With record-breaking sales figures for shows in Canada, London, Australia and Singapore, a Gemini Award for his stellar hosting of the 2008 Juno Awards, and a third place ranking on Forbes’ top-earning comedians of 2013 list, you’d think that Russell Peters has finally made it big.
According to him, well…not quite.
“That’s why this new tour is called Almost Famous,” Peters told the Los Angeles Times in a 2014 interview. “Most comics are never lucky enough to do one arena tour – maybe Dane Cook, Kevin Hart or Chris Rock if he wanted to. I’m on my fourth arena tour. So what do I have to do to get on The Howard Stern Show?”
Stadium Malawati packed full with fans during Peters’ Notorious World Tour 2012
|Peters doing what he does best – entertaining!|
Despite his words, Peters’ star status is in no doubt in Malaysia, with his first show here in 2012 selling out almost immediately as fans rushed to grab tickets for the originally one-night only performance. With the addition of a second show due to overwhelming demand, Peters sold out 16,000 tickets in total – a feat no other comedian has replicated since.
For his second two-day visit from 10-11 April this year, you can expect all new material as the Canadian funnyman delivers his trademark blend of observational comedy that highlights his opinions on ethnic and cultural stereotypes, jobs, cell phone usage and dating.
Though race and cultural contrasts are often considered taboo subjects in many countries, Peters is renowned for his hilarious yet resonant commentary on stereotypes and differences, bringing issues to light through the unifying medium of comedy.
The man, the myth, the legend himself in action
Some of his most popular anecdotes include watching television with his Indian father, pronouncing an African name, and haggling prices with the Chinese.
“Apparently in China, I’m Shaquille O’Neal,” Peters told a crowd in San Francisco. “I go to a mall. I walk into the store. I’m like, ‘Hey, you got a 10.5/11 in those shoes?’”
“Ah no! How about an 8?”
“How about I can’t negotiate my foot size with you?”
Peters keeps it personal via a recorded address to his Malaysian fans
Accent impersonations of various ethnic groups and lightning-fast improvisation complete an entertaining package that has sent sold-out venues worldwide into uproar for years, and it’s no surprise that multicultural Malaysia is eager to welcome him back – a sentiment shared by Peters as he declared, “I had a great time in KL in 2012, so I’m pretty pumped about coming back and seeing ‘uolls’ in April lah!”
The comedian grooving to the beat of mix master DJ Spinbad
Also returning to Malaysia is ‘Fastest Hands in New York’ DJ Spinbad, who performed for Peters’ Notorious World Tour 2012 and will do so again this year, along with an opening act to warm the crowd up.
As Peters would say, “Be a man! Do the right thing!” and get yourself to Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam on 10-11 April to enjoy a side-splitting spectacle that’s guaranteed to bring the house down!