Andrew Wreggitt is an award-winning screenwriter. In addition to writing Corner Gas: The Movie, Wreggitt wrote the TV movie Jack, about former NDP Leader Jack Layton, and co-wrote and executive produced Borealis (Survival Code) in 2013, the latter winning two Canadian Screen Awards – one for Best Writing and one for Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie. In 2012, he wrote The Phantoms, about a high school basketball team in New Brunswick triumphing after a terrible tragedy, which won an International Emmy Award for Best Children’s TV Movie/Mini Series and a Writers Guild of Canada Award. He also wrote the mini-series Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story Part II (2012) and contributed episodes for both “Flashpoint” and “Heartland.”
In 2009 Wreggitt wrote and co-executive produced a one-hour comedic drama pilot “The Dealership,” starring Tricia Helfer, William Devane and Patrick Adams. In 2008, his television movie Mayerthorpe, starring Henry Czerny, Brian Markinson and Dianne Ladd, won the Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Movie or Mini-series and a Writers Guild of Canada Award. Also in 2008, Wreggitt wrote Sticks and Stones starring David Sutcliffe, which was nominated for Best TV Movie at the 2008 Gemini Awards. In 2007, Wreggitt wrote Shades of Black starring Lara Flynn Boyle and Albert Schultz, which earned a Writers Guild of Canada nomination. In 2006, Wreggitt won the Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Movie or Mini-series for One Dead Indian starring Gary Farmer and Gabrielle Miller. Other TV movies include three in the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series starring Victor Garber and Wendy Crewson and four in the North of 60 movie series, which earned him three more Gemini nominations.
Wreggitt is a veteran writer/producer of one-hour dramas such as “North of 60,” “Black Harbour” and “Tom Stone;” he was also creator, showrunner and co-executive producer.
He is a five-time winner of the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Award for Best Dramatic Writing. The Wild Guys, a stage play co-written with his wife Rebecca Shaw, has had over 75 productions worldwide and was made into a feature film in 2005 starring Kenneth Welsh and Jackson Davies.
Raised in Fraser Lake, British Columbia, Wreggitt now lives in Calgary with his wife and daughter.
Andrew Carr has been a part of the Corner Gas franchise from the beginning. He worked as a writer and story editor for the live action series, a co-writer for the movie and now a supervising producer for the animated series.
Originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Andrew’s career in comedy began in stand-up comedy where he performed in clubs and corporate events across Canada and the United States of America. He also made numerous appearances on television and events such as the Montreal “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival and the Vancouver Comedy Festival.
Andrew has garnered numerous writing awards and nominations over the years including two Canadian Comedy awards and a Leo award. His other writing credits include being Executive Story Editor for “Little Mosque On The Prairie,” Supervising Producer for “Hiccups,” and Senior Story Editor for “InSecurity.”
Andrew makes his home in Greater Vancouver where he continues to write and develop shows for film and television.
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.