Comedian Russell Peters
After 24 years in stand-up, Canadian comic Russell Peters is selling out theaters to thousands of fans. But even with all his fame and experience, Peters says the next bomb might just be right around the corner.
“I don’t think you’re ever above bombing as a comic,” he told SiriusXM’s Jim Norton during an in-studio Q&A with fans. But, of course, he finds humor in even the biggest flops – especially other peoples’. “There’s nothing better for a comic then seeing one of your friends bomb onstage. We will let them know we saw that un-mercilessness.”
And it’s that certainty that your work is never done, your craft never perfected that feeds many comics’ drive. “As a stand-up, you’re never completed. Every time you write a new set, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing it, you’ll see someone get a bigger or heartier laugh, you think ‘what do I have to do to get that laugh,’” he said. “I still have buyer’s remorse. No matter what I do.”
In the exclusive SiriusXM interview, Peters went on to discuss how he handles the issue of race, the risks of performing in religious Eastern countries and all the love that is behind his humor.
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