Comedian Ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham, is no stranger to the stage. There is not much of a story when it comes to this all-star, talented man and his puppets. Most may think someone holding a puppet would be considered a joke in the comedy industry. Dunham wanted to take that to another level and prove to be the best ventriloquist ever. Needless to say, Dunham has achieved his goal. Yet, he keeps going, and with a successful career behind him, the only way for him to look is ahead.
As many perks that come with being a successful comedian, there are also one or two downfalls. One of those downfalls is time. Time is not a luxury of Dunham's. However, he was able to answer some of my questions after his popular comedy show that took place in Indianapolis, Indiana this past November.
In 2009, Executive Editor, Josh Levin from Slate.com titled Jeff Dunham as "America's Favorite Comedian," stating that Dunham grossed more in the year 2008 than any other stand-up act that year. When I asked Dunham who he considered to be his own favorite comedian, he explained that [American comedian, author, playwright, social critic, and actor] Lewis Black is one of his favorites.
Many remember the late and great, Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." When Carson was host, stand-up comedians considered being on "The Tonight Show" to be the holy grail of all stand-up gigs, especially after comedian, Freddie Prinze (father to Freddie Prinze, Jr.) made it to Carson's couch. After a few snags, Dunham achieved this back in 1990. After achieving that goal, I asked Dunham what he might consider to be his next "holy grail."
Dunham answered, "Honestly, it's just a journey. I hope in the near future that we can do a couple of films and bring the characters to life on the big screen, plus continue to expand our presence worldwide. At this point we're just having fun filling the dance card."
Dunham answered one question for me that I could not help but ask. After all, this man is known as a comedian. But, with him comes an array of unique characters that are his own, custom made puppets.
I asked him, "If all your puppets were caught in a fire and you could only save one, why would you choose that particular puppet?"
Dunham responded, "It goes without saying, that Achmed certainly has allowed me to break through in places that otherwise might have remained closed for a while. His clips on You Tube put whatever ride it is that the characters and I are on into a very high orbit. Achmed is definitely a crowd pleaser, but then again he’s already dead."
Keep an eye out for Jeff Dunham and his talented cast of puppets on his tour. Below are his upcoming tour dates. There is still the opportunity to catch Dunham's comedy show.
2014 DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOUR DATES
January 8 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
January 9 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
January 10 BJCC Arena, Birmingham, AL
January 12 Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
January 22 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
January 23 Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, FL
January 24 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
January 25 BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
January 26 Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL
February 5 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
February 6 BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
February 9 Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE
February 14 Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR
February 15 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
February 27 iWireless Center, Moline, IL
February 28 State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
March 1 Landers Center (formerly DeSoto Civic Center), Southhaven, MS
March 13 NMSU Pan American Center, Las Cruces, NM
March 14 US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
March 16 Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, CO
March 29 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
March 30 Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
April 11 The Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL
April 12 The Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL
June 14 Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater at Harrah’s Laughlin, Laughlin, NV