When it comes to working comedians, there are few people on the planet with a better claim to the title of “hardest working” than Jeff Dunham. Not to mention “most popular” – an impressive feat for a ventriloquist in the 21st Century.
Jeff Dunham got his start as a ventriloquist in the suburbs of his hometown of Dallas, TX. By college he was performing close to 100 live shows per year and bringing in $70,000 a year from private gigs. By his late 20s, he achieved his dream of performing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Dunham’s comedy specials have included Spark of Insanity, Identity Crysis, Controlled Chaos, Disorderly Conduct, and Not Playing with a Full Deck. His most popular dummies are Walter, a grumpy old man; Peanut, a strange “woozle;” José Jalapeño on a Stick; Bubba J the redneck; Melvin the Superhero Guy; and Achmed the Dead Terrorist.