Brent Butt

Brent Butt


8/3/1966, Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada

Birth Name

Brent Leroy Butt


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Born in the small farming community of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt is the youngest of seven children. He realized at a young age that being funny was a good way to get attention, and decided at age 12 that he was going to be a stand-up comedian. He…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Brent was nominated for three Gemini Awards in 2007: the first in the category of "Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series" for the "Kids Stuff" episode of Corner Gas; the second along with the rest of the Corner Gas cast in the category of "Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series" for their work in the episode "Gopher It". Corner Gas was also nominated for a Gemini in the category of "Best Comedy Program or Series".

    • Brent was nominated for four Canadian Comedy Awards in 2007: the first in the category of "Television Writing Special or Episode" for the fourth season episode of Corner Gas, "Kids Stuff; the second with co-writer Kevin White in the category of "Television Writing Special or Episode" for the fourth season episode of Corner Gas, "Outside Joke"; the third with co-writers Mark Farrell, Paul Mather, Kevin White, Andrew Carr, and Robert Sheridan in the category of "Television Writing - Series" for Corner Gas; and the fourth in the category of "Television Direction - Series" with co-directors David Storey, Robert de Lint, Geoff Beesley, and Mark Farrell.

    • Brent, along with co-writer Kevin White, won the 2007 Canadian Screenwriters' Award for the Corner Gas episode Outside Joke in the category of "Comedy and Variety".

    • Brent appeared as a presenter at the 2006 Gemini Awards in Vancouver, B.C., giving the award for "Best New Anchor" to Kevin Newman of Global News.

    • Brent's show, Corner Gas was nominated for three Gemini Awards in 2006: Best Ensemble Performance, Best Comedy Series, and Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program. The show won the Gemini for Best Comedy Series in 2006.

    • Brent is 1.75m (5' 9").

    • Brent Butt, along with the rest of the Corner Gas cast, appeared in a comedy benefit held in O'Hanlan's Pub in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 25, 2006. The night of comedy was held to support the Rachel Davis Foundation, a charity started by Corner Gas co-star, Janet Wright.

    • Brent, along with Paul Mather, won a 2006 Canadian Screenwriting Award in the category of "Comedy and Variety Writing" for the Corner Gas episode Dog River Vice.

    • In order to promote and celebrate the first Corner Gas Christmas episode, the third season's Merry Gasmas, Brent released a single, Christmas In Dog River in December, 2005.

    • Brent Butt participated in the 4th Annual Gilda's Club "It's Always Something" Benefit in Toronto on December 5th, 2005. The benefit proceeds go to assist those people who have cancer as well as their family members.

    • Corner Gas, created by Brent Butt, won the 2005 Gemini Award for Best Comedy Program or Series. The Official Website for the show also won a Gemini in the Best Interactive category. Geminis are awarded for excellence in Canadian English language television.

    • Brent Butt married his Corner Gas co-star, Nancy Robertson on November 19, 2005.

    • For the second year in a row, Brent won the Canadian Comedy Award for "Pretty Funny Television Performance - Male" in 2005, and the show he created, Corner Gas, won for a second consecutive year in the category of "Pretty Funny Television Direction - Series."

    • At the end of January, 2005, Brent co-hosted One World: The Concert For Tsunami Relief with Rick Mercer. These were two fund-raising concerts to benefit the survivors of the Southeast Asian tsunami, held in Calgary and Vancouver.

    • On May 19th, 2005, Brent was one of the hosts of the Lieutenant Governor's Centennial Gala in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to celebrate Saskatchewan's 100 years as a province of Canada.

    • Brent appeared on the CBC 50th Anniversary Special called All-Star Comedy Homecoming with other comedians from the past five decades of Canadian comedy history.

    • Brent was the host of the Just For Laughs Asian Tour in Singapore in August, 2002.

    • Brent currently lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

    • Brent Butt hosted The 2005 JUNO Awards in April, 2005. The JUNO Awards celebrate Canadian Music Achievement.

    • To promote the beginning of the second season of Corner Gas, Brent and his co-stars travelled across Canada in late September 2004, pumping free gas in six different cities. They gave away over $70,000 worth of gas in the promotion.

    • To promote the start of the third season of Corner Gas as well as the release of the second season DVDs, Brent went on a cross-Canada stand-up comedy tour from September 25th to October 1st, 2005, stopping in six cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto.

    • Corner Gas, created by Brent Butt, was nominated for five Gemini Awards in 2004, including "Best Series" and "Best Ensemble Cast." Geminis are awarded for Canadian English-language television.

    • Brent won the Canadian Comedy Award for "Pretty Funny Television Performance - Male" in 2004. His show, Corner Gas, won in the categories of "Pretty Funny Television Writing Season" and "Pretty Funny Television Direction."

    • Brent's television series, Corner Gas, won the Directors Guild of Canada Award for "Outstanding Team Achievement in a Television Series - Comedy" in 2004.

    • Corner Gas, created by Brent Butt, was voted the "Best Canadian DVD - English" in the Canadian Entertainment Network Awards of 2004.

    • Corner Gas, created by Brent Butt, was voted "Best New Canadian Show" and "Funniest Show On TV" by TV Guide readers in the 2004 TV Guide Readers Choice Awards.

    • Brent was a regular performer at the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival, and was chosen to represent Canada for the World Comedy Tour which aired on The Comedy Network, Comedy Central, and also Australia's comedy channel.

    • Brent won the "Best Male Stand-Up" award at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2001.

    • Corner Gas, created by Brent Butt, was nominated for a 2004 International Emmy Award in the Comedy category.

    • In the TV Times Readership Poll for 2005, Brent was voted as "Best Actor: Comedy."

  • Quotes

    • Brent: Brent Butt and Brent Leroy are pretty similar. I don't know if I'm a skilled actor or not, so I made the character exactly like me.

    • (on signing a distribution deal to show "Corner Gas" in the US)
      Brent Butt: We get so much American programming up here in Canada, it's nice to be able to give a little something back. Something besides Celine Dion I mean.

    • (discussing his show, Corner Gas)
      Brent Butt: This is a show that just happens to take place in Saskatchewan the same way Seinfeld just just happened to take place in Manhattan. But it wasn't about New York, it was about those people. It's the same kind of philosophy I had with Corner Gas.

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  • This is a very funny man.

    And he does it all just by being Brent. His humour is seemingly low key, but like all good observational humour, its actually very sharp and insightful without having to be crass or controversial.

    Life is funny. Simply. And Brent finds that, his writing exploits it and where TV is concerned, his creations bring it to charming and laughable life. In the case of Corner Gas, anyone who can make a small town and small town characters funny for me is doing a great job. I am from a small town and could not wait to get away from the provincial attitudes. And yet everything I hated was given the right amount of de-emphasis; showing me that its not what you're looking at, its how you look at it that counts. And that my over compensating attitudes about the big city were not only the proverbial "equal and opposite reaction": they were equally obnoxious!

    I look forward to 'funny class' in his new "Hiccups" and wish him continued funny success...moreless
  • He created my happy place!

    Brent Butt began as a stand up comedian, but I didn't hear of him until I started watching Corner Gas. He's the creator and sometimes writer for the show, and stars in it as well, as Brent LeRoy. The idea of the show is just to deal with life's little problems, but in a funny way, and in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.

    He plays the role well, and in interviews, he's certainly made it pretty obvious that he's pretty much playing himself. However, he's also writing some of the episodes, and therefore writing other characters too; and as executive producer, he has a say in all the episodes. It's a great show, and Brent Butt is the driving force behind it, which makes him incredibly talented, in my book!moreless