Stan Dirko, Life Coach
Brent ButtBrent Butt was the creator, head writer, showrunner, executive producer, star and sometime director of CORNER GAS. Brent also starred as the shows lead character.
Prior to CORNER GAS, Butt spent 15 years making people laugh on the stand-up circuit and quickly gained a reputation as one of the funniest men in the country. He’s the recipient of four Canadian Comedy Awards including Best Male Stand-Up in 2001, Best TV Performance by a Male two years in a row, 2004 and 2005, and Best Writing, TV Series in 2004. In 2008 he was presented with the Comedy Network’s Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the World Television Festival in Banff– an honour he shares with some of his comedic idols, including Bob Newhart, John Cleese and John Candy. Brent Leroy – and was voted Favourite Male Star in a 2004 TV Guide Reader Poll.
He has been a regular gala performer at the Just For Laughs Festival and hosted the World Comedy Tour in Singapore and Australia. He has performed for Queen Elizabeth and has thrown out the first pitch at Wrigley Field.
Butt recently signed a deal with Vancouver’s Brightlight Pictures, to write, produce and star in a feature film, and is currently working on his own network special for CTV. Somehow he still manages to find time to pursue his first love, stand-up.
Stan Dirko, Life CoachStan Dirko has jam on his tie. Not so much that you’d notice, but it’s there. It fell off a bagel a week ago. Stan often sits in his dumpy little office wondering if his dream of becoming a life coach is ever going to realize. He has been working the dream for six months without landing a single client. He often thinks perhaps he’s approached this “life coach” thing the wrong way. That he should have gone through some training or read some books on the subject? What he is sure of, is his desire to help people but unsure in what way. When Stan first heard the term “life coach”, the words rang in his head like a church bell, and when he learned that he didn’t need a degree, or have a license or be registered, he knew he had found his true calling. Over the six months however, the church bells are starting to fade as are his savings and his confidence in his ability to help people, even if they do come knocking on his door.
As he contemplates giving up his dream, Millie bursts through Stan’s door and changes his life. Here is someone who really needs help, a lot of help. Despite his misgivings, Millie is so convinced that Stan is the man who can help straighten her out, she even convinces him.