Russell Peters To Host Gemini Awards

Brampton funnyman is also a Gemini winner and four-time nominee.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

It was recently announced that Brampton native and comedian Russell Peters will host the 26th annual Gemini Awards next month.

Winner of the 2008 Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series and a four-time Gemini Award nominee himself, Peters will help celebrate the best in Canadian programming.

“I’m excited about hosting the Emmys, but since that’s not happening, these Geminis are going to be amazing. Plus this will be a great warm-up for when I do host the Emmys,” joked Peters in an official press release.

Peters' YouTube clips have been viewed over 60 million times and he has performed to sold-out crowds from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and New York’s Madison Square Garden to the Sydney Opera House and London’s O2 Arena (where he established a new attendance record). Over the course of his twenty-plus-year career, he has headlined a number of comedy festivals throughout North America, and in both 2009 and 2010, he made the Forbes list of top-earning comedians in the U.S. along with Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld.

Peters is also an author – his first book "Call Me Russell" was a number-one bestseller, and his new movie "Breakaway" will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 10th, hitting theatres that same month. In October, Peters will be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame as well – he is a Gemini Award winner for hosting the Juno Awards in 2008 and has been nominated an additional four times.

The Gemini Awards will take place in Toronto on September 7th at 8pm and will air on CBC.


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