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March 29, 2012 15:50 ET

Russell Peters Returns to Canada in June With the NOTORIOUS WORLD TOUR

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2012) -

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Canada's biggest comedy export, global comedy rockstar, RUSSELL PETERS returns to Canada with ALL NEW MATERIAL as part of his NOTORIOUS WORLD TOUR, which will bring Peters to Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Saturday, June 16th, and to the Saddledome in Calgary on Tuesday, June 19th, Rexall Place, Edmonton on Thursday, June 21st, Rogers Arena, Vancouver on Saturday, June 23rd and the MTS Centre, Winnipeg on Wednesday, June 27th. The second leg of the Canadian tour will take place in September and October, with dates to be announced soon.

Tickets for the June dates go on-sale on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 AM via

"I can't wait to get back home and get in front of the Canadian fans who made me who I am today," says Peters. "I took some time off from touring in 2011 and really, really missed it. As a comic, on-stage, in front of an audience is the only natural place for me." Peters spent much of 2011 spending time with his new daughter, Crystianna and working on film and television projects. On being a father, Peters says, "I think I'm a pretty good father. I miss my daughter like crazy when I'm on the road, but I get videos of her from back home and I can get pretty teary eyed when I watch them."

Peters has spent the last three years setting attendance records around the globe; in 2009, he had the largest comedy show in UK history at London's O2 Arena with 16,000 fans in attendance. He repeated that same feat in 2010 at Sydney, Australia's Acer Arena, where he had the largest comedy show in Australian history with over 13,000 fans in attendance. In March of this year, Peters became the fastest selling concert in Dubai history. His two shows in Dubai sold-out in eight minutes - faster than Madonna and received rave reviews.

Starting in 2008, Peters was one of the first stand-up comedians to self-finance, self-produce and distribute his own comedy specials and DVD's, with Red, White and Brown and 2011's, The Green Card Tour LIVE from the O2 Arena. The DVD's went on to sell over 200,000 units across North America. Both specials were broadcast on Showtime Networks and Comedy Central in the States as well as Netflix globally. Peters is currently working on developing original content for Netflix.

Peters has given away more than a million dollars over the past several years to various charities, from the Brampton Civic Hospital, to Heart House Hospice, Gilda's Club, the MS Society and a scholarship at his old high-school, The Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship to send a deserving student to college. The scholarship is now in its third year.

Russell Peters Notorious World Tour will last well into 2013 with dates from Muscat to Montreal and from Las Vegas to Cape Town. The shows will feature Russell's Official Tour DJ's, Toronto's DJ Starting from Scratch and New York City's DJ Spinbad, as well as video cameras and screens for an up-close and intimate show, which will capture Peters' signature audience improv in an arena setting.

Listed on the Forbes List as one of the top ten Highest Earning Comics in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010, Russell Peters has spent the past 23 years building a career to become one of the biggest comics in the world. Thanks to YouTube and a global following, Peters has sold-out arenas from Madison Square Garden to the Sydney Opera House. Peters has also performed for the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and on the USS Eisenhower and HMCS Winnipeg, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Lopez Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and on HBO, CNN, MTV, BBC and Al Jazeera. Peters 2010 memoir, Call Me Russell was a Globe and Mail number one bestseller in Canada and will be released in the US in April, 2012. Peters was recently seen in the movies, Source Code and the 2011 highest grossing English language film in Canada, the Punjabi-Canadian ice hockey film, Breakaway. He can also be seen in the upcoming, Girl in Progress with Eva Mendes.

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