Laughing Gas Comedy Hour
Brent Butt is best known in television for his hilarious role on CTV’s Corner Gas, which portrayed life in small town Saskatchewan and the mayhem that ensued there. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and being named the “Funniest Show on TV” by TV Guide readers. Bringing a similar style of humour to his onstage performances, Brent is an audience favourite with his clean jokes and stories that everyone can relate to.
Born in the small farming town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada (population 3000) as the youngest of seven children. Brent began doing stand-up comedy in 1988. He was soon headlining top clubs and theatres across Canada, and has been selected to represent his country at both the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival, and the World Comedy Tour in Australia. He has appeared in numerous Canadian television programs, and a few U.S. shows such as The X-Files (1993), Millennium (1996), Becoming Dick (2000).
Brent discovered early on that being funny was a good way to get attention. He honed his comedy in school and started his career in the Yuk Yuk’s chain, quickly rising to become one of the most successful comedians in Canada. He has done several stand-up performances for CTV, CBC, CBC radio’s Definitely Not the Opera and The Comedy Network, as well as A&E in the US and SBS in Australia. Corner Gas, which he produced, ran for six seasons, and his follow-up program Hiccups aired for two seasons. His first feature film, No Clue, was released in 2013, and he also starred in the recent film, Corner Gas: The Movie, which saw the entire cast reunited to the delight of rabid fans and new fans alike. The movie received a special Golden Screen Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.
In 2018, Brent created an all-new animated version of his iconic comedy franchise entitled Corner Gas: Animated. The 13-episode season premiered on The Comedy Network, immediately becoming the #1 rated show in the network’s history. Based on its success, it is now airing on CTV primetime and concurrently streaming on Crave TV. For his contribution to community and country, Brent was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Brent also won the Comedy Network Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the World Television Festival, which is presented in recognition of a significant body of comedic work. He has also won four Canadian Comedy Awards, for Best Male Stand-up (2001), Best Male TV Performance (Corner Gas, 2004–05) and Best Writing, TV Series (Corner Gas, 2004). He lives and works out of Vancouver, on Canada’s West Coast, and is concentrating more on acting.
Vancouver, British Columbia