Russell Peters brought his notorious humour to Kingston’s K-Rock Centre on Sunday to an impressive crowd of over 600 Kingston residents and students.
The event started off with Faisal Butt, a comedian nominated through a Kingston radio contest to open the show.
After Butt’s short and well-received act, a more experienced comedian, Gregg Rogell, took the stage. His act, despite being humorous, was slightly trivial and frivolous but was nevertheless met with positive feedback from the crowd.
Finally, after the two opening acts the audience members were met with the much-anticipated Peters. He immediately settled into the stage and began the main portion of his act, which involved making jokes about audience members sitting directly in front of him.
His interactions with the audience, despite being improvised for the most part, were perhaps the most humorous part of his hour-long act. Peters’ natural humour came through and the crowd obviously enjoyed the moments between him and select people in the crowd.
Peters would pick a person, ask them a few questions and then make jokes based off of things like their hair, their children and jobs. He also incorporated stereotypical race jokes into his commentary, true to his style of humour.
Throughout the interactions with the audience, Peters would go through his rehearsed act, which wasn’t always as humorous as the improvised parts. Often he joked a little too extensively about senseless topics like masturbation, not being able to work a computer and not wanting to have any more children.
While these subjects were funny at first − especially as many comedians cover similar topics − his jokes didn’t always hit the mark, despite audience members laughing consistently.
One audience member, David McMillan, had a mixed, yet mostly positive, review for the comedian’s show.
“The show was really well put together,” he said. “For the most part it was funny, but it started to get dull as the show went on. He seemed to try and get the audience to set up his jokes, which got pretty stale quickly.”
A quick look around the surrounding audience members proved that many people weren’t enjoying the show as well as they might have liked to.
“Luckily, there were usually a few really good jokes that made me forget about the questionable parts of the show,” McMillan said. “I walked out of the show laughing, so I have to say it was a pretty good show.”
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