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Russell Peters: The Canadian King of Comedy

2007-10-16 13:37
Russell Peters has returned to South Africa with a new show about his latest travels around the world.

Peters is known for ridiculing his "own" people; the collection pronoun "we" is thrown about so much the audience genuinely accepts this comedy celebrity as one of 'us' and not one of 'those who shall be placed upon a pedestal'. Maybe it's because he sets himself up as one of the marginalised, an Indian who happened to be born in Canada and moved to the States.

It felt as if no actual material was prepped, memorized and recited. Instead Peters feeds off the crowd for one-liners, puns and quips. And boy what a crowd it was! From an Arab Persian who was born in Zimbabwe and studies in Cape Town to a Chinese guy who can only speak English, an Italian who's dating his best friend's sister and an Iraqi separated from a Jew by one seat occupied by an African, to the drunk in the back who wanted Peters to catch a taxi.

The show is a hilarious rollercoaster of high jinks, witty one-liners, cultural satire and caricatured impersonations. Refreshingly enough, Peters seemed to be having more fun than most stand-ups would allow themselves.

If you missed him in Cape Town and Johannesburg, catch Russell Peters at the Durban Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October. Check out this video: Russell Peters Outsourced

- Megan Kakora
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