I’ve written about Russell Peters before: the Canadian of Indian (East Indian, that is) parentage, who grew up in Brampton ON.
His stand-up comedy targets every ethnic group, around a core of jokes about Indians:
- The cheapest people in the world – Invention of zero
- The biggest negotiators in the world – Take it and go
It’s not surprising that he gets away with making fun of his own group, but he also gets a pass for making fun of other brown people. He violates other social norms, too, telling white parents to beat their kids, for example, so they won’t feel left out in a multicultural schoolyard where all their immigrant classmates are being whupped by their parents.
I had trouble finding clips for this piece, because his shows have become much ruder and cruder over the years, but his early stuff was magnificent.