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No joke — Russell Peters is a famous comedian

He is No. 9 on the Forbes magazine list of top-earning comics and has set attendance records in Britain. Yet the politically incorrect comic is largely unknown in the U.S. ‘Why is Hollywood ignoring me?’ he says. ‘I don’t know.’

April 16, 2010|By Gina Piccalo, Special to the Los Angeles Times

But this year, he finally landed his first major film role in director Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller "Source Code" starring as a disgraced comedian opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. (The film is in production.) It's a higher glamour quotient than stand-up but financially small potatoes compared with his global stand-up machine. His Sydney show next month will be the largest single comedy show in Australian history. In September, he'll head back to London's O2 arena, where he is again poised to break his own attendance records.

And yet, when Peters returns home to his Studio City "compound" he's still a touch miffed that the paparazzi outside his favorite Rodeo Drive suit store don't recognize him. "None of the paparazzi have any clue who I am," he says, remembering one particular encounter. "I look at them. I go, ‘There's nobody in the [expletive] store. You're the worst paparazzi ever! You can't spot talent! And then when you do, you can't even find them!' And then I walked away."

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