If you're like a lot of Americans, you may not know the name Russell Peters, but the Canadian stand-up comic has a huge following just about everywhere but the States. He sold a ticket every two seconds for a recent concert in Dubai. His videos have been viewed by over 20 million people on YouTube. He was the first comedian to sell out Torontos' Air Canada Centre. And he has been nominated for four Gemini Awards (Canada's equivalent to the Emmys).
His observational, one-liner humor recalls the comedy kings of yesterday like Don Rickles and George Carlin. So imagine how Peters felt when he was asked to take part in this summer's tribute to his hero, Bob Newhart at the Academy of Television.
His only request? He wanted to meet Bob in person first. The funny men had lunch together before the event. Watch this video to hear what Russell had to say about what he learned from Bob Newhart.