Jeff Dunham is arguably one of the top 10 most popular comedians in the world and most certainly the most popular ventriloquist still alive. His eccentric mix of potty humor and political insight has captivated audiences of all kinds.
He is also a master at touring, spending nearly every year since 2007 touring almost half of the time. Fans should expect a very sporadic and constantly changing show. Dunham rarely sticks with a single character for over 15 minutes, switching each often. He also manages to bring multiple characters on stage at once for some in between puppet chatting and arguing.
It is the perfect culmination of everything Jeff Dunham is known for, but the comic adds some rather new elements to his show as well. He spends some time without a puppet at all. This self-realization is important to add context to his show. He displays a slideshow of photos from when he was a child which are quite funny, and Dunham’s own narrative over them is a worthy addition to the show.
Dunham then dives into his puppet routines, and closes with the popular, Walter. His egomaniacal attitude and general complaining about everything is quite light-hearted after bringing onstage a skeleton terrorist, a psychotic superhero, and a deluded pimp.
What characters should I expect to see?
Jeff Dunham balances out his latest tour with some classic favorites and a few underutilized characters from the past. One of his most popular, and oldest, is the grumpy and jaded old man named Walter. Walter is not a particularly good human being, which is a running theme with all his characters. Walter is also a comic mainstay in Jeff Dunham’s repertoire. From one tour to the next the dialogue changes, but the attitude is the same.
Dunham seems to scale back on his use of his most controversial character, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Claims of him being a racist and a stereotype ring true for millions of people, so perhaps Dunham is trying to distance his act away from the one character that he gained worldwide notoriety for. He does use Achmed in a specific rapid fire question bit, but it only lasts a few moments. The angry terrorist squares off against Peanut, another extremely popular mainstay, in a sort of detective-oriented dissection of a crime.
Jeff Dunham brings out a relatively new character known as Little Jeff. It resembles Jeff Dunham to comical affect. Dunham references his own inadequacies as well as comments left by critics of his act. It is a perfect resolution to the wide palette of Dunham characters.
What kind of crowd should I expect?
Jeff Dunham is a bit famous for railing into all sorts of demographics. This may seemingly alienate certain people and groups, but it seems that Dunham’s relative ‘sticking it to everyone’ mentality is a universal enjoyment. The only type of people not at a Dunham show is the sensitive type.
With that said, expect a lot of middle aged individuals. Ironically enough, Dunham has a large conservative base, and it comes across in his live show and in the audience.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Jeff Dunham’s tour?
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the comic as well as his notoriously high frequency tour schedule, presales are not often provided.
The only viable source is through Presale Passwords Info. Though it is important to note that just because a show is listed it does not mean that presales are still available. Users need an account with the presale resource to obtain the password, and an account with TicketMaster to make the actual purchase.
Who is Jeff Dunham’s publicist and press contact?
Dunham is affiliated with the LEG Management Agency located in Los Angeles, California. Any booking inquiries or general media questions are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Few comedians can leave an audience gasping for breath with multiple fart jokes, riffs on sign-language interpreters and a parade of politically incorrect ventriloquist’s dummies. But Jeff Dunham is a special breed. During his Tuesday night “Disorderly Conduct” show at the New York State Fair grandstand, the stand-up comic and ventriloquist hybrid reduced a crowd of about 5,000 — almost one-third of the outdoor venue’s 17,000-seat capacity — to howls and knee-slaps before he even took the stage.” – Meera Jagannathan of Syracuse Press
“If you know the Dallas native’s act, then you’re familiar with his tour’s players, such as salty curmudgeon Walter, purple Peanut and pepper-on-a-stick José Jalapeño, and the type of sassy barbs exhaled from their manipulated mouths. For the rest of you, let’s address the obvious question: How in the name of Howdy Doody can a ventriloquist book First Niagara Center in 2013?” – Michael Farrell of Buffalo News
“The concert begins with a brilliantly created short film covering a day in the life of the various personalities accompanying Jeff Dunham on this tour, including Peanut, the curmudgeon Walter, Little Jeff, Jose Jalapeno and off course Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Not only is the clip extremely funny, you forgot the miserable adventures you undertook just to attend this show.” – On Tour Monthly
Disorderly Conduct Tour
November 1, 2012 in Lethbridge, Canada | Ended April 12, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois
Controlled Chaos Tour
Started October 6, 2011 in Loveland, Colorado | Ended September 30, 2012 in West Point, New York
Identity Crisis Tour
Started January 14, 2010 in Albany, Texas | Ended September 24, 2011 in Hammond, Indiana
Spark of Insanity Tour
Started September 8, 2007 in Addison, Texas | Ended January 9, 2010 in Rancho Mirage, California