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Which comedian has fascinated writers at Forbes, New York Times, and Guinness Book of World Records? It is none other than Jeff Dunham. He is a comedian who is most known for his ventriloquist puppet acts. Jeff Dunham’s unique, niche talents have sold more tickets than any other standup comedy tour, and his YouTube channel is rumored to have accumulated over a billion views. A comedian of Dunham’s magnitude in the entertainment industry is hard to come by, and it is easy to see why—no one is doing comedy quite like him.
In Jeff Dunham’s acts, his puppets are just as much a part of the comedic acts of Dunham himself. Audiences may be familiar with is most popular characters: Achmed, the boggle-eyed skeleton who combusted; Peanut, the purple sidekick who is neurotic, naughty, and lovable; Walter, the dark, scrooge-like character who puts people in their place; Jose, the illegal-turned-legal Mexican immigrant; and Bubba J, the country-loving, beer-loving, NASCAR-loving, proud redneck. Dunham’s puppets capitalize on stereotypes. This reliance on stereotype, generalized humor is something that bothers many people, based on the mass of anti-Jeff Dunham groups floating around the internet. Plus, ventriloquists are a love-it-or-leave it comedic medium. Despite these criticisms of Dunham’s humor, the general nature of his jokes and accessible topics has that special something that many people just “get.”
Dunham’s comedic career is impressive partly because of how quickly he rose in favor. Moving from Texas to California after graduating from college, Jeff Dunham embraced comedy, quickly jumping to the national comedy club circuit. His move from live tours to televised specials went well from the start, appearing primarily on Comedy Central and NBC. With strange and inventive acts, Dunham’s most watched specials include Unhinged in Hollywood, Minding the Monsters, Arguing with Myself, Controlled Chaos, All Over the Map, Spark of Insanity, and A Very Special Christmas. Like many comedians since the invent of television, Jeff Dunham has also begun to make his way in movies and television. These projects include The Nut Job, From Up on Poppy Hill, Smurfs Lost Village, Mune: Guardian of the Moon, and 30 Rock. Interestingly, Dunham has also written a highly praised autobiography, All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me.
With soaring success, Jeff Dunham is not slowing down anytime soon. Standup is still a passion of his, even after being granted his shiny Hollywood Star. The Jeff Dunham tour has included California, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Washington. If he is coming to your area, be sure to pick up Jeff Dunham tickets to his one-of-a-kind act. Or, make a trip of it, and travel to one of his tour destinations.