Jeffrey Dunham is an American ventriloquist, stand-up comedian and actor who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and Sonny With a Chance. He has six specials that run on Comedy Central: Arguing with Myself, Spark of Insanity, Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special, Controlled Chaos, Minding the Monsters, and All Over the Map. Dunham also starred in The Jeff Dunham Show, a series on the network in 2009. His style has been described as "a dressed-down, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder". Time described his characters as "politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered." Dunham has been credited with reviving ventriloquism and doing more to promote the art form than anyone since Edgar Bergen. Dunham has been called "America's favorite comedian" by Slate.
|Birth name||Jeffrey Dunham|
|Born||April 18, 1962, Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Medium||Stand-up, Film, Television|
|Alma mater||Baylor University|
|Genres||Ventriloquism, observational comedy, black comedy, prop comedy|
|Notable works and roles||Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special, The Jeff Dunham Show, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos, Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters, Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map|
|Website||Jeff Dunham's Official site|
|Jeff Dunham's Twitter|
|IMDb||Jeff Dunham's IMDb|
Stand-up comedian and ventriloquist who became the first person to win the Ventriloquist of the Year Award twice in 2008. His Christmas special, A Very Special Christmas Special, was the most-watched telecast in Comedy Central history when it premiered in 2008.
He was adopted by the real estate appraiser Howard Dunham and his wife Joyce when he was three months old. He began his ventriloquist career when they gave him a Mortimer Snerd dummy for his 8th Christmas.
He began satirizing terrorism in the early 2000s with a dummy called Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and the routine sketch video had over 200 million views by 2009.
He married Paige Dunham, whom he had three daughters with, on May 19, 1994, and divorced her in May 2010. He married his second wife Audrey Murdick in 2012. They welcomed twin boys named James and Jack on May 14, 2015.
In 2009 he was listed as the third-highest paid comedian after Jerry Seinfeld, and was called "America's Favorite Comedian" by Slate.com.
- Puppet designers
- Male actors from Dallas
- American puppeteers
- Baylor University alumni
- American adoptees
Latest information about Jeff Dunham updated on June 14 2021.