Brent Butt was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan on August 3, 1966 – the very same day that legendary comedian Lenny Bruce died. The youngest of seven children, Brent discovered that making people laugh was the quickest way to get their attention. In an environment where sharp wits triumphed over pull-my-finger gags, Brent learned to ‘work clean’ at a very early age. However, you can only build a comedy career so far in Tisdale – and so it wasn’t long before Brent headed for the bright lights of Toronto. In a few years he went from doing five minutes on amateur night in Saskatoon to performing professionally for huge crowds in Canada and the United States.
Brent’s style, which he refers to as “coffee shop humour”, is comfortable and relaxed. “My friends and I used to sit in the local coffee shop, literally for hours, just talking. We would discuss everything from world domination to the best kind of socks.” Butt says, “That’s what I try to recapture onstage, that easy style. The jokes naturally build and multiply in that situation. You don’t have to force them”.
Brent’s career has continued to build momentum over the years. From doing Television Specials on every network in Canada (and a few cable channels) to sold out concert shows in theatres across the country, Brent established himself as one of Canada’s favourite funnymen. From 2003 to 2008, he teamed up with CTV to create the hugely popular sitcom Corner Gas. Brent is currently writing and producing CTV’s Hiccups, which is now in its second season.
Brent has won four Canadian Comedy Awards, for Best Male Stand-up, Best Male TV Performance and Best Writing – TV Series.