From small-town Saskatchewan to the big screen, Brent Butt is one of Canada’s funniest and most successful comedians.
“I love what I do,” he says. “I still look at it as just having coffee. Only now it’s with a thousand or so people at a time.”
Comedic storyteller, gifted writer, producer and actor, Brent Butt created the hilarious Corner Gas series. It was an instant hit with unprecedented ratings, an International Emmy Award nomination (2004) and earning the moniker Funniest Show on TV from TV Guide readers.
To follow up he created Hiccups, a sitcom starring Brent and Nancy Robertson winning multiple LEO Awards. He made the transition to the big screen as writer and star of the feature film No Clue. Fans anxiously awaited the much-anticipated return to Dog River with Corner Gas: The Movie, which hit theatres December 3 of last year.
Butt is a regular at Just For Laughs as well as appearing on national and international shows. His meteoric career was the subject of an episode of the cultural affairs program Adrienne Clarkson Presents.
Brent won four Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Male Stand-up (2001), Best Male TV Performance (Corner Gas, 2004, 2005) and Best Writing – TV Series (Corner Gas, 2004). His one-hour TV special Comedy Now – Funnypants earned him a Gemini nom in the category Best Comedy Performance. He was also honoured with the Comedy Network Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the World Television Festival (2008). Past recipients include John Cleese, Bob Newhart, John Candy and Eugene Levy. Perhaps the most notable nod came with the honour of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to community and country (2013).
Brent Butt, Sunday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Tickets are $39.50 (plus fees) from the Box Office, by phone at 604-391-7469 or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.
For more information www.brentbutt.com.