CBC Television confirms hiring Russell Peters to insult the entire country at Gemini Awards
CBC Television and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television confirmed today that they have hired a rich, small-dicked, 40-year-old funny brown man to host the 26th annual Gemini Awards.
No, not Moe Sihota. He’s in his 50s.
It’s Russell Peters, the insanely popular Canadian comedian who has built a monster rep and fortune on making people laugh at the kind of observational humour about race, culture, and stereotypes that a white guy couldn’t get away with.
The show will be broadcast from Toronto on September 7 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. Newfoundland time, so residents of the Rock don’t get offended by the opening 30 minutes of Newfie jokes).
Peters has hosted the Juno Awards twice, and he has been nominated for four Gemini Awards, winning one of them for his 2008 Juno gig. Can you win a Gemini for hosting the Geminis? Who knows, but you can bet he’ll crack a joke or three about that.
He should also be able to mine some ethnic fun out of some of the titles of this year’s Gemini nominees, notably The Last of the Wild Jews, Mubarak Refuses to Resign, Africa on the Move, The Uluit: Champions of the North, Nazi Hunters, The 18th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, My Tribe Is My Life, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Last Call Indian, and (shudder) Marguerite Patten’s Best British Dishes.