Russell Peters
Indian-Canadian comedian, actor and disc jockey
Russell Peters
Russell Dominic Peters is a Canadian-Indian comedian, actor and disc jockey. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and has been nominated for four Gemini Awards.
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'Notoriously Unknown' Comic Russell Peters Selling 2 California Mansions
Fox News - 5 months
Although he's not a household name, Russell Peters has made millions in comedy. His success is evident in the two mansions he's now selling in California. The post 'Notoriously Unknown' Comic Russell Peters Selling 2 California Mansions appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice -
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REJEX: How Outsiders Thomas Middleditch and Russell Peters Handled Bullies & Lisa Barr's Call to Stop Exclusionary Moms' Practice
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Take that you bullies! Some recent stories have made me smile, stories in which outsiders have struck back at their tormenters, be they schoolyard bully boys and girls, or suburban moms. Or in the case of my upcoming novel, REJEX, fearless teenage outcasts strike back at an intolerant Big Brother, hitting the authorities where it hurts the most. Host Russell Peters on the set of Speakeasy I recently chatted with comedian Russell Peters on the set of Speakeasy, a fun series of laid-back interviews with celebrities over a cocktail. Canadian-born but now U.S.-based Peters has been ranked by Forbes as the #3 highest earning comedian in the world -- taking in over $20 million annually. What, you haven't heard of him? True enough, Chris Rock, who's reportedly the only other comedian apart from Peters who can regularly sell out cavernous arenas, calls him the "most famous person nobody's ever heard of." Yet, he has exuberant fans from Singapore to Dubai to Southern Californi ...
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Recognize this famous comic?
CNN - over 3 years
Russell Peters has been a stand-up comic for 24 years, has a global following and is one of the highest-earning comedians in the world. So why don't you know him?
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How Russell Peters Got The Last Laugh
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If Forbes is to be believed, Russell Peters made $21 million doing stand-up comedy this year. That sum puts him ahead of acts arguably familiar to American audiences such as Louis C.K., Kevin Hart and Daniel Tosh, yet the Canadian-born Peters still had found the lack of U.S. recognition a bit hard to swallow. That could change with the release of Netflix's "Russell Peters: Notorious." Marking the streaming service's entrance into the world of original stand-up specials, "Notorious" is a look at Peters' life as a new father and husband while enjoying professional success as a touring comedian. He's also known for his gentle ribbing of his family, which is of Indian descent, and other ethnicities. HuffPost Comedy met up with Peters in New York City earlier this month, and spoke to him about how boxing and DJing influenced his comedy, what drives his desire to reach big milestones in his career and whether his level of popularity in America still nags at him. "Russell Peters: Noto ...
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5 questions with comedian Russell Peters
CNN - over 3 years
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Video: Watch: Comedian Russell Peters performs impressions, talks Internet success
CBS News - over 3 years
Comedian Russell Peters sits down with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to discuss how the internet is changing comedy, how bullying influenced his ethnic jokes, and the differences between his audiences. Peters has a new Netflix show called "Notorious," which premieres Monday. "CTM" also captured several of his impressions.
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Can Comedy Fight Religious Bigotry?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I did not expect The Muslims Are Coming! to bring tears to my eyes. It was supposed to be a (film about) comedy after all, a film about the absurdity of Islamophobia in the United States, and about the role of comedy in combating stereotypes and generalizations about a community. But, hearing comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, the directors of the film, discuss how their parents moved to the United States, the love they had for the country even before arriving, and the struggles of leaving everything you know and love behind for the sake of your children was truly poignant. Indeed, both scenes end with Farsad and Obeidallah choking up as well. Several scenes in the film are quite moving not only because it reminded me of my family's own arrival in Canada from Sri Lanka, and all the struggles involved, but also because the film, while highlighting many warm and touching interactions, constantly juxtaposes them with scenes filled with bigotry, ignorance, and exclusion. White A ...
