Brent Butt

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Brent Butt
Brent Butt Headshot.jpg
Butt performs at Casino Regina
Born (1966-08-03) August 3, 1966 (age 52)
Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada
Residence Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active 1989–present
Notable credit(s) Corner Gas (2004–2009)
Corner Gas: The Movie (2014)
Corner Gas Animated (2018–present)
Spouse(s)
Nancy Robertson (m. 2005)
Website www.brentbutt.com

Brent Butt (born August 3, 1966) is a Canadian actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his role as Brent Leroy on the CTV sitcom Corner Gas, which he also co-created.[1] He also created the television series Hiccups and wrote the 2013 film No Clue.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Butt attended Tisdale Unit Composite School. After graduating, Butt briefly attended Ontario's Sheridan College before returning to his home in Saskatchewan.

Career[edit]

While working as a drywaller, Butt and a friend started a publishing company, Windwolf Graphics. His comic, Existing Earth, was nominated for a Golden Eagle Award. They published two issues before running out of money.

In February 1988, Butt performed stand-up comedy for the first time at an amateur night at a Saskatoon comedy club.[2] He then began performing in the Yuk Yuk's chain in Western Canada, before moving to Toronto in 1989, where he lived in a Cabbagetown apartment with two other comedians, and performing at Yuk Yuk's there.

Butt presented stand-up performances for CTV, CBC Television, CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera, and The Comedy Network in Canada, as well as A&E in the United States and the Special Broadcasting Service in Australia. He composed a number of prairie-oriented funny and/or "folksy" songs, including "Nothing Rhymes with Saskatchewan" and "Hairy Legs".

In 2003, through his production company Prairie Pants, Butt co-created the CTV television series Corner Gas, set in his home province of Saskatchewan.[3][4] He starred in the show from 2004 to 2009[5]

On May 19, 2005, Butt hosted a Command Performance gala for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to celebrate the Canadian province's centennial. He performed his song "Nothing Rhymes with Saskatchewan" and trading jokes with Leslie Nielsen. That year he also hosted the Juno Awards.[6]

In 2008, Butt and Prairie Pants made the decision to end Corner Gas after its sixth season, which aired during the 2008–2009 season.[7]

At the World Television Festival in Banff, Alberta, Butt was given the Comedy Network Sir Peter Ustinov Award which is presented in recognition of a significant body of comedic work. Past recipients include John Cleese, Bob Newhart, John Candy, and Eugene Levy.[8]

Butt also wrote and produced a comedy series for CTV, from 2010 to 2011, entitled Hiccups. The series starred Nancy Robertson (Millie Upton) as a children's author who begins seeing a life coach to deal with her anger management issues.[9] On July 25, 2010, Butt had a one-hour comedy special titled The Brent Butt Comedy Special. It was shown on The Comedy Network. Guest stars were Seth Rogen, Dave Foley, and Jully Black.

In 2014, Butt co-wrote and co-executive produced the film, Corner Gas: The Movie, which was released in theatres and on CTV on December that year.[10] He also reprised the role of Brent LeRoy. The film included cameo appearances by several Canadian TV personalities as well as Academy Award nominee Graham Greene and Will Sasso.

In April 2018, Brett's follow-up series, Corner Gas Animated premiered on the Comedy Network.[10]

Personal[edit]

Butt is married to his Corner Gas and Hiccups co-star Nancy Robertson.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Butt has 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). The Comedy Network Sir Peter Ustinov Award was awarded to Butt in 2008.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2013 No Clue Leo Falloon
2014 Corner Gas: The Movie Brent Leroy Co-writer
Co-executive producer
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004–2009 Corner Gas Brent Leroy Creator
Executive producer
2010–2011 Hiccups Stan Dirko Creator
Writer
Executive producer
2018–present Corner Gas Animated Brent Leory Creator
Co-writer
Co-executive producer

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pat Hancock (July 2009). Crazy Canadian Trivia 4. Scholastic Canada. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-545-98994-7. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  3. ^ Zoë Druick; Aspa Kotsopoulos (1 August 2008). Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-55458-084-2. 
  4. ^ Charles Boberg (26 August 2010). The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis. Cambridge University Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-139-49144-0. 
  5. ^ Ron Brown (30 June 2012). Rails Across the Prairies: The Railway Heritage of Canada's Prairie Provinces. Dundurn. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-4597-0216-5. 
  6. ^ Stephen Stohn (3 March 2018). Whatever It Takes: Life Lessons from Degrassi and Elsewhere in the World of Music and Television. Dundurn. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-4597-3999-4. 
  7. ^ CBC News: Corner Gas to end in spring 2009, April 10, 2008. Accessed April 10, 2008
  8. ^ Strauss, Marise (1986–2008). "Butt tickled to join his heroes". Brunico Communications. Retrieved October 1, 2008. 
  9. ^ "CTV Orders New Comedy Pilot From Brent Butt". Channel Canada. October 2, 2008. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Brent Butt interview: ‘Corner Gas Animated’ star talks about his hit TV revival". Pop Journalism. Robert Ballantyne, April 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Gopaul, Sarah (May 15, 2008). "'Corner Gas' star to be honoured with comedy award". Retrieved October 1, 2008. 

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