Brent Butt was born and raised in the small farming community of Tisdale, Saskatchewan (population 3000). He discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. He decided he was going to become a comedian when he was 12 and he watched a stand-up comic on television.
Brent honed his comedy in school, and at the age of 20, he moved to Saskatoon to pursue a career in stand-up. Within months of his first amateur night appearance, he was offered a tour on the road. After a year, he was headlining top clubs in Toronto. Within four years, he began touring internationally and was showcased in his own gala performance at the world’s largest international comedy festival – Montreal’s Just For Laughs – where he became a regular.
Brent appeared on numerous national and international television programs, including his own special “Bedtime With Brent Butt” and “Comedy Now – Funnypants,” earning a Gemini-nomination.
He was named “Best Male Stand-Up in Canada” at the 2001 Canadian Comedy Awards and was subsequently selected to represent his country on the World Comedy Tour in Australia. He followed that by hosting the Just For Laughs Asian Tour in Singapore. His invitation to appear on “All-Star Comedy Homecoming,” the 50th anniversary special for a major Canadian network, secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, as he performed alongside the most noted Canadian comedians of the past five decades.
Over the years, Brent, who claims he never really went after an acting career, landed bit parts in Duets, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, the Bob Saget directed TV movie Becoming Dick, and episodes of “The Kids in the Hall,” “The X-Files” and “Millennium.”
He began cooking up his own series, Corner Gas, set in the tiny town of Dog River with an odd bunch of archetypal characters. Brent not only starred in the series, he also wore several hats including creator, writer, showrunner, executive producer and director of several episodes. The series premiered January 22, 2004, on CTV and became a Canadian icon with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades. It went on to become Canada’s #1 comedy, broadcast in over 26 countries including the US, and aired for six seasons.
Corner Gas was nominated for a 2004 International Emmy Award, surviving three rounds of preliminary judging from over 500 judges in 38 countries. The series won numerous awards, including Gemini Awards, Canadian Comedy Awards, Director’s Guild of Canada Awards and Writers Guild of Canada Awards.
In 2005, Brent followed in the footsteps of Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain… not as a singer, but as host of the 2005 Juno Awards.
In 2007, Brent, along with his Corner Gas co-stars, took home the Gemini for best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series. In 2008, he was honoured to join the ranks of Bob Newhart, John Cleese, John Candy and others when he received The Comedy Network Sir Peter Ustinov Award at The World Television Festival in Banff.
In 2010, Brent created another sitcom for TV called “Hiccups,” starring himself and Nancy Robertson. They made 26 episodes over two seasons, winning multiple Leo awards.
In 2013, Brent was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to community and country. Later that same year, he made the transition to feature films and wrote and starred in his first feature, No Clue.
In 2014, Corner Gas: The Movie, written by Brent, Andrew Carr and Andrew Wreggitt, directed by David Storey, and starring the entire original cast, was shot in Saskatchewan. The landmark feature film rolled out via a national multi-platform event in December of that year, opening with an exclusive Cineplex Front Row Centre Events theatrical debut, followed by premieres on The Movie Network, CTV, and The Comedy Network. It was further complemented by a special collector’s edition DVD release.
In 2018, Corner Gas Animated, an all-new animated version of the iconic comedy franchise re-imagined by Brent, is to premiere on The Comedy Network.
Brent has made his home in Vancouver for the last 20 years and continues to tour the country with his unique brand of stand-up comedy, performing in theatres and as a much sought-after corporate entertainer.
Gabrielle Miller is a Canadian Screen Award, Gemini Award and Leo Award-winning actress with over 80 productions to her credit. She is best known for her roles on the runaway hit franchise Corner Gas, the critically acclaimed dramedy “Robson Arms” and the dark comedy “Call Me Fitz.”
In Corner Gas, she played the lead role of Lacey Burrows, which garnered a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in 2007, two Gemini nominations, two Leo Awards and three Leo nominations.
In “Robson Arms,” she played the lead role of Bobbi Briggs, a newlywed and newcomer to Vancouver, for three seasons. She won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series in 2009 and a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series in 2007.
In “Call Me Fitz,” she played cut-throat vixen and ambitious journalist Melody Gray who set her sights on taking down Fitz.
She voiced one of the regular roles along with several supporting roles in Eva Longoria’s animated series “Mother Up!”
