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A CBC radio comedy series hosted by Steve Patterson, The Debaters sets up two comedians to debate a particular topic and try to be both as funny and persuasive as possible. Often the topics are newsworthy (Canadian military spending), philosophical (Communism vs Democracy), or relate to the filming location (Edmonton vs Calgary), but occasionally the topics are ridiculous or silly (picnics vs barbeques).Each episode is about thirty minutes long with two fifteen minute debates each featuring two different comedians. The topics rarely have anything to do with one another, but comedians in the second debate have been known to pull jokes from their colleagues in the first. Each debate has four parts, two minutes each to open (usually the "for" side first), then the "bare knuckle round" where debaters can directly question or counter their opponent (and the host/audience), the "firing line" in which the host asks a series of questions on the topics and awards arbitrary points for funny or correct answers, followed by one minute each to close (usually the "against" side first).Every episode is recorded in front of a live studio audience, with the winner being determined by audience applause. The audience will usually judge a debater on how funny they were, rather than the actual content of the debate, which has led to some interesting verdicts such as the "Against" side winning in a debate about keeping libraries, the "Dawson" side winning in a "Dawson vs Yellowknife" debate that was performed in Yellowknife, and the "For" side winning in a debate arguing that debates themselves are pointless.Clips of previous episodes, or iTunes purchases of full episodes can be found here (just don't be scared away by Steve Patterson's smile), and a full list of topics debated is available here. In 2011, CBC Television briefly aired a televised version. propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); }); The Debaters provides examples of:
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