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Oh, Canada: Are They Laughing At Us, or With Us?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Canada has a long and storied history of great comedy. From Kids in the Hall to French Canadian YouTube star Jon Lajoie, Canadian comedy is one of our prime exports. Everyone (at least everyone North of the border) knows that SNL would be nothing without our guys and gals bringing the laughs. Here are just some of Canada's great comic minds: Will Arnett, Dan Aykroyd, Jay Baruchel, John Candy, Jim Carrey, Michael Cera, Tom Green, Phil Hartman, Elvira Kurt, Eugene Levy, Norm Macdonald, Howie Mandel, Rick Mercer, Lorne Michaels, Mike Meyers, Leslie Neilsen, Catherine O'Hara, Russell Peters, Seth Rogan, William Shatner and Martin Short. This is why I love seeing non-Canadian comedians in Canada, because they always let the nation-specific jokes fly. "Do you guys have Saved By the Bell here?" asked comedian John Mulaney, which was the cleaned up version of Bill Burr's quip, "Canada: you don't lock your doors and nobody jerks off!" Sure, we're easy to laugh at -- if you don't act ...
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Russell Peters tops today's celebrity birthdays
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
No joke, Canadian funnyman Russell Peters turns 43 today. The Canuck pride and joy has been making us chuckle for years and it looks like the comedian has lots to celebrate.
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Russell Peters' 'Notorious' Will Be Netflix's First Stand-Up Special
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Stand-up comedy fans will be happy to learn that Netflix recently announced plans to release original stand-up comedy specials, kicking off with Russell Peters' "Notorious" on October 14. Peters, who Forbes named the third highest grossing stand-up comedian of 2013, has a huge following around the world, with much of his comedy coming from jokes about his Indian heritage (Peters was born in Canada to Anglo-Indian parents). In addition to "Notorious," Netflix will also release a four-part documentary series about Peters' life. Netflix has bought a few other stand-up specials that were released exclusively through the streaming service, such as comedy specials from Todd Glass and Moshe Kasher, but Peters' special kicks off a new commitment to producing specials for the service. Aziz Ansari's "Buried Alive" will be the second special Netflix releases, on November 4. Check out the trailer for Peters' "Notorious," and check out the artwork below.
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Riotous Russell Peters Special 'Notorious' Ready for Netflix
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Comedian Russell Peters is set to star in a new stand-up and documentary series on Netflix scheduled for October 14th Filmed earlier this year Russell Peters vs the World follows the Canadian funnyman over the course of his global "Notorious" tour Jimmy Fallon Mindy Kaling and the 50 Funniest People Right...
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Netflix Sets Russell Peters Stand-Up Special, Docu-Series
Broadcasting and Cable - over 3 years
Notorious, Russell Peters vs. the World to premiere...
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Russell Peters to tour India in October
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Comedian and actor Russell Peters is all set to tour the country in October     
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Russell Peters, 'Notorious' And Unapologetic
NPR - about 4 years
The Indian-Canadian comedian is known for mimicking accents and poking fun at race, culture and class. He's performed for audiences worldwide. All that after being bullied as the brown kid in a mostly white neighborhood. Peters talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about his personal life and his new world tour called 'Notorious.' » E-Mail This     » Add to
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SJ Sharks Hold Food Drives for Second Harvest Food Bank
Campbell Patch - over 4 years
  A jar of peanut butter, a can of tuna, peas, corn and beans just might be the recipe to cure those hockey-watching withdrawal symptoms hockey fans may be experiencing during the NHL lockout. San Jose Sharks, the Sharks Foundation and Sharks Ice at San Jose are teaming up to raise donations of canned goods and monetary donations for Second Harvest Food Bank in a kickoff event Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sharks Ice at San Jose (long-timers may still call it Logitech.) A donation of five canned goods or $5 will earn an opportunity to meet and collect an autograph from former Sharks such as Owen Nolan and Mike Ricci, and other Sharks celebrities such as fan-favorite S.J. Sharkie. (There’s a limit of one autographed item per person, and the celebrities are subject to change.) Other familiar faces, or voices, that may be on hand include former player and now color commentators Curtis Brown and Jamie Baker, and broadcasters Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky. Second Harvest ...
