Comedian Russell Peters at Chicago Improv
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The last date listed for Comedian Russell Peters was Sunday March 15, 2009 / 7:00pm.
Russell has been nominated for four Gemini Awards [the Canadian equivalent of the Emmys]. He has been featured at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh (Scotland) Comedy Festival and many others across the globe. His TV appearances include CBC’s Comics! and two one-hour Comedy Now! specials on The Comedy Network in Canada. His Comedy Now! performance of February 2004 is one of the network’s most popular shows of all time.
When fans placed segments of the special on the internet it created a global demand for Russell comedy and his popularity exploded. His YouTube videos have been viewed by over 20 million individual viewers. His website gets over 10,000 hits a day and alerts his many fans to his upcoming shows via targeted email blasts. He’s performed sold-out tours of China, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Jamaica, St. Maartens, Trinidad, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates and in 2007, was the first North American comic to tour India. In 2007, Russell completed two USO tours for the troops.
Russell’s comedy is rooted in the reality of growing up brown in white Canadian society. “My family and I are Anglo-Indian,” Russell explains. “Anglo-Indians are a community of Indians from India who mixed with the British when they occupied India. Both of my parents are Anglo-Indian and their parents were Anglo-Indians and so on.”
In February 2008, Russell recorded his latest DVD, Red, White and Brown at Madison Square Garden. It was released in January 2009. Russell recently put his February 14th, 2009 show at London’s O2 Arena on-sale, selling an uprecedented 9000+ tickets in one day. In 2009, Russell will tour with his 20th Anniversary Tour, which will feature not only his greatest hits ‘remixed’ but also all new material. The 20th Anniversary Tour will go across Canada, the US and the UK.