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He was the proprietor of the Comedy Nest at the Pepsi Forum, and supported top-notch skill from the time he started Stitches on Crescent Street in 1979. Butler was the presenter of The CJAD Comedy Hour on AM radio and also co-hosted that station's Irish Show.
He is credited with putting Montreal on the comedy map, and establishing the climate that would lead to the world-famous "Just For Laughs" festival. He gave a start to many top-flight comedians, among them Jim Carrey, who opened the first Comedy Nest show.