Edgar Bergen was a real source of inspiration for the future ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who turned at an early age to Bergen's books and recordings, in order to learn the skills he needed when first starting out.
In 1968, at eight years old, Jeff Dunham had his first performance in front of an audience for an oral book report, in the third grade. It was about Hansel and Gretel and from that moment Jeff Dunham started to get paid for his performances, being audited by the IRS at the age of 13.
After Jeff Dunham's graduation from Baylor University, Jeff Dunham started performing at comedy clubs all across the U.S. in the late 1980s.Along his career as a comedian that consists in 20 years of comedy & ventriloquism, Jeff Dunham made his appearance in numerous television comedy shows such as Mr. Chilli: Too Hot for TV, The comedy concert, Comedy Central Presents, Star Search, The tonight show, Late show with David Letterman, making his debut on Johnny Carson's couch in 1990.
The 1990 appearance in Johhny Carson's Couch was the start that propelled comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham career.Since 1990, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's career rapidly increased, considering that only he and four other comedians got to sit on that couch.
Also in the 1990s, the ventriloquist Jeff Dunham started acting, by doing small parts in movies, mostly playing himself or one of his characters, movies like "Ellen", "Xuxa" and "Hot Country Nights".
In the early 2000s the comedian Jeff Dunham played ventriloquist in "Any day now" and "She spies", and also Benny and Kenny in "One on One", Amazing Ken on "Delta Farce", and Jeff Dunham did an appearance in 2008 "Live in Gotham" too.
Along the way in his career, the comedian Jeff Dunham has received many awards as well for his comedy skills and his ventriloquism talent. He, amongst Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy, Robin Williams, was voted Funniest Male Stand Up Comic at the American Comedy Awards and was also voted #1 comedian in Comedy Central's "Stand Up Showdown".
Jeff Dunham was also the only ventriloquist ever to be awarded "Ventriloquist of the Year" award twice.
ComedyJeff Dunham is well known and easily distinguished amongst the other comedians for beginning with a stand up few minute routine in which he talks about his personal life and the latest of his usual family problems caused by Jeff Dunham's daughters growing up, or about any of his pets doing something funny or discussable in a comedic manner after which he begins breathing life into his "plastic family".
All members of vetriloquist Jeff Dunham's stand up comedy shows are home-made by Dunham himself, and it's a numerous family too. In his stand up comedy shows, the great comedian and ventriloquist comes to be the voice of an elderly curmudgeon that being old and full of sarcasm Jeff Dunham's Walter puppet, a purple, comic, human-like creature, Jeff Dunham's Peanut puppet, the well known and all-loved Jeff Dunham's Achmed the Dead Terrorist, his timid but hilarious Jalapeno on a Stick called Jeff Dunham Jose dummy and a few other really funny characters.
What makes Jeff Dunham comedy show so funny and yet approaching to all sensitive today's subjects is the fact that Jeff Dunham dummies can pronounce words Dunham isn't allowed to say. Also, another hilarious thing in this vetriloquist's comedy shows is how Jeff Dunham's dummies are making fun of crowd members without them getting offended the way they would if the jokes would come directly from Jeff Dunham's mouth while he uses his own voice.But as other comedian ventriloquists have said before Jeff Dunham, through the voices of their charactersâ?¬Â¦ you can't get mad at a piece of wood, or plastic in this case.
Being the first comedian - ventriloquist, gave Jeff Dunham the opportunity to attract legions of fans of comedy all over the world in this way getting to sell over 2.7 million DVDs only based on his first two comedy specials, Spark of Insanity and Arguing with Myself. Jeff Dunham video Arguing with Myself and Spark of Insanity were both released one after another in 2006 and 2007.
On 11th of April 2006 was released Jeff Dunham DVD Arguing with Myself. Jeff Dunham's video Arguing with Myself was taped in Santa Ana, California , same 2006.Jeff Dunham video Arguing with Myself features Jeff Dunham Walter puppet, Sweet Daddy Dee, Jeff Dunham's Bubba J. dummy, Jeff Dunham Peanut character and Jose Jalapeno puppet.
It's known that Jeff Dunham's puppet Bubba J. was made in the last second, the paint on it being still wet during the performance in Arguing with Myself special.On 17th of September 2007, Jeff Dunham Spark of Insanity comedy show, was released.
This stand up comedy show is comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's 2nd special comedy.Jeff Dunham Spark of Insanity was filmed at Warner Theater Washington, DC and included Jeff Dunham's stage family: Walter, Peanut, Melvin The Superhero Guy, Jose Jalapeno on a Stick, but Jeff Dunham brings one new character, the controversial dummy: Jeff Dunham Achmed the Dead Terrorist.
At the half of 2008 comedian and ventriloquits Dunham appears in a documentary called "I'm no dummy", a documentary that examines and explores the world of ventriloquism trough small clips of numerous ventriloquists such as Kelly Asbury, Willie Tyler and Damian Cecere along with our star in discussion, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.
The idea of the whole show is to illustrate that this form of entertainment, meaning stand up comedy and ventriloquism is truly an extraordinary art form, and not just a talent that some comedians have and others don't.
Another thing to mention about Jeff Dunham is that his puppets are not his only toys, he has a passion for home made aircrafts also. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is not talented only in the fields of comedy and ventriloquism but he is also talented with his hands and practical imagination managing to create real small airplanes that get off the ground and take the comedian and sometimes Jeff Dunham's Walter puppet along with him up in the free world of the sky.
At the end of 2008 the comedian Jeff Dunham appeared for the first time on Comedy Central with his comedy special named Jeff Dunham Christmas Special.
Jeff Dunham Christmas Special is Jeff Dunham's 3rd special stand up comedy show and was recorded at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Jeff Dunham Christmas Special was released on November 16th 2008. The premiere was the highest rated telecast in Comedy Central's history getting to sell over 400.000 DVD's in the first two weeks after it's launch.
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