I've been obsessed with Russell Peters ever since my parents showed me his material a couple of years ago. I first saw a clip of him impersonating his Indian parents, and I was instantly hooked. This man was capable of humorously capturing my entire family in just a few minutes. What more could a girl ask for?
As you can imagine, I was ecstatic when I got tickets to his show at The Wilbur Theatre on Jan. 24. I’d never been there before this show, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was sitting on the balcony but I had a great view of Russell Peters, and I was honestly happy to be safe distance from him; he picked on members of the audience throughout the show. I’m not sure if I would like to be a subject of his jokes.
The show was hilarious. He did everything from his classic Indian impersonations to Filipino accents and failed attempts to speak Arabic and Spanish. His jokes typically touch on various racial stereotypes, multiculturalism and Indian culture in general. The show was filled with personal stories about his family and various ridiculous exchanges with foreigners. Some of his stories are clearly exaggerations, but there is an element of truth and familiarity in them that makes the jokes even more hilarious.
Though it may not be true that ALL Mexicans have neck tattoos, most of us have seen enough of them to find this reference extremely amusing. And no, not all Indians shake their heads while speaking, but I've met a disturbingly large number who have that peculiar trait. Peters knows exactly what stereotypes to play on to make us erupt in laughter.
The audience definitely reflected his multicultural sense of humor. It was extremely diverse, with people off all different ethnicities and age groups. I will say that his sense of humor has gotten a lot more vulgar. Many of his jokes and movements refer to sex in some way, so I wouldn't recommend going to this show with your family or bringing a child…unless you’re okay with sitting through a highly uncomfortable hour. Also, I wouldn't recommend this show to the easily offended.
Honestly, Russell Peters doesn't spare anyone. Anything that he can twist into a joke, he will. He doesn't refrain from addressing controversial topics and he is in no way concerned with being racist. He is, after all, a comedian. But just keep that in mind. If you’re looking for a classy evening filled with jokes of great taste, don’t go see Russell Peters. But if you’re looking to get off campus and laugh until your stomach aches, catch one of his shows when you get a chance!
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