She stars in a number of Canadian films, including the multiple award-winning Down River; Moving Day, which earned her a Canadian Screen Award-nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; and the critically acclaimed Sisters and Brothers, earning a Leo nomination for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama.
Recent TV credits include Garage Sale Mystery: Murder By Text, “Adventures in Babysitting,” “Good Witch,” “Haven,” Christmas At Cartwright’s and the feature The Steps.
Born and raised in Vancouver, she and her family are now based in the interior of BC.
Fred Ewanuick is best known for his lead roles in the comedy series Corner Gas and “Dan For Mayor.”
Fred returns as the voice of Hank Yarbo in Corner Gas Animated, a role he played in the International Emmy-nominated, Gemini-winning, #1-rated CTV sitcom Corner Gas and the Golden Screen Award-winning hit film Corner Gas: The Movie. The role garnered him a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in 2007, received two more Gemini nominations, two Leo nominations and a Canadian Comedy Award-nomination.
Fred also starred as Dan Phillips in the Gemini-nominated CTV original series “Dan For Mayor” for two seasons. He received a Canadian Comedy Award-nomination and a Leo nomination for his portrayal of a slacker in his early 30s who finds himself running for mayor in a small town.
Other series credits include the CTV comedy/drama series “Robson Arms” for three seasons, earning a Gemini nomination, and guest starring roles in “Intelligence,” “Blood Ties,” “Dead Like Me,” “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” “Twilight Zone,” “Dark Angel,” “Cold Squad” and “The Chris Isaak Show.” Fred made his television debut as “a spinning gnome” in “The Addams Family” series.
His feature work includes lead roles in Patterson’s Wager, Love and Other Dilemmas, Black Eyed Dog and Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With for Writer/Director Mary Walsh. He played supporting roles in Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds, French Immersion, and Chestnut: Hero of Central Park. He was the lead in the indie feature, The Delicate Art of Parking, which won him a Best Actor Award at Spain’s Peniscola Film Festival after premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it won Best Canadian Feature. Other indie credits include a supporting role in Crossing, for which he earned a Leo nomination, and Absolute Zero. Fred made his film debut in MGM/UA’s A Guy Thing, followed by a role in The Santa Clause 2.
Raised in Port Moody, British Columbia, Fred was bitten by the theatre bug during a stint at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC, where he decided to pursue an acting career. Fred now calls Vancouver home.
Eric Peterson’s career in Canadian television and stage spans forty-five years. Noted for originating the role of Oscar in the long-running Corner Gas franchise, he stars in the original series, the feature film and in the new animated series.
His work in Canadian film and television includes credits such as Deepa Mehta’s Earth, Jerry Ciccoritti’s Trudeau, Peter Moss’s mini-series “Best Laid Plans,” guest star appearances on the series “What Would Sal Do?” “Slings and Arrows,” “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” “Murdock Mysteries,” “Dan for Mayor,” “The Republic of Doyle” and “Cracked,” as well as series regular roles: Leon Rabinovich in “Street Legal,” and Judge Malone on “This Is Wonderland.”
Eric’s stage career includes hundreds of plays on most major stages across Canada, as well as Broadway, London’s West End, the Edinburgh Festival and the Melbourne International Theatre Festival. He is noted for co-creating and originating Billy Bishop Goes to War on stage, television and feature film.
Eric is the recipient of the Gordon Pinsent Award of Excellence in 2009 for his stage work, as well as the Earle Grey Award, a lifetime achievement award for his film and television endeavors. He garnered a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance and two Gemini nominations for his portrayal of Oscar in the Corner Gas franchise. Eric holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, is a recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Theatre) and a member of the Order of Canada.
Well known for his role as Sergeant Davis Quinton on six seasons of the International Emmy-nominated, Gemini-winning, #1-rated CTV sitcom Corner Gas and the Golden Screen Award-winning hit film Corner Gas: The Movie, Lorne Cardinal returns to reprise his role in Corner Gas Animated.
Lorne has amassed nearly 100 professional film & TV credits, including the series “Tin Star,” “Fargo,” “Arctic Air,” “Lonesome Dove,” and the features Unintentional Mother; The Humanity Bureau; Never Steady, Never Still; Rust; Flicka 2 and Insomnia.
