Russell Peters, somebody gonna get a hurt real bad!

Russell Peters

The infamous grin
The infamous grin

In the beginning

Russell Peters is Canada’s newest, hot, rising star. His popularity as a stand-up comic has grown immensely since he first arrived on the comedy scene in 1989.

Canada has spawned many great comedians through the years. With an intricate network of cross cultures it was inevitable. Russell Peters delivers his unique comedy to audiences worldwide with finesse and candor unlike anyone else.

Peters’ road to success began in Toronto, Ontario on September 29, 1970 when he was born of Anglo-Indian parents. For the ensuing 19 years Peters grew up brown in a predominantly white neighbourhood and, at least for some of that time, was perhaps unaware he was gathering material for his one-of-a-kind comedic styling.

As quoted in the Western Gazette in November 2000 Peters said, "Indians are the second largest population in the world, but we're invisible on TV - everything is either black or white."

His knack for humour

What makes his comedy stand out is his innate knack to mimic accents and his ability to cross the fine line between being rude and being funny without insulting anyone.

Not at all prejudiced when it comes to his comedy, Peters takes on all cultural quirks and stereotypes equally. Whether white, Asian or Indian doesn’t make a lick of difference to him as long as he makes his audience laugh. And laugh they do as is evidenced by his loyal fans for the past 20 years.

Who could not help but laugh at this personable, brown man possessing an ear to ear, impudent smile that, in itself, invokes laughter before he even opens his mouth? His stage presence is relaxed and inviting making acceptance of his portrayal of racial stereotypes easy. Peters’ comedy is frequently controversial, but his intent is never to be insensibly disparaging, carefully wording every routine to convey the humorous aspects of all cultures and races. He draws on past experiences from family, childhood friends and years of observation and turns what might have been some arduous times into something to laugh about with a charm and wit that is his and his alone. He’s wet-your- pants, tears-rolling-down-your-cheeks, stomach-muscle-aching hilarious. It is literally impossible to sum up his comedy in one word.

Peters is quoted as saying ‘In my act, as much as I try to make it look like we all think and talk and behave so differently, the point is, we all do the same thing. We all have the same problems. We may have a different skin color or a different accent or language, but we all have exactly the same stuff goin' on.’

 

Putting it in perspective

His aim is not to condone bigotry, but put it in perspective and he does it remarkably well by making his audience laugh with him and each other! Peters has shared his eclectic, ethnic humour with audiences in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, mainland China, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, South Africa, Vietnam, the Caribbean and Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Pakistan and India, Lebanon and Jordan, Dubai, the USA and, of course, Canada. He is always welcomed with enthusiasm, anticipation and open hearts and minds.

2007 – Indian Redneck 1:29

An entry from Russell Peters’ myspace blog dated July 05, 2007

With his Canadian Homecoming Tour in 2007 Peters became the first comedian to be sold out at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre selling in excess of 15,000 tickets in two days for a single show, with a final tally of more than 30,000 tickets sold nationally in the two day sales period.

An entry from Russell Peters’ myspace blog dated July 05, 2007

I just want to take this time out to thank ALL of my fans in Canada for making my Homecoming Tour such an incredible success! Every city on the tour was so supportive it really made me even more proud to be Canadian. The Air Canada Centre shows were the Extereme Height of my career thus far. I don't know if the people who were at the ACC shows knew it or not but I got very emotional before and after each performance. To be standing backstage while the video montage (that my friend and director Jigar Talati put together) was playing and hearing the reaction and feeling the anticipation building in the room was so overwhelming that I literally got teary eyed and had to use every fibre of my being to not break down and sob like a little girl! I thank EVERYONE who was there and everyone who wanted to be there I could NEVER have made it this far in this business without you guys! I will always be grateful and I hope to continue to be able to make you all laugh.

Thank You from The Bottom of my Heart!

Russell Peters

The long and short of 'somebody gonna getta hurt real bad!'

Russell Peters has been honoured with numerous awards and recognition for his achievements. He’s been featured on "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival in Montreal, Winnipeg Comedy Festival frequently, as well as the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has received four Gemini Award nominations, winning the award for 'Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series' in 2008. Hosted the 2008/09 Juno Awards and in May 2008 became Toronto’s first Global Ambassador.

Quote from indiglow.tv May 15, 2008 regarding Peters being named Global Ambassador;

“In our business we compete literally with the entire world”, said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Russell can help us break through the noise and reveal the true personality of Toronto—the diverse, cosmopolitan experiences that make it such a tremendous place to live, work and visit. Russell has demonstrated that sometimes the best way to bring people together is by laughing.”

He attributes his success to his heroes: ‘Jack Johnson (The first Black Heavyweight Champion of the world), My Father Eric Peters (R.I.P. miss u Papa!) and my Mother Maureen without you guys I wouldn't be able to do what I do! George Carlin, Don Rickles, anyone who has the guts to get on stage and do their thing! DJ's who get busy! What up Spinbad and Starting From Scratch!’ From Peter Russell’s myspace page where he also states ‘I'd like to meet the person who has been pretending to be me on myspace!’

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This was really awesome, Carmen! Thank you for introducing me to Russel Peters as I (sadly) didn't know of him beforehand (I don't watch TV. You're absolutely right, he's hilarious and the way in which you wrote about him shows just how much you think so!


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

Thanks dohn121, I was introduced to his comedy by my 'brown' son, Avi. He's been a friend of my son for many years. I thought I was going to die I laughed so hard the first time I watched the DVD.


