Comedian Brent Butt will be performing at the Clarke Theatre on May 25.

Comedian Brent Butt will be performing at the Clarke Theatre on May 25.

Corner Gas creator comes to Clarke

Brent Butt brings laughs Mission's Clarke Theatre on May 25

Canadian comedian Brent Butt will be bringing his laughs to the Clarke Theatre on May 25.

Armed with a stool and microphone, he’ll be offering a solid hour of classic stand up in its purest form.

Butt has an arsenal of new material he’s collected over the past year during his tours and is excited to share it with his Mission fans.

This won’t be just stories from my childhood, he said, noting he gets his inspiration from day to day living. There’s also something to be said about performance pressure.

When the spot light is on, you find ideas or angles you wouldn’t get from sitting around a kitchen table, said Butt. “A switch flips on on stage and there’s another layer you can hit.”

It will be conversational and observational, and there will be a short question and answer session which has been popular with audiences in past performances.

Butt looks forward to performing in Mission, and he hopes his audience will enjoy what he has to offer.

“Stand up is good on TV, but it’s nothing like a live show,”

From a small town in Saskatchewan, Butt, who now lives in Vancouver, is best known for his work on Corner Gas, one of Canada’s funniest sitcoms that earned unprecedented ratings and numerous awards. Butt created the show, as well as wrote, produced and acted in it. Corner Gas ran for six seasons.

Immediately after that, Butt created Hiccups, which was picked up for two seasons.

The Vancouver-based actor is now in post production for a movie called No Clue, which he expects will be released next winter.

It’s a gritty murder-mystery, says Butt, explaining it’s also comedic because the guy who is trying to solve the crime is in over his head.

“I couldn’t be happier with the product.”

As Butt’s production company keeps him in the mostly city, he has the opportunity to schedule stand up performances once, and once in a while, he also enjoys going to local clubs with dark bars and low ceilings to make audiences laugh — like the old days when he was just starting out.

Tickets to see Brent Butt are $40 each (plus facility fee and service charge) and available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phoning 1-855-985-5000 or online Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Clarke Theatre is located at 33700 Prentis Ave.

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