He has written and directed for TV and produced the documentary Chasing Lear.
He is a sought after voice actor and starred in the award-winning animated series “Open Season: Scared Silly” as Sheriff Gordy.
He is a classically trained stage actor, and has acted in and directed a number of theatre productions, select credits include King Lear at the National Arts Centre and Black Elk Speaks at the Denver Center.
He has received numerous awards and nominations for his body of work, including a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance and two Gemini nominations for his portrayal of Sgt. Davis Quinton in the Corner Gas franchise. He is the recipient of an honorary PhD from Thompson Rivers University.
Lorne is based on the west coast of British Columbia.
Tara Spencer-Nairn returns as the voice of deadpan police officer Karen Pelly in Corner Gas Animated, a role she played in the International Emmy-nominated, Gemini-winning, #1-rated CTV sitcom Corner Gas and the Golden Screen Award-winning hit film Corner Gas: The Movie, earning her and her cast-mates a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance and two Gemini nominations.
A graduate of the Vancouver Film School, her big breakthrough came in 1999 when she was cast in the highly acclaimed New Waterford Girl. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival and received seven Genie Award-nominations including Best Picture. She garnered rave reviews for her portrayal of the disaffected Lou – a Bronx-raised teenager who moves to a small Nova Scotia town and quickly turns it on its ear.
She subsequently starred alongside Don McKellar in the independent film Rub and Tug. The 2002 offering was Tara’s first foray into comedy and resulted in a Canadian Comedy Award-nomination for her portrayal of the street-smart Betty.
She has appeared in the recurring role of Sandy in the hit drama “The Listener” and in numerous other television productions including “The Outer Limits,” “The Strain,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Waking Up Wally (The Walter Gretzky Story),” “Flashpoint,” “Saving Hope” and “Degrassi.”
Tara was born in Montreal, raised in Vancouver and now calls Toronto home. The youngest of three siblings, the actress spent 12 years as a competitive gymnast before pursuing acting. She is married and the mother of two young sons.
Nancy Robertson returns as the voice of Wanda Dollard in Corner Gas Animated, a role she played in the International Emmy-nominated, Gemini-winning, #1-rated CTV sitcom Corner Gas and the Golden Screen Award-winning hit film Corner Gas: The Movie, earning her and her cast-mates a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance and two Gemini nominations. She has also received various awards and nominations for her individual work.
Nancy produced and starred in the comedy series “Hiccups” for two seasons. Playback Magazine listed the series as the second highest-rated Canadian comedy on The Comedy Network. During the show’s run, Nancy received Leo Awards for her work, both as actor and producer.
Nancy has also had the pleasure of playing Doormouse in Nick Willing’s mini-series “Alice in Wonderland” for SyFy, the uptight Principal Moreno in the Movie of the Week Radio Rebel and a cameo appearance in Brent Butt’s feature film No Clue.
Corrine Koslo is thrilled to join the cast of Corner Gas Animated as Emma Leroy, in honour of her late, great friend Janet Wright.
A versatile television and stage actor born in France, Corrine grew up in Halifax, Manitoba and Edmonton. She is now based in the Niagara Region, just outside Toronto.
On television, she is known for her memorable voice work as Lady Rataxes in the popular children’s series, “Babar.” Most recently, she joined the cast of “Anne,” a series based on the book Anne of Green Gables, and plays the indomitable Rachel Lynde.
She is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and has performed on stages across Canada for the past three decades. She is a 12-year member of the Shaw Festival acting ensemble and most recently portrayed Mrs. Lovett in the Festival’s production of Sweeney Todd. Other Festival credits include the Duchess of Berwick in Lady Windermere’s Fan, Grace in Faith Healer and Lola Delaney in Come Back, Little Sheba. Corrine’s other recent theatrical work includes Kindertransport (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Funny Girl and Bedroom Farce (Soulpepper Theatre Company), as well as a theatrical adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad (Royal Shakespeare Company/National Arts Centre).
Corrine has garnered a number of theatrical awards, including: two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her roles in the Young People’s Theatre (Toronto) productions Seussical The Musical and Bunnicula; Jessie Richardson Awards for her performances in Love and Angels (Vancouver Playhouse) and Sweeney Todd (Arts Club); and a Sterling Award for her portrayal of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.