"Corner Gas" star and comedian Brent Butt is making a pit stop in Brandon.
Butt will be performing his stand-up comedy act at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Sunday March 2.
Butt discovered at a very young age that being funny was a good way to get attention. He pursued a career in stand-up in his twenties and within months, was headlining the top clubs in Toronto.
Within a couple of years, he was touring internationally and appearing at major festivals. Butt’s television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in Canada and he has received numerous Canadian Comedy Awards including "Best Male Standup".
Butt went on to create his own sitcom, "Corner Gas." The television series was an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades, including an International Emmy Award nomination.
Broadcasted in over twenty-six countries, including the U.S. and on-air for six seasons, "Corner Gas" went on to become Canada’s No. 1 comedy and Butt was named "Favourite Male Performer" by TV Guide readers.
In addition to "Corner Gas", Butt created yet another sitcom called "Hiccups," which aired for two seasons and garnered multiple LEO awards. The two shows are the two highest rated Canadian shows in the history of the Comedy Network. Recently, Butt has made his transition to movies, having completed production on his new feature film "NO CLUE," which is scheduled for release on March 7.
Written by and starring Butt, "NO CLUE" is a comedic, yet dark thriller, that combines the best elements of traditional murder mysteries with a gritty, contemporary feel, as it follows an unwitting hero, who’s in way over his head. "NO CLUE" is being distributed in Canada by Entertainment One and internationally by Myriad Pictures.
"We’re excited to have Brent come to Brandon," said Jaime Sparkes of Sparkes Productions, who is putting on the show. "Brent has never performed in Brandon as far as I know and may never come back. This is a great way for everyone in and around Brandon to come out and see Brent live! He is really excited to be coming to Brandon."
"It is extremely rare for me to do a long extended tour like this, and I am super pumped to hit the road," said Butt. "A different town and a different stage every night. This is what being a stand-up is all about. This, and poor late-night snacking choices."
Tickets go on sale on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. through The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium and online at www.wmca.ca. Tickets are $45.50.
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