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Clever and inclusive comedy from Russell Peters
Russell Peters - Outsourced (DVD)
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Russell Peters - Outsourced (DVD)
Advantages: Observational comedy based on national stereotypes, but not designed to offend
Disadvantages: Humour might not suit everyone
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.
Summary: I found this stand-up performance humorous and entertaining