 18 on a dare from his university dorm mates. Though that first set was well received, he spent the next several years finishing his university degree in business and earning a post-graduate diploma in Media Copywriting. He continued to perform comedy part-time while earning a living as a full-time advertising copywriter from 1994-1996.
In 1996, Steve Patterson was fired from his full-time copywriting job for shamelessly trying to inject humour into an ad for an amusement park. He joined the touring roster of Canada’s premiere comedy booking agency, “Funny Business”, later that same year. After less than one year of performing as an opening act, Steve Patterson was promoted to headliner status in Western Canada and shortly thereafter began to headline in the ultra-competitive Toronto market.
In 1998, Patterson’s idea for an “above the belt comedy” show was accepted for the Toronto (Peoples) Comedy Festival. Steve was featured along with a select few other comedians who were able to get through an entire 45 minute set without reference to genitalia. In 1999, Patterson performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal for the first time where his Irish-influenced set prompted his first tour of the Emerald Isle.
Between1999-2004 Patterson performed non-stop across Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom with additional stops in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. He also began an illustrious streak as being the only non-Maritime comic to be invited to the Halifax Comedyfest four consecutive years (2002-2005) and also made his first Just For Laughs gala appearance (2004). In 2004, Steve also performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland where his showcase performances earned him invites from U.K. based production companies to return for a full festival run.
The year 2006 marked Steve Patterson’s tenth full year as a professional comedian and it was happily his most successful yet. Patterson was selected to host the Just For Laughs Road Tour throughout Ontario. His performance there was so well received, he was invited back to the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal for a third time this past summer. There, he hosted Best Of The Fest shows as well as the inaugural Comedy Showdown pitting top comics from around the world against each other. A highlight of the Showdown turned out to be the banter between Patterson and the esteemed panel of judges that featured Jimmy Carr, Andy Kindler and Dom Irrera. Patterson boldly held his own with these firmly ensconced international headliners.
In April, Patterson took part in his fifth consecutive Halifax Comedyfest, taping a fourth television gala for CBC and recording his own hour-long national radio program entitled Talking Funny with Steve Patterson. In August, Patterson wrote and starred in CBC television pilot The Truth About a tongue-in-cheek examination of hot button topics.Throughout September and October, Patterson headlined the highly coveted Investor’s Group Comedy Tour playing to rave reviews at sold-out theatres in 25 Canadian cities.
Along the way Patterson also solidified his place as a top performer and writer in several national Canadian comedy festivals and awards shows.
As host of CBC Radio One’s wildly successful “The Debaters” since 2007 Patterson has become a household name, with more than half a million weekly listeners. In 2010, steady accolades for his work on that show earned him a third invitation to perform on one of Just For Laughs’ prestigious televised galas, hosted by Steve Martin. Considered to be the highlight of the show by the audience and critics alike, Patterson’s performance prompted the legendary Martin himself to quip, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”
In 2011, Patterson enjoyed the most successful year of his career, which included hosting the Just For Laughs comedy tour in theatres nationwide, hosting CBC Television’s Short Film Face off, being nominated for a Gemini award and winning the Canadian Comedy Award as the country’s best male stand-up comedian. He also closed out the year in style headlining a New Year’s Eve comedy gala at Toronto’s storied Massey Hall.
In 2012, Patterson continues his duties with The Debaters, will launch his first solo theatre tour show entitled “This is Not Debatable” and will provide discerning audiences with his trademark wit at awards shows, high-profile gatherings and anywhere top-notch standup comedy is appreciated.
Performance Style: Steve is up-to-the-moment with current events, meticulous in creating material and lightning-quick with a comeback. He is confident but also self-deprecating and while he will have fun with his audience he will never make fun of an audience member unless the target of his joke is laughing the loudest in the room.
Why hire Steve Patterson? In addition to general audiences, Patterson is also a highly sought-after host and speaker for private corporate events, counting major corporations such as the Canadian Olympic Committee, Coca-Cola Canada, PepsiCo, Best Buy, Future Shop, Investor’s Group, Manulife Financial, Diageo Group (distributors of Guinness, Smirnoff and other beverages) and the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto among his most prestigious clients. Award-winning, well-respected and painstakingly persistent in creating new material, Steve Patterson gives his very best to each audience he performs for.
Patterson is also a well sought after emcee with his ability to deliver content, be quick on his feet and bring the funny out of anyone or any situation. Most importantly, Patterson prepares for each live show as a stand-alone event – including, on a 22 city cross-Canada theatre tour in the Fall of 2011, customizing each show opening for the city he was playing that night.
Works Well in this Type of Event: Private Events, Corporate Events, Cruise Lines, Comedy Festivals, Sports Events, Casino Events, Charity Events, Celebrity Speaking Events, Conventions, Trade Shows.
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Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival (2001)
Comedy Now! (1 episode, 2003)
The Ha!ifax Comedy Fest (6 episodes, 2003-2010)
Stranger at the Door (2004)
H2O (2004) as CSIS Agent
You Bet Your Ass (2006)
Just for Laughs (2006)
Great Canadian Laugh Off (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (1 episode, 2008)
The Debaters (16 episodes, 2011)
Awards and Nominations
2007, Nominated for ‘Best Male Stand-up’ at the Canadian Comedy Awards
2008, Nominated for ‘Best Male Stand-up’ at the Canadian Comedy Awards
2008, Won, ‘Best Series Writing’ at the Canadian Comedy Awards
2011, Won, ‘Best Male Stand-up’ at the Canadian Comedy Awards
2011, Nominated for Gemini Award for Just For Laughs