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Jeff Dunham is a popular comedian and ventriloquist, known for his crass yet clever antics with his puppets.
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A preview of "Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy," which profiles the comic who has made ventriloquism hip again.
A short biography of Jeff Dunham whose devotion to dummies since he was a kid allowed him to achieve his dream when he appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
A 30 second preview of "Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy."
Jeff Dunham knows the key to bringing his characters to life is giving them both an outrageous personality and a distinctive look.
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His limited-series program, The Jeff Dunham Show, was a Comedy Central record breaker, and he demonstrated comic reach internationally -- a feat which few comedians can boast.
Still, Dunham's material and style aren't for everyone. Some critics have complained about his sophomoric humor, something Dunham, who seems to delight in the fact that his material isn't terribly complicated, doesn't shy away from.
Others have suggested that Dunham, who has a large conservative following and whose fame came in the wake of other blue-collar style comics like Jeff Foxworthy, feeds off of stereotypes. One of his popular characters is Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and insults between the performer and his puppets have included the line, "You're from Planet Retard."
But Dunham defends his performances by saying he's an equal opportunity insulter. "I've skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly and my wife," he has said. "As a standup comic, it is my job to make sure the majority of people laugh, and I believe that comedy is the last true form of free speech."
In late 2010, Dunham published his autobiography, All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me.
Jeff Dunham, who divorced Paige Brown in May 2010, has three daughters: Bree, Ashlyn and Kenna.
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