Comedy King back in SA

Published Oct 11, 2007

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That is right you heard it right - he is back and this time he has a many more comical anecdotes up his sleeve. Heart 104.9 in association with Kusasa Entertainment proudly welcome international comedy superstar Russell Peters back to South Africa.

"We at Heart are extremely excited to be part of the Russell Peters Show. Having seen him perform in the country before and seen the kind of hilarious response he gets from the audience, I know Cape Town is going to love him," says Gavin Meiring, Managing Director of Heart 104.9.

Since his last tour of South Africa in December 2003, Russell Peters has skyrocketed in popularity to become the biggest comic on the planet. He's been touring non-stop across the globe since his last trip to what he describes as his 'home', South Africa.

After playing to sold-out theatres from Sydney to New York, the world-wide comedy phenomenon finally returns to perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban with his all new show featuring new tales from all of his travels.

The 18 year comic veteran brings his all new act, plus special guest DJ, Starting From Scratch to the Cape Town's ICC, Jo'burg's prestigious Sandton Convention Centre and finishing off at Durban's Expo Centre.

"Scratch is one of the best dj's and turntablists in the world. He has been opening for me across Canada and will now be my opening act in the UK, South Africa, Madison Square Garden (in February '08) and in Australia," tells Peters.

In June, Peters performed for more than 30 000 fans over two nights at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

Both shows were sold-out - a first for any comic at the world-famous home of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. A total of 50 000 plus fans turned-out to support the international funny man during his recent Homecoming Tour in just five cities across Canada.

Not satisfied with being the best-known comic in Canada, Peters sold over 27 000 tickets during two tours of Australia and New Zealand in 2006. He also did five nights of sold-out shows in Singapore, two back-to-back sold-out shows at New York's Beacon Theatre and a sold-out tour of the UK in 2006.

"We've been trying to get back to SA for over a year now, but it's been a challenge to find the right promotion partners for our tour," said Peters, "plus I've been mad busy for the past four years now."

Peters' last DVD/CD, Outsourced, sold almost 100 000 copies in his native Canada.

Earlier this year, Peters completed his first ever tour of the Motherland, India. Tickets for the shows sold so quickly that the promoter was left scrambling for additional venues to meet the demand.

After India he performed a series of shows in Dubai, where tickets sold at a rate of one ticket every two seconds and there was a near-riot at the retail outlets (who refused to sell the additional shows after their employees feared for their lives).

"All this traveling around just helps me come up with new material. I see things. I talk about them. That's what I do."

The October UK and South Africa Tour comes complete with video screens and will be shot with three cameras so that all the fans can get a good look at the rubber-faced funny man.

Get your tickets early. "We generally don't do any advertising for my tours - the fans find out about the show dates from my website, or from our fan registry and somehow the shows go on-sale and suddenly sell-out!" "I can't wait to get back to my other 'home'. I can't tell you how much I've missed my fans in South Africa. These shows are going to be off the hook!"

- Tickets available from Ticket Connectionand contact their call centre on 0861 121 333 .

Tickets Go on sale - Friday 17th of August 2007 at 9am local time.

Cape Town: 10/11 October 2007 - CTICC

JHB:13/14 October 2007-Sandton Convention Centre

Durban: 17/18 October 2007 - Durban Expo Centre

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