Brent Butt, creator and star of Corner Gas stops in Winnipeg as part of his cross-Canada tour. With a feature film set to be released March 7, he's appropriately calling it his Almost a Movie Star Tour.
The movie, No Clue, is a comedic mystery thriller based on the style of old detective movies, which he loves.
"They're very character-driven. You always have to have a batch of potential suspects and they're always colourful characters," he said. "So it's really about character and dialogue."
Butt plays the role of Leo, a hapless salesman who is mistaken for a detective by a beautiful woman, played by Amy Smart. She is looking for help finding her missing brother. Leo, with no detective experience, agrees to take on the case and then finds he's in way over his head.
Corner Gas, the comedic sitcom set in his native Saskatchewan, became Canada’s #1 comedy and is his biggest success. The show, which ran from 2004-2009 was broadcast in over 26 countries.
"I kind of lived it, in a way," he said. "They say, 'write what you know,' and that's something I knew. Corner Gas was a huge blessing and it changed my life completely," he said.
But if his new film is a huge hit and he becomes a movie star, Butt says he would still never give up stand-up.
"Stand-up is what I am and the other stuff is what I get to do," he said. "I'm most myself when I'm on stage in front of a live audence and I could never walk away from that."
Brent Butt: Almost a Movie Star Tour is at the Burton Cumming Theatre Feb. 28 at 7:30.