Sunday night, former “Last Comic Standing” judge, comedian Russell Peters definitely brought the laughter to The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort as the crowd celebrated Labor Day Weekend with the comic. The record-breaking Canadian comedian sells out arenas across the globe is one of the top 10 highest grossing stand-ups in the world and last night night, he showed the audience of thousands why he deserves those accolades…Opening with a lot of crowd work, Peters is not one to shy away – touching on every imaginable demographic, profession and stereotype as the audience played right into the funny man’s hands.
This stop featured Peters showcasing new materials from his Almost Famous World Tour featuring his latest takes on some of his favorite communities, jobs he can understand, cell phones, dating and his uncle who’s never been punched in the mouth. The show also featured Peters’ Official Tour DJ, New York City’s DJ Spinbad who kept the audiences entertained before the show.
Starting in 2008, Peters was one of the first stand-up comedians to self-finance, self-produce and distribute his own comedy specials and DVDs, with “Red, White and Brown” and 2011’s, “The Green Card Tour LIVE from the O2 Arena.” The DVDs went on to sell more than 350,000 units across North America. His last special, “Notorious” was the first original comedy special for Netflix. “Notorious” was also supported by a four-part documentary series, “Russell Peters Vs The World.” Peters currently has more than seven hours of content on Netflix.
Peters has given away more than a million dollars over the past several years to various charities, from the Brampton Civic Hospital, to Heart House Hospice, Gilda’s Club, the MS Society and a scholarship at his old high-school, The Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship to send a deserving student to college. The scholarship is now in its fifth year. Listed on the Forbes List as one of the top ten Highest Earning Comics in the U.S. since 2009, Peters has spent the past 25 years building a career to become one of the biggest comics in the world. Thanks to YouTube and a global following, Peters has sold-out arenas from Madison Square Garden to the Sydney Opera House. Peters has also performed for the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and on the USS Eisenhower and HMCS Winnipeg, and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Lopez Tonight,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and on HBO, CNN, MTV, BBC and Al Jazeera. Peters’ 2010 memoir, Call Me Russell was a Globe and Mail number one bestseller in Canada.
Photo Credit Denise Trusello.