2023 Festival:
October 16–22

Special Event: Brent Butt in Conversation with Charlie Demers

Special Event: Brent Butt in Conversation with Charlie Demers

Brent Butt is one of the most well-known stand-up comedians of the past five decades. He’s created and starred in two of TV’s funniest sitcoms: Corner Gas and Hiccups. Now, he is entering the world of the psychological thriller with his riveting debut novel, Huge, about three stand-up comedians on a tour in the rural Canadian countryside. After a hulking young man is added to the bill at the last minute, the tour soon becomes less about getting laughs and more about getting off the road alive.

Join us at the Hollywood Theatre for a special set of Butt’s uproarious stand-up comedy, before he dives into a conversation with local thriller author and Juno-nominated comedian Charlie Demers, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. This will be a spine-tingling, side-splitting thrill of an event.

Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Book Warehouse, a division of Black Bond Books, and Brent Butt will sign books after the event!

Event Participants:

Brent Butt

BRENT BUTT has made his home in Vancouver for thirty years, but was born and raised in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. In 1988, Butt performed stand-up comedy for the first time on an amateur night at a Saskatoon comedy club. He is now considered one of the funniest people in Canada, with a career in stand-up comedy that stretches into five decades, including numerous appearances at major festivals in multiple countries and being voted Best Male Stand-Up in Canada by his peers in the profession. He also created and starred in two successful sitcoms—Corner Gas ("Funniest Show on TV" as voted by TV Guide readers, currently showing in 60 countries) and Hiccups (multiple Leo and Writers Guild Awards).

Charlie Demers

CHARLES DEMERS is an author, comedian, actor, playwright, screenwriter, political activist, and one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s The Debaters. His most recent book, Primary Obsessions, is shortlisted for the 2021 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.