No cultural stone went unturned when world-renowned comedian Russell Peters took to the stage to a near sold out crowd Saturday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Peters who has sold out shows from the Sydney Opera House and Madison Square Garden to Radio City Music Hall gave no audience member a pass from his hilarious reverse heckling.
Every person he addressed smiled and bantered with Peters.
Clad in a linen suit and low-key tennis shoes, the comedian didn’t waste any time honing in on a three-piece family in the front row.
Although somewhat uncomfortable for the 13-year-old who sat side-by-side with his mom and step-dad, “Austin” cringed and laughed as Peters discussed the perils of adolescence while sharing his own teenage angst.
With more than 60 million views on YouTube, the Canadian laugh doctor kept the audience engaged with endless audience engaging razzing.
Laced with self-deprecating humor, Peters surveyed the crowd and kept them on their toes wondering where the next bomb would land.
“Hey, are there any people from Thailand in here?” he cried.
Yells and woots jumped from the crowd as Peters addressed the cultural differences and similarities between his Indian/American background and every audience member he “interviewed.”
As a laugh barometer, a Pechanga guard sat quietly between the crowd and the stage stifling laughs as Peters hurled observations about several countries, nationalities and cultures.
Roars of laughter erupted as Peters regaled the crowd with quirky details about his life growing up in a working class family with parents who still held onto their Indian cultural roots.
The crowd ate up every joke as he meandered through topics about Hispanics to Indians to Italians and Caucasians. His tack-sharp jokes were relentless.
Peters has performed in several movies and continues to wow record-breaking crowds at his ongoing tour filled with eager fans waiting to laugh at his observations.
To learn more or to check out upcoming performances at Pechanga Resort & Casino, visit www.pechanga.com.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at email@example.com.