“ Genre: Comedy - Stand-Up / Theatrical Release: 2006 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Alan C. Blomquist / Actors: Russell Peters ... / DVD released 2006-10-09 at Warner Vision International / Features of the DVD: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL „
This review is of the Russell Peters - Outsourced stand-up comedy. Although I watched this on Netflix, the DVD contains the same material.
I hadn't heard of Russell Peters before watching this, but he is a Canadian comedian who is of Indian descent. This is important because Peters's humour is based on different cultures and races from around the world, and I discovered that Peters has a substantial international audience.
The humour which Peters uses is very much observational, and in this stand-up he inter-acts frequently with the audience, often at their expense, although with a mischievous rather than nasty edge. Peters is quick-witted and does very well threading the interactions with the audience into his observational stories.
Peters can do a wide range of accents, and is able to switch to and from them with great speed. He seemed to have stories from many countries, depending on who he was interacting with in the audience, and he seemed very fast on his feet. Although the humour is never overly offensive, there is reasonably frequent swearing and some sexual references, so the DVD wouldn't be suitable for children.
Without giving too many of the jokes away, he mixes a series of stories from around the world with stories based on what his audience says. One piece was how he was with an African woman in KFC in China, and the comedy is based on a mis-understood word which is frequently spoken in Chinese. Other jokes based around wordplay and misunderstandings are his pieces on travelling in Vietnam and his "someone is gonna get a hurt" joke.
At first sight the material might seem quite edgy and controversial, but Peters tries to unite people by identifying characteristics in a culture, but also recognising that everyone is really the same. There are some clips on Youtube of this performance, so it's a good way to see if this style of humour will appeal.
This particular stand-up performance was recorded from a gig in 2006 and was recorded in San Francisco. Although some of the humour is a little American orientated in this particular performance, I didn't feel that it made it any less relevant. There is also another performance, also available both on DVD on Netflix, by Peters which was filmed in the O2 in London front of 30,000 people in 2010, which is worth looking out for.
The DVD is currently available for 7 pounds on Amazon including postage, although is sometimes on eBay for a little less. Alternatively the show can also be seen on the UK version of Netflix. The DVD and Netflix version of the stand-up last for 74 minutes.
Overall I felt this was an excellent performance which was received very well by the audience. Peters has a quick wit and is well traveled, and engages well with his audience rather than just trying to insult them for the sake of a quick laugh. By being able to imitate various accents and with a wealth of stories from different countries, I felt that this made for a really clever and different style of humour. I will be looking for more stand-up performances from Peters.
This was my second recommendation to Dooyoo as I was surprised to find that they do not have any thing under Russell Peters. This guy is simply one of my favourite stand up comedians and someone that I have to review.
This was his major debut on DVD and I am sure pretty much every Asian will have heard of him. I am not being racist here just that most of his jokes are about Asian people and therefore all Asians seemed to have heard of him. The great thing about him though is that he picks on all cultures and I will talk a bit about this below.
The funny thing was that everyone seemed to find his forty minute initial stand up clip on the internet and it circulated through word of mouth. Russell Peters himself knows this and in a joke way refers to all that watched the stand up online as 'Downloading B*******'.
Russell Peters has been doing stand up comedy for a few years now and is an Indian that has been bought up in Canada so considers himself Canadian but has a lot of Indian roots due to his parents arriving from there.
His accents are great and I am sure anyone from any culture will love his attempt at imitating their accents and he gets each one pretty much spot on. His Chinese accent is particularly outstanding and compiled with the great jokes he really knows how to nail the accent jokes.
He is great at involving the audience and constantly picks on people and asks them where they are from and then most likely goes on to make a brilliant joke about their culture. He is so fast on his feet with these jokes and linking complete random people into them. On top of this his facial expressions are brilliant and are half the reason along with the accent why his jokes are so good. That is what sets him apart from other stand-ups, the way he connects with the audience.
Now in comparison to other stand up comedians he definitely is better than most. Chris Rock is awesome as well but a different type of stand up where he has more stories that particularly relate to current issues and then if you look at Jimmy Carr again you have a different type. Carr is good, but his jokes are mainly one liners and totally pre prepared like Chris Rock. Yes Russell peters jokes are prepared as well but there is a lot of improvising and you literally see moments where he is thinking of what to say. Definitely one of the best stand ups in recent years.
I do not really want to talk specifically about the jokes, as then I will ruin this for people that have not seen any of his comedy yet and I definitely do not want to do that. I usually get criticized for not talking about the material enough so here I am explaining the reason why. I suggest you go out and buy the DVD or find other means to watch it and I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed and Russell Peters really is a genius at comedy.
The material used is definitely not suitable for children and this goes for most stand up comedians these days. In one show there was actually a dad who bought his little boy with him and even Russell Peters was amazed at this and as a joke said that the kid is going to learn some new s*** today.
Unfortunately around half the material in this DVD is recycled which is disappointing and I have found that he has been doing this a lot in recent shows. Thankfully though in his latest material, named Red, White and Black, he has a lot of new material and does not recycle much.
I will be looking out for more Russell Peters stand up comedy in the future and hear that he is in talk with FOX and that a deal is close to completion for a new sitcom. This is a major step for Peters in becoming a household name and with his repertoire of jokes and unique style, this is something that is definitely possible.