Comedian Russell Peters assaults the masses with a gifted brand of humor—constructively scrutinizing class, culture and race while making fun of them. Peters is genuine. Some might say he manipulates his own racial makeup, being Indian. I called him up five times. No answer. Minutes later, a return call.
You know how to operate a cell phone? It’s like when I interviewed Larry King.
[Laughs]. He probably doesn’t know how to work one. You should of sent him a tin can with a string in it.
How did this tour come together?
It was the brainchild of a bunch of us. We just figured there are all these tours going around and very few have comics with names. You’re getting to see three of the top comedians in the world who don’t have a television show or who aren’t movie stars.
It’s a multicultural bunch. Doesn’t political correctness stand in the way of humor? It’s not cool to tell jokes about blacks to liberal whites.
Political correctness helps nobody. I hate to say it, but it helps some white people—particularly with their guilt. An ethnic group is usually never offended. It’s usually someone offended on behalf of them. Which is even more insulting, because we think that they’re too stupid to understand what was just said.
It’s the whole new generation. It’s so weird, dude. When people say, “I don’t see color” that can be just as offensive as anything else.
Growing up, 90 percent of my friends were black. The white kids weren’t that nice to me.
Steve Byrne is Asian with an Anglo-Saxon name?
Yeah. He’s half-Asian, half-white. We covered two bases on that one. If he was gay it would have been the tipping point.
THE NEW MAJORITY COMEDY TOUR
Feat. Russell Peters, Lisa Lampanelli, Gabriel Iglesias and Steve Byrne
925 COMM AVE