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Russell Peters

Category: Stand-up Comedian, Television, Film, Canada

Birth Name: Russell Dominic Peters

Born: 1970, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Years Active: 1989 to present

Genres: Satire, Improvisational Comedy, Observational Comedy

Subjects: racism, race relations, sterotypes, human sexuality, multiculturalism, Indian culture

Influences: George Carlin, Steve Martin, Cheech and Chong, Don Rickles, Eddie Murphy

Notable Works and Roles: Russell Peters Outsourced

Russell Dominic Peters[4] (born 1970 in Brampton, Ontario[5]) is a Canadian stand-up comic and actor of Anglo-Indian[5] heritage.

Early Life

Peters' parents, Eric and Maureen are from Mumbai and Kolkata, India, respectively.[1][6] However, he was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and his family moved to nearby Brampton, Ontario in 1975.[5] He is listed as East Indian and Catholic on his myspace page [7] as well as a bio [8]He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

 

 

 







Russell Peters

His Work

Peters began performing in Toronto in 1989[4]. He has since also performed in the UK, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, South Africa, the Caribbean, Vietnam, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, UAE and the United States.

He has been nominated for four Gemini Awards,[9] the Canadian television awards. He has also been nominated for Best Male Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards.[citation needed] Peters has been featured at such shows as Montreal's Just for Laughs (Juste Pour Rire) Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival. He hosted the Canada Day Comedy Festival 2006.

Peters' comedy focuses largely around his Indian upbringing and racial stereotypes, as he often parodies his parents and South Asian culture. Much of his material explores the cultural divides between many different ethnicities and upbringings in a way that includes many impressions. One reason for his popularity is that he engages the audience at his shows, by talking to individuals and making some sort of remark at, or about them.

His most recent comedy special Russell Peters: Outsourced, aired on Comedy Central on August 26, 2006. Outsourced is also available on DVD and CD in stores from August 29, 2006. The DVD version features his uncensored performance. The DVD has been popular, especially in Canada, selling over 100,000 copies. Outsourced is Russell's first DVD release and remains on the National DVD Chart over one year after its release.

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Outsourced

Russell Peters: Outsourced is a stage act dedicated to the memory of Peters' father. It showed lots of new material to his viewers. Topics ranged from different types of Asians, the English accent, terrorists, racists, Africans and his own adventures with the Chinese in KFC, Beijing. But the show remained typical of his style. Two of his most popular catchphrases are "be a man" and "somebody gonna get a hurt real bad". During the encore for the show, before doing the famous line, he mentions that he would be retiring that joke/line after that show. Many viewers misunderstood this message and believed that Peters was retiring his career as a comedian. The official reason is that his father recently passed away before the release of the DVD and many jokes were based on him. From then on, Peters would be focusing on different material.

He has also acted in the film Quarter Life Crisis.

Monsoon House

Monsoon House is a radio play that Peters performed for CBC Radio One in 2006. It stars Peters as Russell Page, a Hollywood producer.

New Sitcom on FOX

In September 2007, it was confirmed that Peters made a deal with FOX to develop a new sitcom, based on his experience of living in Canada. Peters says, "It's really a snapshot of where my family maybe was ten years ago.", and he ensures that the sitcom is "Something that will be funny and honest."[10][11]

USO Tour



Russell Peters in Afghanistan on a USO tour in November 2007. Peters participated in a USO tour in November 2007 with Wilmer Valderrama and Mayra Veronica.[12]

Juno Awards 2008

Peters has been selected to be the host of the 2008 Juno Awards televised ceremonies in Calgary on 6 April 2008.

Popularity

Peters' popularity extends to several countries. In Canada, Peters became the first comedian to sell out at Toronto's Air Canada Centre[14]. More than 15,000 tickets in two days for that single show. He ended up selling over 30,000 tickets nationally over the two-day sales period. A total of over 50,000 tickets were sold across six cities.

Awards and Recoginition

2004 - Nomination for the Gemini Award in the category "Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series". This was for Show Me The Funny, from the TV-series Comedy Now! (1997). Achievements

First South Asian to headline and sell-out the Apollo Theater in New York City. The Apollo show was produced by Dan Nainan, a South Asian comedian who also performed at the show.

First North American based comedian to perform in India (Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata)

 

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