It had to happen eventually. Another one of the country's funniest comics has scored big in the U.S. Russell Peters's comic observations about race - his own and others - has wowed big-time producer Tom Werner, one of the guys behind that Carsey-Werner logo you see after many a sitcom. Peters just inked a development deal, and there are those in the industry who are hoping his wide-ranging humour will make him the next Ray Romano. Before he heads down to La-La Land permanently, you can catch him on his cross-country tour, which hits the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts Thursday and Friday (October 20-21) and Mississauga's Living Arts Centre on Saturday (October 22). See Comedy Listings, page 98, for details.
Congrats on the development deal. You feeling "It's about time"? I think it was inevitable, but I'm glad it happened when it did. Better later than sooner. You gotta struggle in this game to appreciate it all. I have to say to Canada, though: thanks for not giving a shit.
Speaking of Canada, do you have a message for the new Governor General? Fly economy.
What are you most looking forward to about living in the States? Everything. I love L.A. Whenever I leave there, I always feel like I'm leaving home. People talk about it being so fake. But I love all the stupidity and ignorance in America.
What aren't you looking forward to? Earthquakes. God's angry right now. Maybe traffic. But it's all part of the "I'm gonna be in Hollywood" experience.
What are you going to miss about Toronto? Friends and family, of course. Also going out and knowing everybody. I'm gonna miss being the Man. Or at least, feeling like the Man.
If you get a TV show, when would you want it to air? Before 10 pm, and before or after Joey. I was a huge Friends fan, and thought it was gonna suck. It's great.
You've mastered the Indian and Chinese accents. Is there an accent you can't do? Scottish. Which is so weird, because every white person can do one.
How are you trying to improve it? I'm not. I spent a month and a half in Edinburgh and still couldn't get it.
Curry goes well with...? Milk. Really.
And doesn't go well with...? Beer or pop. That carbonation actually accentuates the heat in the food.