Russell Peters is an international comedy sensation who regularly sells out shows all over the world, including arenas in Australia, England, South Africa, Singapore, India and his home country of Canada. His tours have set attendance records globally and Forbes magazine ranked Peters three times as one of the top 10 highest-grossing comics in the world, earning nearly $21 million in 2013 and garnering legions of enthusiastic fans. He has sold out some of the biggest venues in the United States, including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Barclays Center and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
Peters began doing stand-up at age 19 at open mic shows in his native Toronto in 1989. He spent the next 15 years honing his craft at comedy clubs across Canada and the U.K. In 2004, he gained critical and global recognition for his "Comedy Now!" special, which wound up on YouTube, launching the comic to a new level of fame. He became the first comedian to sell out Toronto's Air Canada Centre five times since 2007, and started performing in larger arenas in the United States, the U.K., Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
His subsequent tours were captured in hit specials broadcast on Showtime and Comedy Central: "Outsourced" (2006), "Red, White and Brown" (2008) and "The Green Card Tour Live from the 02 Arena" (2010), which set a U.K. attendance record for a one-off comedy show with more than 16,000 fans in attendance.
In 2013, Peters became the first comedian to star in Netflix's first original comedy special, titled "Notorious." Taped in front of more than 14,000 fans in Sydney, "Notorious" became a global success for Netflix. In conjunction with "Notorious," cameras followed Peters on tour for a behind-the-scenes four-part documentary, "Russell Peters vs. the World," also for Netflix.
He has performed with Dave Chappelle and George Carlin, and his comedy performances on YouTube have had more than 100 million views. Peters has also transitioned seamlessly into film and television. His voice can be heard in the upcoming animated feature "Ribbit" and on the Fox television comedy "Bob's Burgers." He has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Def Comedy Jam." He won a Gemini Award - Canada's version of the Emmy Awards - for hosting "The Juno Awards" show.
Peters' film roles include "Source Code," the Canadian ice hockey hit "Breakaway," which he also executive produced, and the Eva Mendes independent film "Girl in Progress." In addition, Peters has performed for the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Djibouti and Pearl Harbor.