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Beyond The Hook: Steve Patterson

Posted by Luc / February 16, 2011

20110215_mmpix_stevepatt.jpg Beyond the Hook is a series of Question & Answers with theatrical artists from Montreal or gracing our fair city with their presence. All questions are meticulously concocted by the Midnight Poutine team to truly reveal the subject's true character and desires.

I like Steve Patterson's story. His bio states that he got fired for "shamelessly trying to inject humour into an ad for an amusement park", which is odd because I can't remember amusement park ads being not-funny. Actually, I can only remember them trying to be over-funny, like that old dude from Six Flags. Or the RollerCoaster Tycoon ad where the bikers have to pee.

In his bio, Steve also talks about paying his dues on the stand up circuit, which is too bad because RAAAAAAAANDY was on for two months and made it big. In all seriousness though, Patterson has been up twice for a Canadian Comedy Award. Last year he appeared in Steve Martin's Just for Laughs Gala and made fun of leprechauns. Little does he know that leprechauns are capable of this.

Make sure you catch Steve at the Comedy Works, this February 17-18-19. Full listing here. On to the Q & A....

Q: What is the best Canadian theater act you have ever seen?
I am sad to admit that I have not attended a lot of Canadian theater, mostly due to the fact that I usually have a show on the nights that Canadian theatre is happening. However my friend and musical collaborator, Mark Camilleri has provided the music for dozens of Canadian productions including a recent pantomime starring Scott Thompson in Toronto. Assuming the actors are the same caliber as his music is, there's got to be a LOT of amazing talent out there!

Q: Besides family, friends, other artists, and Mr Mistoffolees, what influenced you to get involved in Theater?
Again, this question as it pertains to me is about comedy. My friends literally pushed me on to the comedy stage in university, I think in an effort to force my relentless joking out of my system, but it stuck. To me the connection between audience and performer is exactly like an orgy...only I can always last longer on the comedy stage.

Q: What do you love most about Montreal?
The first thing I noticed when I moved here from Toronto about 5 years ago was the difference in the nightlife. Montrealers simply LOVE to have a good time and rarely does a night out here end before the next morning. And when Montrealers say they're going to come out to your next show, they DO. People don't say things here just to hear their own voice, they actually mean it and I LOVE that about Montreal. Even when they are speaking French and I don't quite understand them, I still know they really mean it.

Q: If there's any person out there that should hail from Montreal but actually doesn't, who is it?
I think Colin Farrell is the embodiment of Montreal. He takes care of himself like most Frenchmen do and I get the idea that he could probably parallel park at 60mph while simultaneously drinking a Tim Horton's coffee and smoking a cigarette. Plus he can speak with no trace of an accent in perfect English, even though he's got a whole other language in there somewhere.

Q: What set of emotions do you go through after eating Poutine?
There is euphoria closely followed by regret and diarrhea. I know that diarrhea is not technically an emotion, but it is happy diarrhea.

Q:If you had to be part of any historical event, which would you choose and who would you be?
I think I'd like to be Jesus at the last supper. But at the part where he says "this is my body which will be given up for you" I would say "this is my plan to escape..."

Q: What is the dumbest thing you could buy with a million dollars?
Probably a swiss watch. I saw one in Switzerland for 200,000 Swiss Francs and I immediately thought "there is someone out there who has amassed enough disposable income to make this purchase and yet doesn't possess the amount of basic common sense that would deem this moronic?

Q: If you live to be 150 years old, how will you spend your birthday?
Hopefully with 6 twenty-five year old hookers.

Q: What did you do this morning? Why did you do that?
In all honesty I did stretch exercises from the P90X fitness program I am currently going through because I am trying to get in beach shape for my wedding on April 29th....btw, please don't show my fiancee my previous answer. She wants me to spend my 150th birthday with her.

Check out Steve Patterson's site
And follow me on Twitter! @lgdoucet



Ronnie / February 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm
Who knew diarrhea was an emotion?
comedy blog / February 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm
This guy is pretty funny. Will definitley check him out.
DMK / April 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm
This guy IS HILARIOUS! I was Googling him after seeing his most recent appearance (hosting the Winnipeg Comedy Festival), and trying to find out if he's going to appear in Toronto anytime soon. I WAS fantasizing that he was single and looking for a nice never-been-married singleton, until I read that bad news about his impending marriage. Figures. Just when I find a guy who meets my super-high standards of both cute and funny, he turns out to be unavailable! Oh, and I agree with him about the poutine thing... And that people in Toronto (other than me, of course) don't mean what they say because they are SOooooooo busy!
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