Russell Peters is one of the highest paid comedians in the world. He is a multiple-award winning stand-up comedian whose comic genre focuses on his observations mainly about individual cultural groups and with that, he always thrills his audience whenever he mounts the podium. Following his outstanding performances that has attributed to his huge fan base, Peters has set astonishing records in the field of comedy including being the first comic artist to have sold over 30,000 tickets across America for a single show and also a single stand-up comedian to have registered a record number of attendance at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Russell Peters has also gone ahead to display his multi-talented nature in diverse fields of entertainment, having excelled as the host of many shows including the Juno Awards which earned him a Gemini Award. He has also established himself as an actor, having featured in a good number of movies and TV shows such as Quarter Life Crisis, The Con Artist, New Year’s Eve, Fifty Shades of Black, Family Guy, Are We There Yet? and many others.
As a result of the boundless success he has encountered in his career, as well as his great contributions to the entertainment industry, precisely comedy, Peters was honored with the Trailblazer Award by the Association of South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment. See more captivating details about the bio, earnings, and family of the deft comedian below.
Russell Peters Biography
It was on the 29th of September, 1970 that the multi-talented comic artist was born to Eric and Maureen Peters in Toronto, Ontario. His father was a native of Bombay, India and worked as a Federal Meat Inspector. He has an elder brother named Clayton Peters. He completed his basic education from two different schools, Chinguacousy Secondary School and North Peel Secondary School.
Russell Peters began his career in Toronto, first as a DJ before he started performing as a comic artist. According to Peters, he cited that the reason behind his incredible career success is the advice given to him in 1992 by George Carlin, a comedian, to always get on the podium whenever and wherever possible. Following the advice, the dextrous actor has done well for himself. He was the host of George Carlin’s show in 2007.
Russell Peters encountered the turning point in his career when the video of his performance on Comedy Now, a Canadian television comic show was uploaded on YouTube and went viral. Since then, Peters has gone ahead to perform in many cities across the United States as well as in other countries which have helped him to assemble enormous following. He has also released many comic DVDs such as Outsourced, Red White and Brown, The Green Tour: Live from the O2 Arena and Notorious, with the latter becoming the first Netflix stand-up special.
Furthermore, Peters has showcased his humorous nature while serving as the host of many shows including The Canada Day comic festival. He has also been featured in many TV and Radio programs including Top Gear America, and Monsoon House, a radio situation comedic series.
He has also worked as a writer and executive producer of TV shows such as Hip-Hop Evolution, A Russel Peters Christmas Special, and The Indian Detective. Peters wrote his autobiography along with his brother, Clayton Peters and Dannis Koromilas entitled, Call Me Russell, which was published in 2010.
The comedian is known to have acquired jaw-dropping earnings from his flourishing career as he was reported to have earned a financial value of about $40 million in 2014 according to Forbes. As of 2019, Russell Peters’ net worth is reportedly around $55 million.
Family – Parents, Brothers, Wife/Girlfriend and Daughter
The prestigious comedian’s parents are Eric and Maureen Peters. He has an elder brother, Clayton Peters who works as his manager and has collaborated with Los-Angeles-based Paul Canterna of Seven Summits for nine years while working as a TV producer.
With regards to his personal life, Russell Peters has been romantically involved with a good number of women. His first love affair was with the renowned Bollywood actress, Sunny Leone which ended in 2007. He later tied the knot with Monica Diaz in August 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The union was blessed with a daughter, Crystianne Marie Peters who made her arrival into the family two months early, in December 2010.
Two years later, the pair signed the divorce papers and in 2016, Russell Peters proposed to Ruzanne Khetchian. Then in December 2018, the dextrous comedian publicised that he is expecting a child together with Jennifer Andrade.