Jeff Dunham’s performances have taken the American stage by storm achieving wild success and popularity on the comedy circuit. Fascinated with ventriloquism since he was eight years old, Dunham has become the top grossing stand-up comedian in North America. Forbes Magazine listed him in the top 100 list of the most powerful entertainers for three years straight. In 2009, he had million in DVD’s sales, an additional million in merchandise, and received more than 350 million hits on YouTube. A Very Special Christmas Special was the most watched telecast in Comedy Central history.
Dunham’s comedic style has been described as a dressed-down version of Don Rickles with a multiple personality disorder. His shows include several colorful characters such as Walter, the grumpy retiree; the beer swilling, NASCAR-loving red neck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; José Jalapeno, the spicy pepper; the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist; the almost dead long-lost son of Achmed, AJ; and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy, Little Jeff. Time Magazine says of the characters, “All of them are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered.” The characters are uniquely entertaining in their own right. As a result, they have accumulated a fan base of their own.
Jeff Dunham has appeared on numerous television shows including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents and The Tonight Show. In addition, Dunham has had five television specials to run on Comedy Central. They include, Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself (2006), Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity (2007), Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special (2008), The Jeff Dunham Show (2009) Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos (2011), and Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters (2012).
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