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Russell Peters’ divorce will be a laughing matter
National Post - over 4 years
Shinan: Amicable. And no hard feelings. That’s Peters’ story about his wife of two years, Monica Diaz, with whom he shares a daughter
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russell Peters
  • 2013
    Age 42
    In 2013, he earned $21 million, according to Forbes estimate.
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    On September 28, 2013, Peters was awarded the 2013 Trailblazer award by the Association of South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment (SAMMA) for his contributions to the world of comedy.
    More Details Hide Details He is among the first South Asians to achieve international success in the field.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    Peters' performances on May 5–6, 2012 in Singapore also set attendance records for a single stand-up comedian at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
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    In a March 2012 interview, Peters revealed that he and Diaz were divorcing.
    More Details Hide Details He is now engaged Peters lives in Los Angeles, California and owns two homes there. He also owns homes in Las Vegas and Vaughan, Ontario.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    Peters has guest-starred on the TV series Mr. D as the school superintendent. In 2011 he starred in a Canadian TV Christmas special, A Russell Peters Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details Guests included Michael Bublé, Pamela Anderson and Jon Lovitz. The show attracted the highest number of viewers of any CTV Canadian holiday special.
    In May 2011, Peters released The Green Card Tour: Live from the O2 Arena, a live performance recorded in front of a total audience of 30,000, over two nights at O2 Arena in London, England.
    More Details Hide Details The show was directed by Dave Higby, who produced Outsourced. On October 26, 2010, Peters published his autobiography, Call Me Russell, co-written with his brother Clayton and Dannis Koromilas. According to Forbes, Peters earned an estimated $15 million between June 2009 and June 2010, continuing his run as one of the highest-paid comedians, after earning an estimated $5 million the prior year. Forbes ranked him as the third-highest-paid comedian.
  • 2010
    Age 39
    In 2010 Peters established the Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship, an award worth up to $20,000 and intended to finance up to three years of college.
    More Details Hide Details It will be awarded annually to a student from Judith Nyman Secondary School (formerly North Peel) with a strong academic record and the intention of attending college. Peters has appeared in many films. He acted in the Punjabi-Canadian Breakaway (2011), alongside Camilla Belle, Anupam Kher, andnay Virmani. That year he also acted in Duncan Jones's Source Code (2011) as Max, an amateur comedian with a bad attitude; and as Pervius in National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (2011). He appeared in Senior Skip Day (2008), which starred Larry Miller, Tara Reid, and Gary Lundy. That year he was also in The Take (2008) as Dr. Sharma. Earlier he had cameo roles in Boozecan (1994) as Snake's Friend, Tiger Claws III (2000) as Detective Elliott, My Baby's Daddy (2004) as the obstetrician, and Quarter Life Crisis (2006) as Dilip Kumar.
    Their daughter Crystianna Marie Peters was born two months early on December 14, 2010.
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    He proposed to girlfriend Monica Diaz on July 10, 2010 at the Los Angeles International Airport and announced their engagement via Twitter. The couple married on August 20, 2010 at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details The wedding was attended by about 20 guests, including an Elvis impersonator. Soon after, Peters told The Canadian Press that Diaz was pregnant, saying, "Did I get married because she was knocked up? I would say that expedited it."
  • 2008
    Age 37
    Peters dated former pornstar and actress Sunny Leone for a brief period in 2008.
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  • 2006
    Age 35
    In a 2006 interview with The National, Peters observed that he did not intend to put down or offend different races and cultures, but tried to "raise them up through humour".
