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If you catch comedian Brent Butt looking around thoughtfully at a big event it might be because he's trying really hard to encode the memories of what's going on around him. When Butt spoke to George about his new film No Clue, he discussed his need to capture big moments.
"Early on in my showbiz career there were a couple big events that I failed to pay attention to," said Butt. "And I've been kicking myself ever since. So since that time I've made an effort of making a mental note of things that I think are cool. So that first day of filming No Clue I really took the time to burn that into my mind."
"The first time I ever performed at the Just For Laughs festival, 2,000 people at the St. Denis Theatre in Montreal, something all comics shoot for... I have no memory of that.
"So ever since that day I've made a point of, like, I got to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. I got to sing to Queen Elizabeth. These are moment that I now have burned in my mind.
George then asked if he hit all the notes for the Queen.
"I don’t hit the notes when I sing for anybody," Butt said. "Nobody expects me to be a singer, that’s the good thing. There was that moment when I was singing to Queen Elizabeth and I almost cracked up because I imagined a thought bubble over both of our heads saying, “How did I get here? Why am I here?'”
Brent Butt's interview with George airs on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7 p.m. on CBC.