Russell Peters’ latest gig includes wrangling a bunch of kids on A Little Help with Carol Burnett.
The comedy features a panel of children between the ages of four and eight, with a rotation of eight to 10 kids in total. The kids answer some of the “toughest” questions by adults, and for the most part, the answers are pretty hilarious.
“It’s very sound sometimes… they narrowed it down to its most innocent fragment and you’re like, ‘it almost seems to simple to be real,'” he continues.
Peters, who is also a father, said that during the audition, he was put in a room with a couple of kids.
And with so much already under his belt, including another comedy tour heading to Europe, Peters is also aware how much comedy has changed since he started 30 years ago.
“There’s a lot of stars of comedy now, where before it was a bunch of comics in comedy, now you got a bunch of comedy stars and people know a lot of comic’s names and it’s kind of a cool time,” Peters said.
And with so many more conversations around diversity in the industry, he recognizes talking about race makes some people feel uncomfortable.
“I can’t change how I am because people have a sudden interest in becoming offended over everything. People focus and fixate on words, where they need to focus on intent because the words aren’t the bad things in the world, the intention is the bad thing. At the same time people will take your intention and try to work it into their little weird world.”
His new tour, which he plans on ending in Canada, is more mature, he adds, and not his usual type of stand-up.
“I started 30 years ago and it was never about anything else but making people laugh and that’s all it’s ever been and all it’s ever going to be.”
A Little Help with Carol Burnett streams on Netlix on May 4.