The Debaters

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The Debaters
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Photo taken from a taping of The Debaters at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, with Sean Cullen (in the centre) as host.
Genre Comedy, Panel Game Show
Running time 30 minutes
Country Canada Canada
Language(s) English
Home station CBC Radio One
CBC Television
Starring Steve Patterson
Creator(s) Richard Side
Recording studio Various live venues across Canada
Air dates since September 2006 (CBC Radio One)
2011 (CBC Television)
Website The Debaters

The Debaters is a Canadian radio comedy show hosted by Steve Patterson. It airs on CBC Radio One Saturdays at 1:00PM and Wednesdays at 11:30AM (both Eastern time, half an hour later in Newfoundland).

The show was first broadcast in September 2006, replacing the long-running comedy show Madly Off in All Directions. The show was created by Richard Side. It is produced by Phillip Ditchburn, Anna Bonokoski and Richard Side.

Each season has approximately 33 new episodes. These are recorded in front of live audiences in studios, theatres and clubs across Canada.

While the show is known officially in CBC listings as The Debaters, during the third broadcast the show was instead introduced as Master Debaters.[citation needed] Ever since then the show has reverted to its original, officially sanctioned name.

The host of the first season was Shaun Majumder. The second season featured a succession of guest hosts, including Sean Cullen, Elvira Kurt, Patrick McKenna and Roman Danylo. As of the third season the regular host of the show is Steve Patterson.

Performers who have appeared on the show include Paul Bae, Irwin Barker, Sean Cullen, Charles Demers, Gary Jones, Deb Kimmett, Elvira Kurt, Marc Maron, J.P. Mass, Patrick McKenna, Mark Meer, Greg Proops, Sean Proudlove, Al Rae, Simon Rakoff, Dan Redican, Jeff Rothpan, Erica Sigurdson, Ron Sparks, Scott Thompson and Mary Walsh.

In 2011, the series also taped a number of episodes for broadcast as a television series on CBC Television.

Format[edit]

Each show is 30 minutes in length, and consists of two 15-minute debates. Two stand-up comedians are given a topical and sometimes complex matter to debate. One serves as advocate: the other takes the contrary view. The live audience ultimately decides who won the debate, based on a mix of "funny and fact", by applauding for the performer they thought did the best job. The comedian that gets the loudest round of applause wins.

There are four rounds to each debate: the first allows the comedian to state their position on the issue, which is followed by the "bare-knuckle round" where the two debaters spar with each other directly. This is followed by the "firing line" round where the host quizzes the debaters on their knowledge of the subject (where they can either provide the correct or most amusing answer), concluded by a one-minute summation. The live audience then votes by applauding for who they thought had the best combination of "laughs and logic".

Awards[edit]

The "Monotheism vs. Polytheism" debate featuring Ron Sparks and Sean Cullen won the 2010 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Program or Clip.[1]

The show has also received several other Canadian Comedy Award nominations for both the radio and television series.

Episode listing[edit]

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 33 September 9, 2006 June 30, 2007
Season 2 34 September 8, 2007 June 21, 2008

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