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Russell Dominic Peters (born September 29, 1970)[1] is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, and producer.[2] He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. In 2013, he was number three on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid comedians, and became the first comedian to get a Netflix stand-up special.[3] He also won the Peabody Award and the International Emmy Award for Best Arts Programming for producing Hip-Hop Evolution (2016). He lives in Los Angeles.[4]

Peters was born in Toronto, Ontario on September 29, 1971, to Eric and Maureen Peters, both of whom were of Anglo-Indian descent and immigrated to Canada from Kolkata, India in 1965.[5][6] Peters was raised Catholic.[6]

When Peters was four, he and his family moved to the suburb of Brampton. He attended Chinguacousy Secondary School for grades 9–10, and North Peel Secondary School in Bramalea for grades 11–12.[7][8][9] In school, he was regularly bullied because of his ethnicity. He eventually learned boxing, which helped him resist the bullying.[10] Peters also became a fan of hip hop in his youth. By the 1990s, he was a well-connected DJ in the Toronto scene.[11][12]

Peters' older brother, Clayton, serves as his manager.[13]

Peters began performing in Toronto in 1989. He has since gone on to perform in several countries.[14]

In 1992, Peters met American comedian George Carlin, one of his biggest influencers, who advised him to get on stage whenever and wherever possible. Peters said he "took that advice to heart, and I think that's the reason I am where I am now."[15] In 2007, 15 years later, he hosted one of Carlin's last shows before the comedian's death the following year.[10]

On September 28, 2013, Peters was awarded the 2013 Trailblazer award by the Association of South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment (SAMMA) for good contributions to comedy. He is among the first South Asians to achieve international success in the field.

In 2017, Peters made an appearance on Top Gear America in the third episode of season 1 as one of the guests.[16]

According to Forbes, Peters earned an estimated $15 million between June 2009 and June 2010, continuing his run as one of the highest-paid comedians, after earning an estimated $5 million the prior year. Forbes ranked him as the third-highest-paid comedian.[17][18] In 2013, he earned $21 million, according to Forbes' estimate.[19]

Peters credits the turning point in his career to his 2004 special on the Canadian TV show Comedy Now!, which was uploaded onto YouTube, where it became popular. While the initial video upload featured his entire 45-minute performance, YouTube users subsequently uploaded segments of the performance in which Peters focused on individual cultural groups. According to Peters, those segments were seen by the targeted cultural groups and were well received by them. The video and its viral nature was referred to by Peters on his performance, Outsourced; when the audience cheered when he referred to earlier jokes, he exclaimed, "Look at you, you filthy downloaders!"[20]

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