Russell Peters has the Sault in Stitches! (8 photos)

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Russell Peters

Russell Peters, three time Gemini Award nominee, named one of the best 50 comics of all time, had Saultites bustin’ a gut at the Essar Centre last night.

Peters is the headlining act of the WTF Festival, a multi-day festival hosted by Tourism Sault Ste. Marie featuring some of the biggest names in Canadian entertainment performing at venues across the city over the weekend. It is the first festival of its kind in the Sault.

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Peters has appeared on hit TV shows such as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the Jimmy Fallon Show. He is also staring in a new hit TV series, the Indian Detective, which will air in December on Netflix.

His Deported World Tour started in 2017, and will continue well into 2019, showcasing his new material to audiences around the world.

Peters, being of Indian heritage, tends to focus his comedy around different races and cultures. In many ways, he uses his comedic abilities to address the intra-racial prejudices faced by Indians from different parts of the world, as well as cultural differences that everyone faces on a day-to-day basis.

Peters likes to single out and tease members of his audience, and last night’s show was no different. Of course being in Sault Ste. Marie, Peters had to pick on our huge Italian population.

The room was packed – from groups of friends, to couples on date night, to those looking to have a few drinks and unwind on a Friday evening – comedy lovers in the Sault came together for some great laughs to kick off the first annual WTF Festival in our community!

If you missed the Russel Peters show – no worries, the WTF Festival is giving the Sault plenty of opportunity to roll on the floor with laughter this weekend. The WTF Festival Variety Show will take place tonight at the Bushplane Museum, and a Late Night Show with Darren Frost at the Canadian Night Club. What better way to kick off summer than racy jokes amongst national and local comedians alike?

For more information or to purchase tickets for either of these events, click here.

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Riley Smith
Riley Smith is an enthusiastic and versatile critical thinker who has been with SaultOnline since January 2018. She holds a double Honours Degree in History and Political Science from Algoma University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management from Sault College. In addition to obtaining her Google Marketing Fundamentals certification, she is also working towards a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Relations. She has hands-on experience in social media marketing, media relations, public relations and news writing, event planning, and stakeholder relations, developed through experience as the First Nations and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator for the Missanabie Cree First Nation. When she's not reporting, you can find her reading, working out, spending time with her basset hound, Douggie, or seeing the world, one breathtaking view at a time.

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