Russell Peters hosts the Junos again

Russell Peters isn’t just the biggest desi comedian in Canada, he’s arguably the hottest comedian period (no, he’s not Tamil). For the second year in a row, he was tapped to host the Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys and the most popular award show north of the border. The Junos were held Sunday night at General Motors Place, home of the Vancouver Canucks.

Peters made a colorful entrance with a group of Punjabi dancers and two drummers.



Once the group disappeared, Peters showed off some of his other moves, amid roars from the crowd.



You can watch Peters’ entire monologue here (cue to the 5 minute mark).

At least one observer, Leah Collins of Canwest News Service, wasn’t crazy about Peters’ entrance or some of his jokes.

Maybe we’re just suffering Slumdog Millionaire fatigue, but Russell Peters’ Bollywood entrance was pure cheese — even by Juno standards. However, once he started popping and locking on the “grow-op” set, we couldn’t deny the comedian has some skills. If only the opening monologue was as tight. West-coast pot-head jokes? Sigh . . . You know what else Canadians are known for? Tired regional humour. [Link]

Peters did impress Stuart Derdyn of Canwest News Service, who called him “crazy funny.”

“I know this is Vancouver, but look at this grow-op on this stage,” Russell Peters began his intro comments about the set design following Nickelback’s kickoff. Then it was off to the races; man this guy is crazy funny.

Honestly, the Junos deserve credits for giving over their show to a guy who can manage a joke about Mike Reno eating for the weekend, wanting to see that Anne Murray sex tape and note that Hedley and Simple Plan are both in the house, but he doesn’t know which is which.

Peters left his vast collection of ethnic jokes at home, but did refer several times to his brownness.

Peters said he would bruise more egos in his second consecutive year hosting and followed through with a few off-colour topical jokes about artists in attendance during his monologue.

On Sarah McLachlan, who split with husband Ashwin Sood last year, Peters said: “I hear Sarah’s single. Listen Sarah, I don’t want one brown guy to ruin it for the rest of us.”

He also drew a few nervous laughs with a shot at former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, who was charged with drug possession last summer (a judge later said the charge would be dropped if the singer stayed out of trouble for six months).

“Speaking of snow, Steven Page left the Barenaked Ladies,” Peters said. “Apparently to sniff out some other work.”

Following some disapproving groans from the crowd, he added: “You know I had to do a few lines on that.” [Link]

Perhaps the funniest segment of the show was Peters’ skit with Michael Bublé, in which the comedian and crooner riffed on how easy the other’s job was. (Here’s the clip.)

“Knock knock, who’s there? Brown people. Give me a million dollars.” That was Michael Bublé’s line in a very funny skit with Peters and it continued the edgy, very funny back and forth of the broadcast. [Link]

Though Peters probably helped write the skit, Collins of Canwest News Service seems to give Bublé more credit.

Finally, the Junos have figured it out: let Michael Bublé do what he does best. And no, contrary to your grandma’s opinion, that thing is not singing. The dude is funny — as in he-should-really-be-hosting-this-show funny. The biggest laugh of the evening, by far, was Bublé’s skit with Russell Peters. Buble for St. John’s 2010. Let’s get this campaign started. [Link]

11 thoughts on “Russell Peters hosts the Junos again

  1. sweet angel gibril… peters dancing in a leisure suit!!1?!


    anyway.. junos blow moose ass anyway. who the hell thinks the nickelback are worth anything. like a newspaper guy put it. it’s like saying subway makes the best sandwich in the country because they sell the most. suckkk..

  2. Lookit me lookit me, I’m Russell Peters and if I don’t get to host the Junos this year somebody gonna-get-a hurt real bad!

    :D

    As a brown guy living in Canada, even Russell Peters couldn’t get me to watch the Junos.

    … still, it looks like there were some fun bits this year.

  3. Russell Peters couldn’t get me to watch the Junos.

    ditto. i can see that the entertainers would like to get some recognition and dont grudge them that – but somehow all the glitz and lights is all so different from that unique clean canadian sound [which is def not nickelback]

    here’s oil man’s war by kathleen edwards. and no she didnt win.

    Annie was scared to death She’d never once in her life laid with a man But she knew it was his only chance She bought a white dress second hand I won’t change my mind Keep your hand on my thigh tonight When we get up north We’ll buy us a store I won’t fight in an oil man’s war

    and shad didnt win either at the juno if i remember right.

    <

    blockquote>Yo it’s hard to be, Man it’s hard to just be Especially with this artistry it’s hard to be Black and not be a hard emcee or r&b And that’s cool if that’s you but What if all you are is me? Man start the beat cause all my heart can see Is a dark and bleak Night sky painted on my mind so I spark this speech Like stars to bleed light when it’s hard to see More than guitars and being down with a label that can Market me I’ve scarred my knees Praying hard for peace of mind and a heart that’s free… Cause yo – that’s what we all want…blockquote>

    i hope as heck these guys make money but please lord.. not the ‘grammy’ way. that’s so uh… from down south.

  4. sorry for the mess up. the last comment “i hope as heck these guys make money but please lord.. not the ‘grammy’ way. that’s so uh… from down south” was separate from the lyrics to ‘what we all want’ – peace of mind and a heart that’s free. :_)

  5. Russell Peters, who is anglo-indian from Calcutta (anglo-bengali?), kinda looks like Kobe Bryant. The guy used to be a breakdancer hence the moves.

  6. 1 · khoofi said

    anyway.. junos blow moose ass anyway. who the hell thinks the nickelback are worth anything. like a newspaper guy put it. it’s like saying subway makes the best sandwich in the country because they sell the most. suckkk..

    Hey, Subway does make the best sandwiches. Their cheap, delicious, and have everything in them. Yum.

    Also, those clips really did look awfully cheesy.

  7. May be this guy RP should be asked to host the Oscars. We did not have a decent host for the Oscars since Bob.

  8. May be this guy RP should be asked to host the Oscars. We did not have a decent host for the Oscars since Bob.

    Since Bob Hope? That’s more than 30 years! Didn’t you like Johnny Carson?

    I thought Billy Crystal and Steve Martin were great. And Jon Stewart and Ellen weren’t bad.

  9. Absolutely wonderful. Canadian Asians have done better than UK ones in Crossing over