Russell Peters: Mind Blasting
“Russell your show was mind blasting. Mmmind Blaasting. Not mind blowing…anything can blow the mind. You just blasted the mind”
Russell Peters, talking about Indians complimenting him after shows.
The venue was the Borgata at Atlantic City, where the Amreekandesi family spent their weekend. We were going to to the Vegas of the East coast as it is, and were pleasantly surprised to find Russell Peters performing this weekend. Me and the missus managed to get prime seats very near the stage.
Close enough, but not too close, if you know what i mean!
Russell Peters and Friends, they called it. Mr Peters and some other stand up comics performed over a couple of hours, and at one point my stomach actually hurt from all the laughing.
First though, for those who don’t know what i am talking about, Russell Peters is probably the most famous south-east Asian stand up comic. You can watch some videos of his earlier performances here and here.
Back to this show. The thing about Russell Peters is that most of his jokes are on race. The others are about sex. Sensitive people will likely not like him.
But then he redeems himself by making fun of all races. He hits at the stereotypes.
Arabs are terrorists waiting to blow up america.
Latinos are all uneducated people good enough only for mowing lawns
Indians in the US run grocery stores.
Koreans run dry cleaning stores.
Blacks will kill you and take your money.
Filipinos love karaoke (that’s one of his favorites)
Then there are the sexual ones. He has this obsession with black men and their big ding dongs. And boy, can he pick on people? Sit in the front row if you want to be part of his jokes. A black couple and an Italian family in the front had a real good time.
Amazingly, he didnt repeat any of his regular stuff. Stuff about Asians shouting out their last names as a cheer (woo! hoo!). Or his famous somebody is gonna get a hurt real bad.
He does give India a bad name though. I wonder how many people form their impression of India from his shows. Some of what he says may be true, but there’s a lot of exaggerations and many non Indians sitting there would think that India is a country of weird practices and customs.
When he wants to portray Indian Indians, he puts on this super fake very thick accent and talks funny sentences. Where did apu come from? Stereotypes such as these ones that earn comics their bread and butter?
Surprise of the evening was Jo Koy. He was introduced by Russell as someone who has so much energy that he is a tough act to follow. So very true. He was Hilarious! He was the one who gave me cramps in my stomach. He was also the one who got the loudest applause.
He didn’t even have to make racial jokes. He made fun of the biggest comedian of them all – George Bush! And told cute stories about his five year old kid and his obsession with his tin tin and how he is constantly trying to rip it off. Oh so very endearing!
“God is busy creating the most beautiful thing he ever created. Little Jesus is running around being a pain and trying his best to get dada’s attention.
God goes – Jeesus Christ! Give me a Break!“
Fun evening overall, though i would say that stand up comedy is such a tight rope walk that it could be easy to offend people with the kind of fare people like Russell Peters dish out. It is commendable that he goes at everybody so uniformly that no one group would feel offended.
That’s one special talent.