Comedian Brent Butt is filling up and hitting the road when he tours the B.C. Interior in the spring

Comedian Brent Butt is filling up and hitting the road when he tours the B.C. Interior in the spring

Corner Gas star brings stand-up act to Vernon

Comedian Brent Butt is touring around the B.C. Interior after the success of Corner Gas: The Movie.

The creator and star of the wildly popular  television sitcom Corner Gas is coming to Vernon.

B.C. Interior audiences will get a chance to see and hear Brent Butt up close and personal when he takes his stand-up act on the road in May. The tour stops at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre May 14 at 7:30 p.m..

Making his home in Vancouver, Butt continues to tour the country, performing in theatres and clubs.

“I love what I do,” said Butt. “I look at it as just having coffee. Only now it’s with hundreds of people at a time.”

Butt became known in Canada for his clean and relaxed comedic style, and after several TV specials, he created Corner Gas in 2004 and starred in the role of Brent Leroy.

The series was an instant hit for CTV, becoming the top sitcom on Canadian television and eventually aired in 26 countries.

The final season for Corner Gas was in 2009, however, the show continues to maintain its popularity today, with constant reruns on the Comedy Network and CTV.

Corner Gas has received Gemini awards, Canadian Comedy awards, Director’s Guild awards, Leo awards and was voted the funniest show on TV by TV Guide readers.

Just this past Christmas, Corner Gas:  The Movie hit the big screen. It was originally given a limited run in select cities, but became so popular with fans that it was given a longer run with additional cities added to its distribution.

In an uncommon move, the return to Dog River with its beloved cast also made its network broadcast debut on the Movie Network, CTV and the Comedy Network in the same month as its theatrical release.

Butt was born and raised in the small farming community of Tisdale, Sask. He  honed his comedic storytelling prowess at the local coffee shop and his career, which was the subject of an episode of the cultural affairs program, Adrienne Clarkson Presents, is an interesting one. He has become a regular at Just For Laughs, as well as appearing on numerous national and international television programs.

Aside from his own national special, Bedtime with Brent Butt, he has been seen on A&E, HBO, CBC, CTV, and Global.

Butt has appeared in various productions including Kids in the Hall, The X-Files, Cold Squad, Millennium, and the movie Duets, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. He was named best male stand-up in Canada at the 2001 Canadian Comedy Awards, and has hosted the Juno Awards.

In 2013, Butt was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to community and country.

Tickets for a memorable night of comedy with Brent Butt, and special guest Jamie Hutchinson, go on sale Friday, Jan. 30 at the Ticket Seller box office. Call 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca. All seats are reserved and priced at $42.50 (plus service charges). The concert is a presentation of the Kootenay Concert Connection.