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Russell Peters

Orlando Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre
9101 International Drive
Suite 2310
Orlando, FL  32819
Thurs (1/16) 8pm | Fri (1/17): 8pm & 10:30pm | Sat (1/18): 7pm & 9:45pm | Sun (1/19) 7pm
$40 | 21 & over
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Only a handful of today’s artists can claim their success began with YouTube, and even less, if any, having then been named alongside such luminaries as Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Eddie Murphy in Rolling Stone’s recently released list of the 50 Best Comics of All Time. In comedian Russell Peters’ case, “success” may be a drastic understatement. Russell Peters started doing stand-up at the age of nineteen at open mics in his native Toronto in 1989. He spent the next fifteen years honing his craft at clubs across Canada and the UK. In 2004, Peters gained critical and global recognition for his CTV “Comedy Now!” special which wound up on YouTube. Peters says: “I never put the special on YouTube. I still don’t know how to upload anything on the web to this day.” That upload launched a new level of fame and unforeseen success. It also led to larger and larger shows, not only in arenas in his native Canada, where he became the first comedian to sell-out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in 2007 (as of today, six times and over 100,000 people), but to arenas in the United States, the UK, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.
The subsequent tours were captured in his phenomenally successful specials broadcast on Showtime and Comedy Central: Outsourced in 2006; Red, White and Brown in 2008; and, The Green Card Tour in 2010, which went on to set a UK attendance record for a one-off comedy show with over 16,000 fans in attendance at London’s O2 Arena. In 2013, Peters became the first comedian to create a Netflix Original Comedy Special. Recorded in front of over 14,000 fans at Sydney, Australia’s Allphones Arena, Notorious became a global success for Netflix. In conjunction with Notorious, Peters allowed cameras to follow him on-tour for a behind-the-scenes, four-part documentary series, Russell Peters vs. The World, also exclusively for Netflix. Peters’ most recent world tour, Almost Famous, a celebration of his twenty-five years in the business, once again set attendance records across the globe, from Canada to Singapore to Madison Square Garden, resulting in his being nominated alongside Jeff Dunham and Kevin Hart as “Billboard’s Top Touring Comic in 2015.” The corresponding special; Russell Peters: Almost Famous, premiered on Netflix in October of 2016. Peters hasn’t stopped there, as evidenced by his recently being rewarded with a 2017 Peabody and Emmy Award for Executive Producing the critically acclaimed Netflix Documentary Hip-Hop Evolution. He and his production company have also self-financed and self-produced his specials, while his corny, light-hearted take on Christmas, 2011’s “A Russell Peters Christmas,” became the highest rated Christmas special in Canadian Network, CTV history.