Russell Peters at Coca Cola Arena Dubai review

Canadian comic opens the newest venue in the city in style

Russell Peters

Russell Peters

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Russell Peters has all the swagger and confidence of a comedian that has 30 years of experience under his belt.

Not every stand-up can take to the stage in a pink suit in a city half the world away from his home town and have the place in stitches, but not every comic is Russell Peters.

Taking on the responsibility of being the first act to perform at the Coca Cola Arena was like a walk in the park, and from our experience at the latest entertainment destination, the new venue will prove be a big hit in this city too.

It’s well located, hard to miss when shimmering red and white at night and with parking and the Metro close by it’s a piece of cake to get to too.



Inside the circular arena there’s everything you expect including loads of food and drink kiosks, so if your idea of a good time is eating nachos or pizza and watching a comedy show then you’re in luck.

The room itself is a large space and most seats have a good vantage point but if you’re high up, way up the back, you might feel a little far from the action and wish you had gone up a tier of ticket.

For the first show it’s around three-quarters full but the audience is up for the show and the headline act duly delivered.

From the outset the experienced comic picked out a few audience members from the front few rows, some of which may have wished they had stayed home instead of being taken apart by an experienced showman.

Poor Lancelot, the Indian expat with an usual name for someone from the subcontinent, became a regular target but he can at least lay claim to being given both barrels from one of the most experienced comics on the circuit.



In truth, there was a lot of this show that we wouldn’t be able to repeat word for word, and since Peters doesn’t allow any smartphones to be used during his act, you’ll have to go see him yourself or watch the special to see what we’re talking about.

Blasting through a diverse and well-rehearsed set, Peters discussed the trials and tribulations of growing up with Indian parents, the joy of parenthood, the stresses of growing old and having health problems and modern relationships.

Going off on tangents and meandering from the script are part and parcel for Peters so the audience never lost focus or realised that nearly 90 minutes had been and gone when he took a bow and left the stage.

It was a solid performance from a reliable act and a fitting start for a venue that will be sure to host many magnificent events and experiences in the years to come - next up, Maroon 5.

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