"I'm Russell Peters, world famous sex addict and rocket scientist, just kidding, I don't know shit about rockets."
-The man himself introducing himself on The Dating GuyIf Kal Penn represents Indians in America, Russell Peters represents the community in Canada.Russell Dominic Peters (born September 29, 1970) was born in Toronto, Ontario to Eric and Maureen Peters, and raised in Brampton. He is of Anglo-Indian descent. His father was born in Bombay, India and worked as a federal meat Inspector and his mother was born in Calcutta, India. He has an older brother named
This performer provides examples of:
- Acceptable Targets: EVERYBODY.
- All Jews Are Cheapskates: Russell says this stereotype is extremely offensive... to Indians. Because they're the cheapest ethnic group and damn proud of it, so why should the Jews get the reputation for it?Russell: People are like "Jews are cheap!". We're like [Indian accent] "No, that is very incorrect. I am cheap. Jews are thrifty. BIIIIIG difference."
- Call-Back: Interestingly, during Almost Famous someone in the audience references a joke Russell made about someone's name in an older special.
- For himself:Russell: [in Cantonese accent] Be a man!
- For his now late father:Russell: [in Indian accent] Somebody gonna get a-hurt real bad!
- Mimicking an Indian salesman:Russell: [in Indian accent] Take it and go!
- For himself:
- Chekhov's Gun: He will often make a joke or ask some people in the audience to recite their names near the start of his routine, then call back to the joke or to that person/those people in the audience later on.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Done visually sometimes in jokes involving something sneaky.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: If his anecdotes regarding his childhood and his father are to be believed.Russell: [imitating his father] If I get rid of one, I'll just make another one! And I will tell the new one what an idiot the last one was!
- Oh, Crap!/This Is Gonna Suck: Russell's reaction to hearing his dad's Catch-Phrase as a kid.
- Pals with Jesus: Played for Laughs in any joke involving his Mexican friend, Jésus.Russell: I like hanging out with Jésus, man. "Hey, who's your friend?" "The Son of God".
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Russell tells the story of when he got threatened by a man for looking at the man's girlfriend. In response to "Where do you get the balls to look at my girl?", Russell panics and answers, "Costco."
- Running Gag: Quite a few but nearly every routine is guaranteed to have the one below.Russell: Where are the Chinese people at?
Chinese Audience Members: [cheering] WOO!
Russell: Look at them yelling out their last names... so proud.
- He will also ask where X ethnicity is in the audience throughout the show.
- Schmuck Bait: In one DVD performance, he starts singing the tune to the 'Chicken Dance'. Some audience members partake in the clapping segment and he immediately calls them out on it.Russell: [jokingly] You losers.
- Toilet Humor: Happens at times.