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Breathing life into an elderly curmudgeon, or a purple human-like creature from the Micronesian islands, or even a self-effacing, talking jalapeno-on-a-stick, Jeff Dunham is straight man to some of the funniest partners in show business. He has amassed legions of loyal fans throughout the United States and abroad with thousands of sold-out theater and comedy club performances and countless television guest spots. He continues to win great accolades and success for one simple reason: He and his buddies are funny. Oh, and by the way… Jeff Dunham is a comic ventriloquist.

Jeff Dunham (born April 18, 1962) is a funny American ventriloquist and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and Sonny With a Chance. He has five specials that run on Comedy Central: Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos and Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters. Dunham also starred in The Jeff Dunham Show, a series on the network in 2009.

His style has been described as “a dressed-down, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder”. Describing his characters, Time observes, “All of them are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered.” Jeff Dunham has been credited with reviving ventriloquism,and doing more to promote the art of ventriloquism than anyone since Edgar Bergen.

Jeff Dunham’s comedic skill, impeccable technique, and sleight of hand make him a master of his craft. In fact, audiences often forget there is a person behind the puppets. “What makes this performer the best at what he does is the believability factor,” one reviewer wrote. “Dunham’s characters have more personality than a lot of people I know.”
Book or hire Jeff DunhamDunham’s talent has parlayed him to the top of his game with multiple critical achievements and television appearances, including a recent profile on CBS’s “60 Minutes II.” The comic was interviewed by correspondent and actress Candice Bergen, daughter of the legendary ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Between jokes and laughs, Ms. Bergen called Jeff Dunham “…flat out FUNNY!”

Dunham was also voted “Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic”’ at the American Comedy Awards, an honor shared with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy, and Robin Williams. Additionally, viewers recently voted Jeff Dunham to third place (for the second time in two years!) in Comedy Central’s “Standup Showdown.” The comedian and his grumpy old-man partner, Walter, have made several appearances on Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show,” and they’ve been featured on such television shows as “Hollywood Squares,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Good Morning America.” Also, in a near-legendary television appearance, Jeff Dunham and Walter brought the house down with a sketch on an episode of the WB’s “Blue Collar TV.”

Jeff Dunham is a true veteran of the comedic stage, and has more than honed his craft: Performing 40 weeks and 250 dates a year in concert venues, comedy clubs, and countless private corporate appearances, he is one of the most sought-after entertainers working today. While he has never held a “real job,” he has compiled an impressive resume: He is the only person ever to win the prestigious “Ventriloquist of the Year” award twice, and he was recently nominated “Comedian of the Year” by the TNN Music City News Country Awards.

Jeff Dunham’s seemingly most significant stamp of approval, however, will always be when Johnny Carson invited the ventriloquist to the couch on his very first “Tonight Show” appearance. This is an honor Dunham shares with only four other comedians during Carson’s 30-year tenure. An extraordinary comedy moment erupted when Walter had the audacity to respond to Carson’s invitation for another appearance with, “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I come back here.” Carson laughed heartily, the audience howled, and the young comedian’s career was launched to a new level. And a side note: Jeff Dunham has appeared on the “Tonight Show” more than any ventriloquist in history!

Anyone who has experienced an evening with Jeff Dunham knows, however, that the real stars of the show are his partners in comedy, and it’s
JEFF-DUNHAM-and-Dummies-171x300the humor and the believability of his characters, Peanut, Walter, and José Jalapeño…on a STEEK! that endear them to audiences everywhere. Recently joining the roster and adding even more spark to Dunham’s menagerie are two new co-stars: First, there’s Sweet Daddy Dee, he’s the new showbiz manager of the bunch, wearing more bling than Snoop Dogg, and keeping Dunham confused with his street-savvy and hip-hop talk. On the other end of the spectrum is Bubba J, white trash and buck-toothed, he makes NASCAR his second religion. Achmed is the skeletal corpse of an incompetent suicide bomber, whom Dunham uses to satirize the contemporary issue of terrorism. He is known for yelling, “Silence! I kill you!” to Dunham and people laughing in the audience.

With material suited and customized for the audience at hand, Dunham’s fans range the gamut: From bikers to surgeons, singles to families, young to old, and hip to geek, people return over and over, year after year to see the antics of one man, who seems like many. And Dunham’s characters are so vivid and memorable that the comedian usually opens with ten minutes of his own solo stand-up, simply to establish himself as the hub of the wheel. “If people walk away thinking, ‘Those guys were FUNNY,’ rather than ‘He was a great ventriloquist,’ then I’ve done my job,” says Jeff Dunham.

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