Saskatchewan born, Vancouver based stand up comedian Brent Butt is always working on new projects.
“I’ve got three projects I’m developing, two half hour comedies and an hour long project. I have to develop my own projects, I’m not a good enough actor for other people to hire me so I’m always making and building my own projects,,” deadpanned Butt, best known for starring in and writing the hit TV show Corner Gas.
He brings The Canadian Comedy Night to the Enmax Centre featuring funny friends Ivan Decker and Jamie Hutchinson.
“It’s a one off show. These are the guys I work with. They’re the guys I always get to open for me,” he said.“Jamie and I have been friends since the late ’80s. And Ivan is somebody I saw in a club who just cracked me up,” he continued.
“So it is fun to get to travel with these guys and be on stage with them,” he said.
He doesn’t know what his set will look like until he is in front of the audience.
“I never really know until I’m on stage. I know the first few minutes and then I can see what the audience is responding too. I’ve been doing this for 28 years and in that time I have a lot in the tickle trunk. If I’m telling sports jokes and they aren’t responding to them, I can go into the tickle trunk for something else. So it’s never boring and it’s always exciting,” he continued.
“A few years ago, I wrote a routine and I’d perform it. But I realized in the middle of a show, I looked outside at myself and realized that I was bored. It’s like driving for 20 miles and all of the sudden realizing you’re operating in autopilot,” he said.
“I really want my fans to enjoy themselves and if I’m having fun performing then it’s infectious,” he continued.
He said he doesn’t have a lot of advice for up and coming comedians,. He said people who are determined to be in the business would not be dissuaded by anything he says.
“Just because a fat, balding guy tells you something, it doesn’t mean you’ll do it,” he said,
“Just do a lot of shows. You can’t teach a person who isn’t funny to funny, but you can teach a funny person to be funnier,” he observed.
He recently attended the Emmy Awards.