    More Details Hide Details Peters is widely known for his punchline, "Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad." It ends a joke he tells about his childhood with a traditional Indian father, who used corporal punishment on his sons. Another punchline he utilizes is "Be a man! Do the right thing!", which relates to a story of a Chinese man trying to get him to pay more for an item at a shop. When interviewer Larry King asked Peters, "Is there such a thing as too taboo?", Peters replied, "I don't talk about religion because I think people are a little weird about religion, especially nowadays, and I'm more of a science guy than I am a beliefs guy. I'm more into facts than I am into beliefs." In an interview with Al Jazeera, Peters said he "refuses" to talk about religion.
    Peters hosted the Canada Day Comedy Festival 2006, and participated in a USO tour of Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Africa and Greenland in November 2007 with Wilmer Valderrama and Mayra Veronica.
    More Details Hide Details He also currently produces and stars on the radio situation comedy series Monsoon House on CBC Radio One. Peters was the host of the televised 2008 Juno Awards ceremonies in Calgary on April 6, 2008, for which he won a Gemini Award for "Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series". The show received the second-highest ratings of any Juno Awards broadcast. Following the show's success, Peters accepted an invitation to host the Juno Awards for a second consecutive year; the 2009 Juno Awards took place in Vancouver on March 29, 2009.
    Peters' debut comedy album Outsourced is from his performance aired on Comedy Central on August 26, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The DVD version is uncensored. The DVD has been popular, especially in Canada, selling over 100,000 copies. Outsourced remained on the National DVD Chart over one and a half years after its release. Peters released a second DVD/CD combo, Red, White and Brown, in Canada on September 30, 2008, and in the U.S. on January 27, 2009. It was recorded on February 2, 2008, at the WAMU Theatre in Madison Square Garden. Peters and his brother Clayton self-produced and financed Red, White and Brown.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    Peters attributes his 2004 performance on the Canadian TV comedy show Comedy Now!, which was uploaded onto YouTube and became viral, as the turning point in his career.
    More Details Hide Details While the initial video upload featured his entire 45-minute performance, YouTube users subsequently uploaded segments of the performance where Peters focused on individual cultural groups. According to Peters, those segments made their way to the "targeted" cultural groups and were well received by them. The video and its viral nature was referenced by Peters on the DVD performance of his show Outsourced, when he entered and jokingly addressed the audience with "Look at you, you filthy downloaders!" In 2007, Peters was the first comedian to sell out Toronto's Air Canada Centre, selling more than 16,000 tickets in two days for the single show. He ended up selling over 30,000 tickets nationally over the two-day sales period. He broke a UK comedy sales record at London's O2 Arena when he sold over 16,000 tickets to his show in 2009. His show in Sydney, Australia on 15 May 2010 had an audience of 13,880, making it the largest stand-up comedy show in Australian history.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    In 1992, Peters met comedian George Carlin, one of his biggest influences, who advised him to get on stage whenever and wherever possible.
    More Details Hide Details Peters said he "took that advice to heart, and I think that's the reason I am where I am now." In 2007, 15 years later, he hosted one of Carlin's last shows before Carlin's death the following year.
  • 1989
    Age 18
    Peters began performing in Toronto in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He has since gone on to perform in several countries worldwide.
    He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He currently lives in Los Angeles. Peters was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Eric and Maureen Peters. When he was four, the family moved to Brampton, a city close to Toronto. His older brother Clayton now serves as Peters' manager. Peters is Catholic and of Anglo-Indian descent. His late father was born in Bombay, India and worked as a federal meat inspector; Peters regularly features stories about him in his comedy work. Peters attended Chinguacousy Secondary School for grades 9–10, and North Peel Secondary School in Bramalea for grades 11–12. In school, he was regularly bullied because of his ethnicity. He eventually learned boxing, which helped him resist the bullying. Peters also became a hip hop "junkie" in his youth. By the 1990s, he was a well-connected DJ in the Toronto scene.
  • 1970
    Born on September 29, 1970.
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