'Corner Gas' star to be honoured with comedy award

Brent Butt will be presented with The Comedy Network Sir Peter Ustinov Award at The Banff World Television Festival on June 9.

He will be joining the ranks of notable comic actors Guy A. Lepage, Barry Humphries (a.k.a. Dame Edna), John Cleese, Bob Newhart, Martin Short, Tracy Ullman, Kelsey Grammer and Rick Mercer.

“We are so thrilled to present this award to Brent,” says Jennifer Harkness, Executive Director. “For years he has been one of Canada’s best comedic actors, and has now become one of our best exports to television audiences around the world.”

At 20, the popular Canadian television figure began a career in stand-up comedy rising quickly through the ranks. Within a year, he was headlining in Toronto and after only four years, he was showcased in his own gala performance at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival.

Butt was named “Best Male Stand-Up in Canada” at the 2001 Canadian Comedy Awards and was subsequently selected to represent the nation on the World Comedy Tour in Australia.

Corner Gas was first aired in January 2004. The series has consistently delivered more than one million viewers each week and remains Canada’s #1 comedy and most-watched Canadian scripted series. Butt is not only the star, but also the creator, writer, executive producer and director.

Corner Gas is currently in pre-production on its sixth and final season.

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