How Jeff Dunham’s offensive puppets became the voice of Trump’s America

From José the Mexican immigrant to Achmed the dead terrorist, his foul-mouthed puppets have made him one of the richest comedians on the planet. How will the ventriloquist go down in Britain?

Jeff Dunham is on a high. He has just played to a sell-out crowd in the Texas city of San Antonio. Any other ventriloquist would be happy with an audience of a few hundred, maybe in their wildest dreams a thousand. But Dunham and his cast of dummies pulled in a whopping 19,000 fans – and every one of them seemed to have had a riotously fun evening.

“Other comedians,” he says, “must be scratching their heads and thinking, ‘How the hell is this happening?’ It’s like aliens were looking down and saying, ‘Here’s how we’re going to screw up Earth. We’ll make a reality TV guy the president – who 60% of people hate – and then, here’s something weirder, we’ll make this ventriloquist guy so successful he sells out stadiums.’”

The crowd roar with laughter when Achmed curses: ‘God damn it! I mean – Allah damn it!’

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How Jeff Dunham’s offensive puppets became the voice of Trump’s America

From José the Mexican immigrant to Achmed the dead terrorist, his foul-mouthed puppets have made him one of the richest comedians on the planet. How will the ventriloquist go down in Britain?

Jeff Dunham is on a high. He has just played to a sell-out crowd in the Texas city of San Antonio. Any other ventriloquist would be happy with an audience of a few hundred, maybe in their wildest dreams a thousand. But Dunham and his cast of dummies pulled in a whopping 19,000 fans – and every one of them seemed to have had a riotously fun evening.

“Other comedians,” he says, “must be scratching their heads and thinking, ‘How the hell is this happening?’ It’s like aliens were looking down and saying, ‘Here’s how we’re going to screw up Earth. We’ll make a reality TV guy the president – who 60% of people hate – and then, here’s something weirder, we’ll make this ventriloquist guy so successful he sells out stadiums.’”

The crowd roar with laughter when Achmed curses: ‘God damn it! I mean – Allah damn it!’

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Darci Lynne performs a duet on the finals of America’s Got Talent 2017

Young ventriloquist Darci Lynne has been the darling of this summer’s 2017 season of America’s Got Talent on NBC, and she proved tough to beat with her final live vote-getting performance Tuesday, singing a duet for two different puppets to “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Find out Wednesday if she wins AGT…roll it!

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Review: Jeff Dunham, “Relative Disaster” on Netflix

No, you’re the puppet! Jeff Dunham is undoubtedly the biggest ventriloquist in the world. By fans. By tickets sold. Dunham set ratings records for Comedy Central, and landed his previous special in primetime for NBC in 2015. Now he’s on Netflix. Because everyone in the comedy game is on Netflix in 2017. His new special […]

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12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne serenades Mel B on America’s Got Talent 2017

With everything that’s happening in America and in the world in 2017, would you believe there’s also room for a 12-year-old singing ventriloquist on America’s Got Talent? Darci Lynne received the “golden buzzer” into the live quarterfinal rounds last night on NBC, where she introduced a mouse puppet named Oscar who serenaded judge Mel B. […]

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Food Network orders “Incredible Edible Adventure” starring Jeff and Audrey Dunham

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham might not be your first pick for a Food Network host. But the cable channel is no dummy. The six-episode summer series Incredible Edible America will feature Dunham’s wife, nutrition specialist and fitness trainer Audrey Dunham, following the couple around the United States. Dunham, who previously hosted Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship, […]

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