Friday, December 4, 2009

Random comic genius: Russell Peters on Def Jam

Readers of this blog would know that I'm a big Russell Peters fan. The Canadian/Indian comic may be something of a one-trick pony - take away his jokes based on ethnic stereotypes and he has virtually nothing left - but at least he does his one trick really well.

His gags about Indians and Chinese are the best known, but he does something pretty impressive here. In his first appearance on Def Comedy Jam, to a largely black audience that is probably not familiar with him, he does a routine largely about black people, and the word "nigger". And pulls it off in style.

A good example of how if you want to do ethnic humour well, you need to really appreciate and understand whatever ethnicity you are talking about.

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