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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

I love this! Thanks Carmen for this great hub - this guy is hilarious. Also, I have lots of Indian friends in my community and we laugh about stuff like this all the time - especially the contrasts between Indians and what he calls "white people" ! He is awesome, and yes, these accents are so spot on it's actually amazing, now I want to get a DVD. I can't wait to turn my friend, Radha, on to him. She will love him.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Carmen you beat me to it I was gathering stuff on this great guy to put together as a hub. My whole family will stop everything and go out of our way to take in any one of his shows. My kids took me to his homecoming show in Toronto. My first time ever having been at the Air Canada Center when it was sold out and wall to wall people. It was a fantastically fabulous experience as we all, the multi-cultured, were all united in laughter.

You did a great hub on one of the best comedians of our time.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Carmen, great hub! I was introduced to this young man by my son who watches his You Tube videos all the time. Because he is really good at mimicking others (my son), we hear Russell Peters all the time. He's hilarious!

Thanks for sharing, I'm passing this one on to the kids.


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

Kartika hi, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and the video clips. He is an amazing performer, I wish I could be a fly on the wall when you watch it with your friend Radha.

Hey Zsuzsy, it must have been an incredible show to see live, especially with your kids. Yes, he is definitely one of the best.

Hello Duchess, I spent a long time writing this hub because I kept finding more of his routines on YouTube and couldn't tear myself away. He's addictive as well as hilarious!

Thanks for the visit and comments fellow hubbers


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lorlie6 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Carmen-HYSTERICAL stuff! I was married to an East Indian once, and his family constantly made fun of their own accents. It's been years...thanks for the memories!


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

I'm so happy you had fun with Russell, hysterical describes him for sure.


Keira7 7 years ago

Hi Carmen sorry for the delay, I didn`t know of Russel Peters but now I do. I have watch the video with my family and we love it. Thanks to you my dear Carmen. Take care my friend:)


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

No need for apologies, thanks for reading. I'm glad to have introduced you to someone new. You take care as well my friend.


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY

I can not remember the last time I have laughed so hard. Russel Peter is the real deal and I am so thankful to you for putting him on my radar. He is just too cute and to funny for words. I cant wait to start spreading the word to all my friends!

Thanks for fanning me Carmen. had you I wouldn't have started my day with such laughter!

Love and Light from your newest fan. . Shari


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

Shari, what a beautiful name! Laughter is the best way to start your day! Thanks for your visit and becoming a fan.


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LizzieTrueBlue 7 years ago from US

This was so funny! I have heard some short bits of Russell's on one of the Comedy stations on XM radio, but haven't seen this much of his material before. Thanks for including the videos. His stuff is great! One of my favorite bits is where he talks about his name & how it doesn't match his ethnicity - hilarious!

Great post, Carmen. I'm an even bigger fan of his now - and a new fan of yours!

Liz


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

Hey Liz,

I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub, it was certainly fun to put together! Thanks for visiting and becoming a fan.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Hadn't heard of Russell Peters before, but he's flat out *hysterical*! (And not bad on the eyes, either.) Thanks! ;D


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

Yea, he is a cutie chocolate pie! I have tears rolling down my face sometimes.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Russell Peters is a huge hit with Indians too...and he is truly truly funny! :)


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

I know, it was my [as he calls himself] brown son, Avy Gill, that introduced me to Peters about five years ago, he is hysterical! Thanks for the visit Feline.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Hey, you just featured a very funny man. My brother really likes him. In fact, he downloaded one of Russell Peters' show in his computer and made me watch the whole thing! And I am glad I did because I really like his show (not as much as my brother does though, he's obsessed with that show). And the "somebody gonna getta hurt real bad" phrase makes me really laugh every time he says it, complete with the straight face and the imitation of his father's voice (a die-hard Indian according to him). He is simply, simply hilarious and he does all of his act in an effortless manner. Thanks for featuring him Carmen.


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

Hi emievil, so glad to hear you liked the hub. He is truly a comedic genius. He loved his dad very much and misses him a great deal. Thanks for the visit, always nice to hear from fans.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

Carmen this is the first I heard of Russell Peters. I watched the videos and he is hilarious. Thanks for sharing your experience with his comedies. I enjoyed reading your hub.


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

Thanks create a page, always happy when I make someone laugh.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

Enjoyed your introduction to this comedy great, Carmen. His videos are really funny, happy, fun. Thanks for sharing!


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dsmiller 6 years ago from Canada

My son and daughter-in-law saw Russell Peters in Brampton last September, when he did a special show to raise money for the local hospital. They loved it, and we've enjoyed all his DVDs.

Thanks for this great hub to celebrate Canadian talent!


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Carmen Borthwick 6 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

We have a lot to celebrate when it comes to talent, especially in hockey. Even when a Canadian team doesn't win, its still a win for Canada as most of the players on US teams hail from their northern neighbour. I love it! LOL


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Very interesting and thanks for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Carmen Borthwick 5 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C. Author

thanks Eiddwen, hope you had time to watch the videos.


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lewisworld 4 years ago from Anywhere but here

Russell is my fav comedian, i frequently checking in ytb for new videos :D I just love his sense of humor. Btw video Tap Sum Bong is one of the best. This guy is probably a world super star becouse of Russell :)


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Sunita-Sharma 4 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

Nice hub on comdey king Russell! I have seen his some of his comedy shows. He is really good at spontaneous delivery.

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