Russell Peters is famous for ‘observational comedy’ on the subjects like racism, stereotypes, multi-cultures and inter-racial relations. He was born on 29 September 1970, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and raised in Brampton. He lives in Los Angeles and owns two houses. He also has residential spaces in
and Vaughan, Ontario. “Take it and go” and “somebody gonna get a hurt real bad” are his top catchphrases. He is a good break dancer. Currently, he is the top rated comedian. He was born to Maureen and Eric Peters.
He is Catholic and of Anglo-Indian descent as his father was born in Bombay, India and was Federal Meat Inspector. He has a brother, Clayton Peters, who is also his manager. He attended Chinguacousy Secondary School from 9th to 11th grades and North Peel Secondary School from 11th to 12th grades. During school, he was bullied for his ethnicity which eventually led him to learn Boxing. He is an actor, comedian and producer. He even became a druggie and by 1990s he became a DJ in Toronto. He began a stand-up comedy career in 1989 in Toronto. He admired
and took his advice of taking the stage wherever and whenever possible.
In 2006, he raised Canada Day Comedy Festival. In 2004 a video from his third performance went viral. But in 2007, a YouTube upload of his 45-minute performance on Canadian TV comedy show called "Comedy Now," became viral and marked the turning point in his career. In 2007 itself, he broke a record by selling 30,000 tickets, for his one day show, in just two days. In 2008, he received "Gemini Award" for hosting Juno Awards Ceremonies in Calgary in the same year. He was in a relationship with actress
for a small period of time. He hates Bollywood movies and songs. In 2009, he was invited to host Juno awards, for the consecutive year, in Vancouver.
In the same year, he broke UK comedy sales record by selling 16,000 tickets to his show at the O2 Arena. In 2010, he had an audience of 13,880, in Australia, making it the most successful stand-up comedy show earning $2 million after two shows. The same year he released his autobiography, "Call Me Russell", co-written by his brother and Dannis Koromilas. In 2011, he did a directed by Dave Higby (producer of ‘Outsourced’) show named "The Green Card Tour: Live from O2 Arena, London” for an audience of 30,000 over a period of 2 days. In 2012, he broke records of sales for a show of single stand-up comedian in Singapore Indoor Stadium earning $1 million. The 2012 tour “Notorious” was the most attended show in Lebanon, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa and Malaysia.
In Dubai, it became the fastest-selling show in history. In 2013, he was Awarded Trailblazer Award by Association of South Asians in Media, Marketing, and Entertainment for his contribution to the comedy world. In 2013, he grossed a total of $19 million. Currently, he produces and stars on "Monsoon House" on CBS Radio One. Peters' debut album "Outsourced" became a hit selling over 1 lakh copies of DVDs (Uncensored Version) and remained a chartbuster for one and a half years after its release. A second Red, White and Brown DVD combo was launched in Canada (2008) and U.S. (2009), which was produced and financed by him and his brother.
He has been accused by Gina Yashere, on "Comedian's Comedian" of stealing her content for several years. During his “Almost Famous” tour in India, he out-rightly asked actor Aamir Khan (he interviewed him in 2001 after the success of ‘Lagaan’ and Dil Chahta Hai) to shut up for taking a stand against the AIB roast episode. During the promotions of ‘Breakaway’ he went on to say that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is beautiful but a horrible actress. He puts Amitabh Bachchan above Al Pachino and, he thinks, Abhishek Bachchan has to deal with a lot of pressure. In 2010, he posted an invitation of his engagement with Monica Diaz on Twitter whom he proposed at the Los Angeles International Airport.
They married on 10 August 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His daughter, Crystianna Marie Peters, was born two months early, on 10th August 2010. In 2012, he broke the news of divorcing Monica Diaz to "The Canadian Express". He also started a scholarship of $20,000 called Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship which is awarded annually to a student of “Judith Nyman Secondary School" who has strong academic background and intends to attend college. He did tons of episodes (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and various movies (‘Chef’, The Jungle Book, New Year's Eve, Breakaway and Source code to name a few). Russell’s Notorious became the first Stand-Up comedy show to be on Netflix. It was aired on October 14th, 2013. Also, a four-part behind-the-scenes documentary (Russell Peters vs. The World) was released on the same day on Netflix.
He was the host of NBC’s reality show “Last Comic Standing”. His net worth is estimated to be $40 million and in 2013 he made a whopping $21 million from his Almost Famous Tour. He is the third highest paid Comedian after
and Terry Fator. Despite his success, he is not much recognized among US viewers. He says that he named his tour “Almost Famous” because people know him but still a lot of people haven’t even heard of his name so despite being successful he is an almost-famous man.
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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Russell Peters is a Canadian comedian, an actor of the Indian descent. His deceased father was born in Mumbai, India, and his job was that of a federal meat examiner. Peters has gone through a series of bullying because of his Indian heritage. Also, he used to be a DJ during the 1990s. In the year 1989, Peters started performing as a comedian and since then, has presented on the stage countless times around the globe. His idol, comedian, George Carlin once suggested that Peters must take the opportunity to perform on the stage whenever and wherever possible. Russell took that advice way too seriously and believed that such variety of advice is the key to his success.
In the year 2007, he hosted the last show for George Carlin before the latter’s demise. His performance on the show, “Comedy Now!” (2004), which was uploaded on the Youtube and eventually got viral might be one of the greatest keys to his ever prospering success. Peter’s show at Toronto’s “Air Canada Centre” sold over 16,000 tickets in two days, and 30000 tickets nationally. Similarly, in the year 2009, he sold over 16000 tickets to his show in the United Kingdom and broke the UK comedy sales record. Moreover, the Australian population at his show in the same country was about 13880, making it the best-selling show in the Australian history.
Russell presented the Canada Day Comedy Festival in the year 2006 and partook in a USO excursion of Iraq, Germany, Afghanistan, Africa, and Greenland with Wilmer Valderrama and Mayra Veronica. Peters compered the Juno Awards in Calgary, in the year 2008, and it was the kind of performance that earned him a Gemini Award for “Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series”. He also decided to host the Juno Awards the very next year, that held in Vancouver.
For his outstanding contribution to the word of humor, he was awarded the “Trailblazer Award” by the Associations of South Asians in Media, Marketing, and Entertainment. His earnings aren’t funny, though, since, during the years 2009 and 2010, he earned an amount of 15 million dollars, as told by Forbes and became one of the highest paid comedians soon enough. He used to be in a relationship with the former porn star and Bollywood actress, Sunny Leone, but only for a short time in the year 2008.