Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre will be hosting Russell Peters during his third visit to Singapore in April, with his all-new show.
Tickets went on sale Saturday 31 January and an extra night has been added to make it a two-night performance.
The first comedian to sell out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in 2007, Peters, who will be 45 this year, has come a long way from selling out arenas at home in Canada to selling out New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre recently.
Before his stop in Singapore, he will be doling out jokes to audiences in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, India and Sri Lanka, sticking to his preference for close interaction with his fans.
“I like to interact with the front rows. I use the interaction to take me from bit to bit. Some guys go onstage with a script and don’t deviate from it. That’s not my style.
"I have my set and know what I want to cover; I just use the audience to move me in certain directions. It’s very collaborative and each show is unique," he said in a media release.
Peter's first visit to Singapore in 2012 was a huge hit, setting the record for reportedly being the fastest-selling and biggest comedy show in Singapore’s history. It was held over two nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in front of 18,000 adoring fans.
His last visit here was in March 2013 for a one-night performance.
As one of the most popular comics around, he gives credit to the late comic legend George Carlin as one of his biggest influences when he was just starting out.
Carlin apparently told him to get on stage whenever and wherever possible and Peters duly heeded that advice back in 1992, citing that as “the reason I am where I am now”.
He also thanked YouTube for making him big (at the 15:28 mark in the video, where host Allan Greg asks him what was the turning point in his career that made him a superstar) and he still has no idea who put up the first video of him, the 2004 hit show ‘Comedy Now!’.
With his status now, he is able to give away more than a million dollars to various charities on top of funding a scholarship (in its fifth year) at his old high school, called The Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship, that sends deserving students to college.
The comedian's last tour took him to 26 countries, covering more than 200 performances. With more than 300,000 fans attending his shows globally, it is no surprise he is often touted as one of the top 10 comics in the world.
Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour | Date: 7, 8 April 2015 | Time: 8pm | Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 6, Hall 601‐604, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City | Tickets: $108, $138, $158, $188, $228 from Sistic