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'The Debaters' settle age-old pizza question (7 photos)

CBC's comedy cornerstone came to Sault Ste. Marie Sunday night

It’s settled. Pineapple has no business being anywhere near pizza. The long-standing debate was decided Sunday night at the Sault Community Theatre Centre as CBC’s comedy cornerstone, The Debaters, had the local audience in stitches.

After opening stand-up sets from The Debaters host Steve Patterson and fellow comedians Kate Davis and Dave Hemstad, the battles began. The topics: Does pineapple belong on pizza? and Do men suffer more during pregnancy than women?

After the arguments ended, the points were tallied (meaningless as they may be), and the audience voted by applause, Hemstad was successful in arguing against the porcupine of the fruit world being paired with Italy’s tastiest culinary export. And, naturally, Davis made short work of the pregnancy debate, easily making her case for the women in the equation.

Sault Ste. Marie was the final stop on the most recent The Debaters Live tour, and all Steve Patterson wanted to do during his very first visit here was see the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Unfortunately, the museum was not open when he popped by, something he called back to throughout the two-hour performance.

If you missed The Debaters in Sault Ste. Marie and don’t mind travelling a couple of hours, the crew will be returning to northern Ontario on March 17 to be part of Sudbury’s LOL Comedy Festival. To learn more, please click here.

Although Sunday’s performance was not recorded for radio broadcast, listeners can hear The Debaters every Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on CBC.