Long before he created CTV’s Corner Gas—the most successful Canadian sitcom in history—and Hiccups, Brent Butt developed a unique brand of stand-up humour and garnered a legion of devoted fans. A huge draw every time he performs, he is guaranteed to fill the house and, moreover, bring it down.
“Though this country has proved itself more than capable of producing high-quality situation comedy, there was always a reluctance by our own mass audience to embrace it in any significant numbers ... Until Corner Gas.”— The Toronto Star
Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to the city to pursue a career in stand-up. Within months he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and within a couple years he was touring internationally and appearing at major festivals. His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but he was also busy creating his own TV series—a sitcom called Corner Gas. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named “Funniest Show on TV” by TV Guide readers. Canada’s favourite comedy is now shown in over 26 countries including the US. The final episode of the series was “the highest (rated) on record for a Canadian scripted series since it began keeping track in 1994.”
Butt’s follow-up series Hiccups ran for two seasons. In 2013 Brent was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to community and country. That same year Butt’s first feature film (No Clue, directed by Carl Bessai) was released. Brent wrote, starred in and produced the film under his Sparrow Media banner. The highly anticipated feature film return to Dog River with Corner Gas: The Movie saw the entire beloved cast reunited to the delight of rabid fans and new fans alike and the movie would go on to receive a special Golden Screen Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Most recently Bell Media announced an all-new animated version of the iconic comedy franchise entitled Corner Gas: Animated. Re-imagined by creator and star Brent Butt, the first 13 episode season is expected to premiere as part of The Comedy Network’s 2017-2018 broadcast season. Production is now underway. With Butt performing, writing, executive producing, and even directing, there is little doubt the future holds many untold achievements for one of Canada’s brightest stars.
Butt’s style, which he calls “coffee shop humour,” is conversational, relaxed, and very funny. “My friends and I used to sit in the local coffee shop, for hours, talking [about] everything from world domination to the best kind of socks,” he says says. “That’s what I try to recapture onstage, that easy style. The jokes naturally build and multiply. You don't have to force them.” A stand-up comic for all occasions, his act is clean, inoffensive, and positive. He is a natural whose firm sense of the ridiculous in everyday life generates a performance that is as hilarious as it is memorable.
“It was an absolute privilege to work with Brent Butt for an entire weekend during the 101st Grey Cup Festival. Our success was as important to him as it was to us—a true professional.”Grey Cup Festival
“We can always count on Brent to deliver a hilarious and engaging performance for our many corporate and charitable events.”Vancouver Canucks
“Please pass on to Mr. Butt our sincerest thanks for this excellent job at our 100th Anniversary celebrations last weekend. Many, many people have expressed to me how perfectly his routine and humour complemented the nature and tone of our centennial. People were thoroughly entertained and appreciated that his act was hysterical without resorting to profanity and inappropriateness. He is a natural and talented comic. Mr. Butt really did a fine job and we'd like him to know that.”Luther College